Valencia hosts Atletico Madrid in round 24 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Friday, February 14th at Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Valencia is holding a quite good season in Spanish LaLiga - the hosts are on the seventh line in the standings, but the density is large. The distance to Getafe, located on the third line in the standings, is only five points. Although the season is pretty good overall, the last meetings were hard enough for the Bats - in the last four rounds, the team suffered devastating defeats from Mallorca and Getafe and lost to Granada in the Cup, but that's all interferes with a home victory over Barcelona (2-0). It is worth noting that the matches at Mestalla are rarely productive - in 12 home meetings, Valencia scored 3+ goals only three times. Now the Bats have to play against very strong Atletico, so the hosts are unlikely to open. Besides, the first round match turned out to be quite dry - the regulation time of the meeting ended with a 1-1 score...
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Atletico is holding a bad season. It got to the point that there was talk about the dismissal of Diego Simeone. And these rumors are justified because all the words that "Simeone is building a new project" are leveled out by the results. In the offseason, the Madrid team has intensified very seriously - just remember the signing of the Portuguese talent, João Felix (120+ million). But the reality is that the Mattress Makers are on the 4th place in the standings. They do not participate in the fight for the champion’s title, and, to be honest, I hardly believe in good results of Atletico in Euro cups - the team from Madrid loses too many points. The main problem of Atletico is a terrible attacking game - the expensive attack scores an average of one goal per match, and the matches involving Mattress Makers rarely turn out to be productive. In 23 meetings of this season, Atletico and its opponent scored 3+ goals only four times
It seems to me it is worth waiting for dry football in this match. Both teams are fighting for a place in the Champions League zone, so no one wants to give points to a direct competitor. Atletico is a very low-scoring team, and Valencia does not shine with efficiency on its pitch. I bet on Under 2.5 goals scored!
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored