S
SEARCH
M
SW
Saturday, July 31
Nov 28, 2020 at 3.15pm UK
ValenciaValencia
0-1
AtleticoAtletico Madrid

Racic (28'), Guillamon (57')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Lato (79' og.)
Niguez (43'), Correa (62'), Llorente (76'), Felix (81'), Koke (83')

Preview: Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid - prediction, team news, lineups: ID:423854: from db_amp
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Valencia and Atletico Madrid, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Atletico Madrid will be aiming to record their sixth La Liga victory in a row when they travel to Mestalla on Saturday afternoon to face Valencia.

Diego Simeone's side are currently second in the table, three points behind leaders Real Sociedad with two games in hand, while Valencia occupy ninth position in Spain's top flight.


Match preview

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.

Not only have the capital giants scored an impressive 18 times in their eight matches, they have conceded just twice, which is an indication of the size of the task facing Valencia this weekend.

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


Team News

Valencia will be without the services of Jose Gaya this weekend due to a hamstring injury, meaning that Toni Lato should earn a spot at left-back.

Jasper Cillessen is also on the sidelines with a muscular problem, but Mouctar Diakhaby is making steps forward in his recovery from injury and could be involved in some capacity on Saturday.

Yunus Musah continues to make a positive impression for Los Che and should keep his spot, while Thierry Correia is pushing for a return at right-back, which could see Daniel Wass feature in midfield.

Maxi Gomez is also fit and should start, but Denis Cheryshev has had a coronavirus scare ahead of the contest, meaning that Goncalo Guedes could come into the starting XI on Saturday.

As for Atletico, Diego Costa, Hector Herrera, Manu Sanchez and Sime Vrsaljko are still unavailable for selection through injury.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez and Lucas Torreira will again miss out for the capital giants due to recent positive coronavirus tests while on international duty with Uruguay.

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.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home/Away:data


amp_article__423854 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2020-11-26 18:15:18:
html db last update - 2021-03-08 23:52:33 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html
Read more!
Share this article now:
La Liga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Athletic Bilbao00000000
2Atletico MadridAtletico00000000
3Barcelona00000000
4CadizCadiz00000000
5Celta Vigo00000000
6AlavesAlaves00000000
7ElcheElche00000000
8Espanyol00000000
9Getafe00000000
10Granada00000000
11Levante00000000
12Mallorca00000000
13Osasuna00000000
14Rayo Vallecano00000000
15Real Betis00000000
16Real Madrid00000000
17Real Sociedad00000000
18Sevilla00000000
19Valencia00000000
20Villarreal00000000
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.