Sunday 5 Mar

Atl. Madrid vs Valencia Match Preview

05 Mar 2017 Stuart S. SPAIN: LaLiga
SPAIN: LaLiga

Atletico Madrid

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Kick-off
15:15 GMT
05 March 2017

Valencia CF

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Kick-off
15:15 GMT 05 March 2017

The Atletico Madrid vs Valencia match will be played on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at Vincente Calderon Stadium, Madrid. This is matchday 26 of the 2016/17 La Liga season.
Atletico Madrid is 5th with 46 points while Valencia is 13th with 29 points.

STATS

  • Atletico Madrid has conceded either 2 goals or none in their last 6 home La Liga matches (3 x 2 goals, 3 x 0 goals)
  • Valencia’s has scored in 13 of their 15 away matches this season in all competitions
  • Atletico Madrid has not lost 1 of their last 10 La Liga matches
  • Valencia has won 1 – at Villarreal – of their 6 away games in 2017 (D2, L3)
  • Both teams have scored in 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two sides

HEAD TO HEAD

When two sides met in Valencia, Atletico left the Mestalla with a 2-0 win under their belts.

Valencia hasn’t won this fixture since 2010/11. Since then, they have drawn 3 and lost 4 in all competitions at the Vincente Calderon.

Head to head matchess in LaLiga: Atletico Madrid - Valencia CF

02.10.2016 LaLi Valencia CF Atletico Madrid 0:2

ATLETICO MADRID NEWS

Atletico, a team whose reputation is forged on defensive solidity, haven’t kept a clean sheet in 7 games in all competitions. It’s a run which has seen their best performances away from home but in the past week, it’s been costly.

Defeat at home to Barcelona was followed by a draw at Deportivo La Coruna; 5 points which have seen them slip to 5th following Real Sociedad’s win at Betis.

The match in the Riazor may also cost them Fernando Torres services. The striker was knocked unconscious, with quick-thinking team-mates stopping him swallowing his tongue, with the striker doubtful for the match.

Diego Godin is missing – suspended – while Juanfran is also struggling. On the plus side for Diego Simeone, Saul Niguez returns after his suspension. Jose Gimenez is likely to deputise for Godin while Vrasljko will continue on the right for Juanfran.

Atletico must win this match to keep in the hunt for the Champions League places with Villarreal and Sociedad ready to take advantage of any slips.

Latest matches: Atletico Madrid

02.03.2017 LaLi Deportivo La Coruna Atletico Madrid 1:1 D
26.02.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid FC Barcelona 1:2 L
21.02.2017 UEFA Bayer Leverkusen Atletico Madrid 2:4 W
18.02.2017 LaLi Sporting Gijon Atletico Madrid 1:4 W
12.02.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid Celta de Vigo 3:2 W

VALENCIA NEWS

Valencia’s mini-revival came to a grinding halt last weekend but a midweek win over Leganes saw them rest in mid-table, 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Cesare Prandelli has fewer problems with his team selection than Diego Simeone. Fabio Orellana is available after his suspension with Nani and Rodrigo missing. Simone Zaza and Carlos Soler are expected to retain their places in the starting line-up.

Martin Montoya is also pushing for a first-team return with Santi Mina also available.

While this match is, like their meeting with Barcelona, eye-catching, Los Che’s next 3 home games are against teams in the drop zone or mid-table; they will be more important in the season’s outcome.

Anything from this fixture is a bonus, particularly since they have just 2 clean sheets on their travels in La Liga this season.

Latest matches: Valencia CF

28.02.2017 LaLi Valencia CF CD Leganes 1:0 W
25.02.2017 LaLi CD Alaves Valencia CF 2:1 L
22.02.2017 LaLi Valencia CF Real Madrid 2:1 W
19.02.2017 LaLi Valencia CF Athletic Bilbao 2:0 W
11.02.2017 LaLi Betis Sevilla Valencia CF 0:0 D

SUMMING UP!

A match which has more riding on it for Atletico than Valencia. Los Colchoneros are being sucked into a battle for the final Champions League spot, which was not how the season was supposed to pan out.

While they are struggling defensively, it’s all relative. We expect more from them so anything which sees them conceding goals regularly is a problem. However, they have more than enough firepower in Griezmann and Gameiro to win this match.

Valencia by contrast will miss Nani, although Simone Zaza has the experience for club and country to make the most of this opportunity. Without a goal in 250 minutes, this is a match where breaking that run would be most welcome.

An interesting side bet will be on the cards shown in the match. Valencia’s last 2 matches has seen red cards; that’s 4 in the last 7 games. Can two street fighting sides keep themselves in check for 90 minutes?

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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