Valencia vs Atletico Madrid by Jimeno
Even though they are not having perfect score and six points after two rounds, it could be said that the players of Valencia do have a perfect start, since they firstly won at home in the season opening game against Las Palmas with narrow 1:0 result, but then surprised everyone with a point taken against Real Madrid on the road in a 2:2 draw when almost no one gave them much chances to walk away with something.
Of course, for such thing to happen players of Real Madrid need to have a bad day which surely was the factor, plus they didn't have Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, but still it came as a very positive outcome for everyone in Valencia. Their hosts took the lead in tenth minute via Asensio, while Soler leveled up in eighteenth minute. Visitors were waiting on counters and did mostly well in defense, taking the lead in 77th minute via Kondgobia, while Asensio leveled up just few minutes later. Despite serious attacks from the home team, they managed to keep their hard earned point.
Defender Ruben Vezo (2/0) will not be playing here due injury, while doubtful are defenders Ezequiel Garay (1/0) and Gabriel (no performance so far). Hosts should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Moreno and Zaza most likely as forwards.
Atletico Madrid, on the other side, started the season with two away matches and can't be fully satisfied as they have four points earned after two rounds. Their setback happened at the start, when the team visited newly promoted Girona and took just a point in a 2:2 draw. It was a very troubling match for them since the hosts took the double lead in the first halftime, while the guests stood playing with a man less since 57th minute.
Despite all of the problems, they managed somehow to score two goals in last fifteen minutes and still take out something out of that game. In the second round, they visited Las Palmas and improved a lot celebrating 5:1 victory. Correa and Carrasco opened up the opponent with a goal each already in first five minutes and it was easy for them since then, even though Calleri temporarily reduced at the start of the second, but Koke scored twice and Thomas another one for a very convincing victory, even though they have left the ball possession mostly to their hosts.
Forward Antoine Griezmann (1/0) is suspended for this one and he should be only real absentee for the visiting side. Filipe Luis has recovered from injury and should start at left back. Correa and Gameiro should be their forwards in a 4-4-2 formation.
- Atletico have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches against Valencia.
Players of Atletico are surely coming for another three pointer here as they can't be satisfied with a start, while Valencia surely enters the match with a high morale after a point taken away from home against Real. There is no doubt that Valencia acts like a very organized side and it shouldn't surprise if the take a point or more again - therefore, my first betting choice will be with both teams scoring since I can't trust completely Griezmann-less Atletico.