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Valencia vs Atletico Madrid Predictions

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Spain La Liga | Estadio de Mestalla | 14th February
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Valencia vs Atletico Madrid predictions for Friday night’s La Liga encounter at Mestalla. Matchday 24 in La Liga gets underway with a real corker, as two of the sides chasing a top-four finish lock horns at Mestalla. Read on for all our free La Liga predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 11/20

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Draw 1-1 @ 5/1

Reason For Valencia vs Atletico Madrid Predictions

  • Six of Valencia’s last seven home matches in La Liga have produced fewer than 2.5 goals, with the same applying to all but one of Atletico Madrid’s 11 away league games this season.
  • Four of the last five La Liga matches between the teams have produced fewer than 2.5 goals, with three of those games ending all square.
  • Valencia are unbeaten at home in La Liga this term, but have drawn five of their 12 starts (W7, D5). Atleti, meanwhile, have drawn five of their last eight outings on the road (W1, D5 and L2).

Valencia lose key battle in race for top four

Valencia have consistently failed to back up their tremendous home form on the road this season, and they were exposed again on their travels last weekend as top-four rivals Getafe ran out convincing 3-0 winners at Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Los Che were battered from minute one in Madrid, and had stopper Jaume Domenech to thank for keeping the score down. Valencia eventually caved during the last 30 minutes as veteran Jorge Molina fired in a brace and Mata added a third;  their misery compounded by Alessandro Fiorenzi’s sending off for a barbaric challenge on Cucurella.

Valencia are such a difficult team to fathom; they were trounced 4-1 by relegation-strugglers Mallorca in their previous away game, but showed no ill-effects as they went on to beat champions Barcelona 2-0 at home on Matchday 21, before grinding out a 1-0 success against Celta Vigo at Mestalla the following week.

Their fine record of seven wins and five draws from 12 outings on home soil this season proves Albert Celades’ men have been able to recover quickly from poor results and performances on their travels, but heavy beatings like they suffered at Getafe on Matchday 23 may soon start taking their toll.

Atleti return to winning ways

Valencia’s defeat at Coliseum Alfonso Perez leaves them seventh in the table and two points behind the Champions League places, with Atletico Madrid holding fourth spot going into this Friday’s crunch fixture. Los Colchoneros had slipped out of the top four following a 0-0 home stalemate against Leganes and defeats to Real Madrid (1-0) and Eibar (2-0), so their match against Granada at Wanda Metropolitano last Saturday night really was a must-win affair.

Angel Correa latched onto Koke’s neat through ball just six minutes in to settle the nerves, and the Argentine’s strike proved enough as Atleti managed the contest with authority, to grind out an important 1-0 victory.

The win boosted Atleti’s fine home record this season to seven wins and four draws from 12 games; but like Valencia, Simeone’s charges have been indifferent on their travels throughout the campaign. Los Colchoneros have three wins, five draws and three defeats on the board from 11 away starts and have lost their last two. So it’s hard to envisage a follow-up success here, particularly considering Valencia’s unbeaten record at Mestalla.

Goals at Mestalla set to be at a premium

This is a real six-pointer in the race for Champions League football and one which Valencia can’t afford to lose. A win for Atleti would take them five points clear of Los Che; however, a home victory would see Celades’ side leapfrog Los Colchoneros into fourth. All in all, though, there’s little to choose between the teams when you factor in Valencia’s strength at home and Atleti’s habit of slightly underperforming on their travels.

So we’re predicting a 1-1 draw at full-time and a repeat of October’s reverse fixture at Wanda Metropolitano. It definitely looks like being a hard-fought contest and we’re not anticipating many goals being scored. Four of the last five meetings have produced fewer than 2.5 goals, which has also been the outcome in six of Valencia’s last seven home games and in all but one of Atleti’s 11 away fixtures this season.

So alongside our correct score prediction, we’re also tipping up ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ for this Friday’s big clash, which should prove to be an extremely fascinating watch, as the wide open race for Champions League football intensifies.

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Article by: Chris K
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Published: February 13, 2020

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