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Match Day 22
Atletico Madrid vs Valencia CF
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
3:45 am
Stadium: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano

Atletico Madrid:
Last six matches: W L D L W  
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 0.4
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (7)

Last six matches: L L L L W
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Simone Zaza (10)

This is the top matchup in La Liga this weekend. Atletico Madrid and Valencia are second and third, respectively, in the league standings. Atleti must win in order to maintain any hopes of catching Barcelona alive. While Valencia must win in order to keep a safe distance from fourth placed Real Madrid.

After being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Sevilla, Atletico Madrid successfully put away UD Las Palmas last weekend with a 3-0 win. Meanwhile, Valencia are on a four game skid losing to Alaves (but going through on penalty kicks) and Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, and losing to Las Palmas and Real Madrid in the league. Last weekend's 4-1 loss at home to Los Blancos was demoralizing for Los Che.

Diego Simeone's team are undefeated in their new home, winning six and drawing four. Their defense is stout, conceding only four goals at home and nine overall. Valencia appear to struggle some when not in Mestalla. They have won five of their ten away games, drawn 2 and lost 3.

Given the current form of the two teams and the two recent crushing losses Valencia has experienced at the hands of Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico Madrid should come out victorious in this match. Valencia have a depleted back four through injuries and suspensions, making things a bit easier for Antoine Griezmann and company to get some goals.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0 Valencia


Half Time: 0:0
Full Time: 1:0
Shots: 12:5
Shots on target: 5:0
Corner Kicks: 9:1
Possession: 48:52

The first real opportunity of the game came at the hands of Koke in the 11th minute. The Spaniard took a shot from outside the box but missed high and wide to the right.

In the 17th minute, Diego Costa found Angel Correa inside the box but the Argentine failed to hit the target and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Simone Zaza had Valencia's first chance in the 21st minute, but he shanked Jose Gaya's cross to the left of the goal.

In the 23rd minute, Saul tried his luck from 35 yards out and forced goalkeeper Neto into a good save.

In the following attack, Diego Costa had a golden opportunity to open the scoring. Sime Vrsaljko crossed the ball into the box but the Brazilian completely miskicked it.

Diego Simeone was forced to use a substitution to take out injured Stefan Savic. The Serb left with an apparent thigh injury.

Neto thwarted Diego Costa again in the 35th minute, this time it was a header that the goalkeeper swatted away.

At the beginning of the second half, Diego Simeone was once again forced to use a substitution. This time it was Diego Godin, his other center back, that had to be taken off after a collision with goalkeeper Neto.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 59th minute. Angel Correa received the ball from Koke, took three touches towards goal and rifled the ball into the top right corner of the goal. Wonderful strike by the young Argentine.

An inspired Correa tried his luck again in the 74th minute but this time Neto was able to corral the low shot.

Valencia tried to find the equalizer through Zaza and Carlos Soler, but were unsuccessful in their attempts; neither shot really troubled Jan Oblak.

The result means Atletico now trail Barcelona by 9 points. Valencia, meanwhile, are now only one point ahead of Real Madrid with an extra game played.

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