Preview - Valencia vs Atletico Madrid 21 August 18

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Aug 19, 2018, 08:22 PM Last Edit: Aug 19, 2018, 10:52 PM by Harry85
Match Day 1
Valencia vs Atlético Madrid
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
03:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mestalla Stadium

Last five matches form: D D L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.71
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.00
Top Scorer 17/18: Rodrigo (16)

Atlético Madrid:
Last five matches form: D W L W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.53
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.58
Top Scorer 17/18: Antoine Griezmann (19)

A big one in La Liga on Match Day 1 as last season's fourth placed side, Valencia, welcome La Liga runners up Atlético Madrid to the Mestalla.

This was a very tight fixture last season, with just one goal scored between the two sides across their two encounters. Atlético winning 1-0 at home and this game ending in a goalless draw.

Valencia's big arrival of the summer came with the signing of Kevin Gameiro from Atletico. The frontman however seems likely to start from the bench against his former employers. With Michy Batshuayi also arriving on loan from Chelsea, the home side do now look to have strong support for last season's top scorer, Rodrigo. Having failed to score against Atlético in four games now, the home side will likely need all the attacking weapons the can muster.

Thomas Lemar should make his La Liga debut for Atletico, and looks an exciting addition going forward. Lucas Hernández misses out through suspension.

The fact that Atlético arrive having played 120 minutes in the Super Cup can be viewed as either a positive or a negative really. On the plus side they may have the edge with a competitive match already under their belts. On the down side Valencia may be that bit fresher.

We have plenty of respect for Valencia this season, but view Atletico as legitimate title challengers. If they are to live up to that billing these tough matches are the type they need to be winning.

 Prediction: Valencia 0 - 2 Atlético Madrid


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  12 - 8
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 10
Possession: 52% - 48%

Ezequiel Garay and Rodrigo were booked for the home side, with referee Jesus Gil also taking the names of Atletico's Stefan Savic, Juanfran and Filipe Luis.

A hard fought encounter between two of the bigger hitters in La Liga. Whilst it will be no surprise to see Atletico threatening the top two or three positions once again this time around, the evidence here suggests that Valencia may also be up to the challenge. A point was the least the home side deserved here.

With the majority of the early efforts coming through shots from range, it was Atletico who created the first clear cut chance, and they took it. Antoine Griezmann splitting the defence with a clever reverse ball to play in Angel Correa towards the right around eight yards out. No mistake from Correa who found the bottom right corner. And that's the way it stayed until the break.

Given Atletico's defensive prowess it was never going to be easy for Valencia to find a way back into this game, but they kept pushing and in the 56th minute were back on level terms.

Rodrigo had looked lively throughout for Valencia and it was the Spanish international who fired his side back on level terms. Showing excellent control to bring down a Daniel Wass cross on his chest, he never looked like missing from seven yards and crashed a volley high into the net.

And that's the way it stayed. The equaliser seemed to wake Atletico up who probably had the better of the remainder of the game, but neither side were able to find a way through and on balance a draw was probably a fair result.

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