All things considered, Valencia's league form this season has been far from disastrous, picking up 12 points from 10 matches to occupy ninth position in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Real Madrid.
A busy summer transfer window saw a number of key players leave the club, and the failure to bring in high-quality replacements led to head coach Javi Gracia admitting that he wanted to depart.
Gracia, for now, remains in charge of first-team affairs, and Los Che are now unbeaten in their last three La Liga outings, with the run including a 4-1 home win over Real Madrid earlier this month.
The former Spanish champions also recovered from a 2-0 deficit to claim a point at Alaves last weekend, showing that the team, which is full of energy, has plenty of fight.
Valencia will be looking to claim another scalp this weekend, although they face an incredibly difficult test against arguably the favourites for the title this season.
Atletico further cemented their position as title challengers with an extremely important 1-0 victory over Barcelona last weekend, with Yannick Carrasco scoring the only goal of the contest late in the first half.
Simeone's team are absolutely flying in the league, winning each of their last five, while they have picked up 20 points from their eight matches to sit second in the table behind Sociedad.
Atletico are only three points off the summit with two games in hand, though, and their form in the opening months has led many to claim that they are the favourites for the championship ahead of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, who certainly have issues this term.
Los Rojiblancos were unable to overcome Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night, though, with a goalless draw leaving them second in the section behind Bayern Munich.
Valencia La Liga form: LLLDWD
Atletico Madrid La Liga form: DWWWWW
Atletico Madrid form (all competitions): WWDWWD
Angel Correa is expected to join Joao Felix in the final third of the field, while Mario Hermoso should get the nod over Renan Lodi at left-back, with Koke, Saul Niguez and Marcos Llorente all featuring in midfield.
Valencia possible starting lineup:
Domenech; Correia, Gabriel, Guillamon, Lato; Soler, Wass; Guedes, Kang-in, Musah; Gomez
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso; Llorente, Koke, Saul, Carrasco; Correa, Felix
We say: Valencia 0-1 Atletico Madrid
This has all of the makings of a very interesting game of football, and there is no question that Valencia will be desperate to upset Atletico. The match is a real test of the away team's title credentials, and we fancy them to claim a narrow victory against an inconsistent Los Che.