Valencia vs Atletico Madrid Preview

Valencia vs Atletico Madrid

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Mestalla

Date: 20th August 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

This game is the biggest game of the opening weekend in the Spanish La Liga.

These sides finished 4th and 2nd respectively last season and they will both be looking to challenge the stranglehold of Barcelona and Real Madrid and this game could show who is ready for a tilt at the title.

Atletico’s Super Cup win has set down a marker already and judging by how good their summer business has been they look more prepared than their hosts to challenge for the league title.

Diego Simeone’s side did not sell any of their top players and they also added Thomas Lemar and Rodri both of whom should get their La Liga debut in this game.

Valencia’s challenge in this campaign is to be able to replicate the domestic success they had last season while also getting a good run in the UEFA Champions League.

Their run in the latter has been helped by the fact that they will not be going through the qualifiers; however, this game is still a very tough opening fixture for them.

Los Che has signed Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea and if the Belgian replicates the form he showed during his four month stint with Borussia Dortmund last season, they could have a star man on their hands.

Atleti have won 5 of the last 6 meetings between these clubs, and the two meetings between them last season produced just one goal, scored by Atleti at the Wanda Metropolitana.

Bookmakers favour Atletico to come out on top however the odds are extremely tight and many will fancy Valencia at the Mestalla.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions


W Everton 2-3 Valencia 4 Aug, 2018 Friendly
D Leicester City 1-1 Valencia 1 Aug, 2018 Friendly
L PSV Eindhoven 2-1 Valencia 28 Jul, 2018 Friendly
D Valencia 0-0 Lausanne Sports 24 Jul, 2018 Friendly
W Galatasaray 1-2 Valencia 21 Jul, 2018 Friendly

Atletico Madrid

L Atletico Madrid 0-1 Internazionale 11 Aug, 2018 International Champions Cup
W Cagliari 0-1 Atletico Madrid 8 Aug, 2018 Friendly
D VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Atletico Madrid 5 Aug, 2018 Friendly
L Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 Atletico Madrid 30 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup
W Atletico Madrid 1-1 Arsenal 26 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup


Atletico Madrid 1-0 Valencia 4 Feb, 2018 Spanish Primera División
Valencia 0-0 Atletico Madrid 9 Sep, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Atletico Madrid 3-0 Valencia 5 Mar, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Valencia 0-2 Atletico Madrid 2 Oct, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Valencia 1-3 Atletico Madrid 6 Mar, 2016 Spanish Primera División

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