Valencia v Atletico Madrid tips – can Los Che spring a surprise?

While many Spanish football fans have remarked upon the fact that Barcelona are finding life tough domestically, their recent 1-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano was partly down to the fact that the Catalan side came up against a tough Atletico Madrid side who were able to grind out a win in typical style.

Diego Simeone’s side are looking like their stubborn old selves and will go up against a Valencia side who are unpredictable after a handful of games in, with Los Che capable of serving up performances which saw them batter Real Madrid as well as suffering from unlikely defeats against some of the lesser club sides in the Spanish top flight.

Can Atletico Madrid Challenge For the Title?

At this early stage, there seems the very real possibility that Atletico Madrid could challenge hard for the La Liga title, with the Mattress Makers having secured twenty points from eight games played and that leaves them sitting in second position in the table.

Atleti have scored eighteen goals and conceded just twice to illustrate that Diego Simeone is still able to create a side that can win on a prolific basis without conceding many times and they are now a best price 7/4 for the La Liga title which puts them second in the betting behind Real Madrid.

Joao Felix is definitely the dangerous attacking player that adds a new dimension for this team and the Portuguese forward has ten goals on the board this season, with five of them being scored in La Liga, while Yannick Carrasco is back at the Madrid club and recently scored the winner against Barcelona.

Are Atletico a Good Bet to Win at Mestalla?

Atleti have won six and drawn two of their eight games to date in La Liga, with victories already recorded at Osasuna and Celta Vigo, although they were held to a goalless draw at Huesca earlier this season and were also handed a 4-0 pummelling at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

This match will come after a home match against Lokomotiv Moscow which means they should be well-prepared, with quotes of 5/6 the best you can find about a team who have won their past five La Liga matches and will be playing this match in an empty Mestalla Stadium.

Can Valencia Stop Atletico’s Winning Run?

Valencia have been among the more unpredictable teams in La Liga for several seasons and Los Che find themselves sitting tenth in the table after three wins, three draws and four defeats. Javi Gracia’s side have been involved in several high-scoring games this season although not always to their advantage.

Throughout October, there were three consecutive defeats against Real Betis, Villarreal and Elche although a 2-2 draw against Getafe was then followed by an emphatic 4-1 victory over Real Madrid included a hat-trick of penalties scored by Carlos Soler Barragan and then came another 2-2 draw against Alaves.

Valencia’s defence is not to be trusted and that spells a difficult encounter against an Atletico side who can contain their opponents and score when needed.

What Are the Best Bets for the Game?

We are going to side with Atletico Madrid to win this game and would maybe look to squeeze some juice out of a betting market by punting on a win to nil in favour of Diego Simeone’s side. Having shut out Barcelona over ninety minutes, this might seem like an easier assignment against a team who could be all over the shop when it comes to dealing with Joao Felix.

You could play the correct score market and go for either a 1-0 or 2-0 win in favour of Atleti, while Valencia have found the net in their past five matches and perhaps some punters might go for BTTS Yes on that basis, although this could be like trying to knock down a brick wall.

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