Valencia vs Atletico MadridLa Liga, KO: 15:15 Nov 7, 2021, Estadio de Mestalla
Atletico Madrid will look to breathe new life into their title defence as they face Valencia in a Spanish La Liga fixture. Los Che are often difficult opponents but have not been at their best this season and could find things difficult against the champions.
Valencia made a strong start to the season and collected 10 points from the first 12 available. That solid start saw them set the early pace in La Liga and brought renewed optimism about a return to the glory days for Los Che.
However, that early form could not be maintained and Valencia have been steadily slipping down the table and now sit in 10th. They went on a seven-match winless run which was only ended with a 2-0 victory over an equally out of sorts Villarreal last time out.
The task for manager Jose Bordalas is to build on the win over Villarreal but even their home form has left a lot to be desired lately. They are winless in three of their last four matches in front of their fans and have already suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Real Madrid this season.
Atletico Madrid came flying out of the blocks last season, going unbeaten in their opening 10 La Liga matches on their way to securing the title. They have not made a convincing start this term but are still part of the leading pack.
Diego Simeone will go into Sunday’s clash hoping to put the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Liverpool behind him. The manager would much rather focus on the 3-0 victory over Real Betis in their previous La Liga fixture.
Despite not playing at their best, Atletico Madrid have suffered just one La Liga defeat this season. They have also claimed some solid results on their recent travels, including 2-1 victories over Espanyol and Getafe.
How the bookies view it
Recent head to head
Atletico Madrid have a fine record in this fixture and are unbeaten in the last 13 matches against Valencia. They did the double over Los Che last season, earning a 1-0 victory at the Mestalla before running out 3-1 winners in Madrid.
Players to watch
Much of Valencia’s goals have come from midfield with Goncalo Guedes and Carlos Soler combining for seven goals this season. Unibet has Soler at 17/4 to score anytime while also offering 19/4 on Guedes in the same market.
Antoine Griezmann has shown glimpses of his best form lately with three goals in his last four matches across all competitions. The striker returns to the team after being suspended in the Champions League and is priced at 13/5 by Skybet to find the net.
Anything else catch the eye?
There has been BTTS in five of the last six matches between Valencia and Atletico Madrid and a repeat can be considered at 21/20 with William Hill. Atleti have also seen over 2.5 goals in four of their last five matches and Sunday’s clash could be tipped to follow a similar pattern at 5/4 with William Hill.
Atletico Madrid could also be tipped to score the first goal at 7/10 with betway.
This La Liga match between Valencia and Atletico Madrid will be played on Nov 7, 2021 and kick off at 15:15. Check below for our tipsters best Valencia vs Atletico Madrid prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.