Atletico Madrid v Valencia Betting Tips & Odds – 04/02/18

Atletico Madrid v Valencia Betting Tips & Odds – 04/02/18

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Atletico Madrid v Valencia Betting Tips & Odds

In our Atletico Madrid v Valencia betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Sunday’s evening fixture in La Liga sees Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid look to improve their standing in the table, as they welcome Marcelino’s Valencia to the Estadio Metropolitano. Atletico Madrid are working as the stronger of the two Madrid sides this season, sat second closely behind Barcelona, while their local derby rivals fight just to remain in the top four. They’ll want to stay as high as they currently sit, with the potential outside chance of taking Barca’s place if the Spanish giants somehow manage to bottle their lead. Valencia kicked off the campaign in second place before seeing the side they face climax Marcelino’s overachieving outfit. They’ve been poor in past weeks, which has somewhat ruined their buzz, but they’re capable of better performances if they can get their head back in the game. The first meeting between these two sides ended as a dull draw.

Marcelino Valencia

Valencia held Atletico Madrid to an uneventful goalless draw at the Mestalla back in September

Atleti sit with four wins from their last four against this opponent

There’s been several seasons where Atletico Madrid have stood as a welcome alternative from the usual duopoly over Spanish football seen by Barcelona and Real Madrid. Whether they could actually snatch any silverware or result ahead of the two giants of football would be another thing entirely but things are looking positive to do exactly that in the current attempt, as they’ve been a far more calculated side than local derby rivals and current La Liga champions Real Madrid. Sitting second in the table, Atleti are eleven points away from matching the tally of top place Barcelona but are sure to be the second best side if things continue in the same vein, helped massively be Real Madrid’s immense inability to show strength.

Despite this being a new stadium for Atleti, Diego Simeone prides his style of play on defending rather attacking and has shown strength on home soil in the same way that he used to when playing at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. This is Atletico’s first term at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano but it’s already had plenty of positives, and they’re enjoying a unbeaten run of twelve games in the league. Simeone’s side were handed a transfer ban which lasted until the January transfer window, where they’ve now been able to make the worthwhile introduction of Diego Costa and Vitolo. Antoine Griezmann is in top form of late, scoring three in his last three after originally starting the term in something of a goal drought.

Atletico Madrid Diego Costa

Diego Costa returned to Atleti in January but is yet to make a genuine impact

The Bats are six points behinds the side they face after their season tailed off

Kicking off the campaign in a positive light, Valencia were sat just behind Barcelona in the table, with things only tailing off at the start of December, where a narrow defeat away to ten-man Getafe was enough to ruin their rising confidence against all sides they faced. An unbeaten run of fifteen over all competitions came to an end in a surprising way, prompting more disappointment in two more defeats Eibar and Villarreal. The Bats then bounced back in taking four wins on the bounce but have seen another bout of stumbling blocks, losing to Las Palmas and suffering a thrashing against Real Madrid, who’ve clearly not been themselves this season and should have been fair game for Marcelino’s men.

January signings haven’t been quite as spectacular as Atleti’s, but Valencia are surely stronger in the loan acquisition of Luciano Vietto, who achieved a hattrick on his debut, and the permanent transfer of unused Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, who should partner Geoffrey Kondogbia perfectly in midfield. Valencia have suffered two defeats in their last two but have already shown how strong they can be when playing to their fullest potential from formerly occupying second. They’re third in the table with a two point lead over Real Madrid and just six points behind Atletico in the place above. Italian striker Simone Zaza is top scorer for the club with ten goals to his name, helped by Rodrigo and Santi Mina, who’ve added a further seventeen goals.

Geoffrey Kondogbia Valencia

Valencia lost 1-0 in their Copa del Rey Semi-Final First Leg with Barcelona on Wednesday

Odds

If you want to rely on Atletico Madrid’s famed home form, they’re best priced at odds of 1/2 on SkyBet. If you could see this enticing Spanish encounter finishing off as a draw, odds of 17/5 are available on Betfair. If you’d rather back Valencia to bounce back with a bang after a noticeable drop in form, BetBright are offering odds of 6/1 for them to win.

Recommended Bets:

Atletico Madrid to win (Best priced at 1/2 on SkyBet) – BET HERE

Goal in Both Halves (Best priced at 8/11 on BetVictor) – BET HERE

Antoine Griezmann to score anytime (Best priced at 6/5 on PaddyPower) – BET HERE

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