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Atletico Madrid host Valencia CF during the coming weekend in match week 22 of the La Liga 2021-22 season.
Atletico has looked a shadow of the team that won the Championship in the previous season and has lacked consistency. After starting off well, the team has lost 4 out of its last 6 league games, including the ones against minnows Mallorca and Granada. This dip in form has allowed the other teams to gain on them, and this has resulted in Atletico sitting in 4th place on the points table with 33 points.
Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano, and Real Sociedad are just one win away from dislodging Atletico from its top 4 slots. One of the biggest reasons that Atletico has failed to win consistently in the last few games is due to its poor defense. The team has conceded 2 goals in 5 out of the last 6 games and has failed to win any of them.
Valencia had won 3 out of its first 4 games of the season, but then saw a sudden dip in fortunes, as it failed to produce a victory in the next 7 games. This poor run has pushed the team down on the points table and it currently occupies 10th place with 28 points. Even after winning 3 out of its last 5 games, it is still playing catch-up and is unlikely to move to Europe by the end of this season. But with plenty of games still to be played in the season, the opportunities are there for Valencia to aim for a top 6 finish.
Match prediction and betting tips for Atletico Madrid vs Valencia CF La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Estadio Wando Metropolitano, Madrid, on the 22nd of January, 2022.
At this stage, Atletico looks all but out of the race for retaining its Championship title. The team however has the ability to put up a fight against any opponent, and coach Diego Simeone will be gunning for all 3 points from this game. He has a fully fit squad to choose from, with no fitness issues.
Valencia is a better team than what their current ranking suggests, and they can spring up a surprise in this game. However, the team does have some injury problems, and coach Bordalas will likely miss out on Thierry Correia, and Carlos Soler, both of whom are injured. Daniel Wass, Helder Costa, and Maxi Gomez had all tested positive for the coronavirus, and are doubtful for the weekend.
We expect both the teams to score, but the hosts will enjoy a slight advantage, given their fully fit squad.
Bet on an Atletico Madrid win.