Atletico Madrid’s quest for their first league title since the 2013/14 season continues in earnest this Sunday when they welcome Valencia to the Wanda Metropolitano to cap off this matchweek’s La Liga action.
Atletico Madrid have been utterly dominant this season. Coming to the halfway stage of the season, they lead the league table with 44 points from their 17 games played, a massive 7 points clear of their nearest challengers, the defending champions Real Madrid, with a game in hand to boot.
They have only lost one game all season, at home to the champions. However, they have responded in style to that loss by racking off 6 straight wins in the league to consolidate their stranglehold at the summit of La Liga over the chasing pack.
Their comeback 2-1 win at Eibar in midweek spoke volumes of their character and determination. Diego Simeone will look to further stretch their advantage here or at the very least hold their ground.
Valencia have not had much to smile about this season. They are currently in 14th place in La Liga after winning just 4 of their 19 league games. You’d have to go back to the 1982/83 season to find the last time they had a return less than their current tally of 20 points from 19 matches.
Their four wins is just one more than two of the bottom three sides, which highlights the precarious situation they are in. Any further slip-ups will see them dragged into the relegation dogfight.
They have nevertheless managed to put up a good stretch of 5 unbeaten matches across all competitions coming into this match (3W, 2D) and coach Javi Garcia will hope to carry some of that momentum here.
Despite their struggles this season, Valencia have shown some signs of life in their recent fixtures. They are undefeated in their last 5 straight games across all competitions and have only lost one of their last 10 away matches. They have also generally turned up strongly against the top sides, claiming the scalp of Real Madrid who they beat 4-1 and sharing the spoils with Barcelona in a 2-2 draw. Atleti are on a mission but do not expect Valencia to roll any carpets for them. This will be a tough encounter particularly to start the game and may well open up in the latter stages. We fancy Most Goals 2nd Half @ 2.07 with Betway as our initial betting tip here.
Luis Suarez has been a revelation on his return to the capital club. The prodigal’s son is Atleti’s leading scorer with 11 goals to his credit and he has been on fire lately. His brace earned them the 2-1 comeback win over Eibar. Atletico goes as he goes. He has scored the opening scorer in three of the last four goals he has scored in. We are backing him to continue this scoring spree by scoring a goal here anytime @ 1.76 with Betway betting app as our last tip.
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