Atletico Madrid take on the visitors Valencia in the round 26 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Saturday, February 18th at Metropolitano Stadium (Madrid).
Atletico Madrid still remain a grand in Spanish football. However, this season has been a long-term failure, and there were rumors that Diego Simeone would leave the project. They even failed in the Champions League, finishing last in their group, which was not considered the hardest group, and passing to the playoffs alongside only Porto and Brugge. Even Bayer, which changed its coach due to failures in the fall, finished third in the group. In addition, "Cholo team" left the Copa del Rey quite early, losing to Real Madrid in extra time. Parallel to this, they had a failure in La Liga from October to January, with only two wins in eight rounds. There was a risk that the capital team would finish outside the top 4, even amid Sevilla's failure! But since mid-winter, Atletico Madrid has been able to concentrate on La Liga and has improved significantly. They won most of their matches except for the new derby with Real Madrid and a 1-1 draw with Getafe. They even defeated Sevilla 6-1! However, the match against Girona was much more challenging, but in the end, Morata scored the only goal in the 90th+ minute.
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Valencia managed to rise to 9th place in La Liga last season, above the equator of the table, and even reached the Copa del Rey final. It seemed that there was nothing else to do to give Bordalas, the coach who came only in 2021, and to work on further progress. Perhaps it became fatal that the decisive match for the Copa del Rey was lost, albeit only on penalties to a strong Betis. However, in any case, Peter Lim decided to invite Gennaro Gattuso in the summer. The Italian showed something in Spain in the fall, but everything fell apart for "Los Ches" in the winter. However, the matter was not only with the coach. After Gattuso left, failures continued, and the club hung in the relegation zone. To calm the fans, they made a local legend, Baraja, the next coach. Ruben's new role is not evaluated unambiguously, and he started in a new place with a 0-1 defeat to potential competitor Getafe. However, the first match at the Mestalla brought a rather unexpected and pleasant victory over Real Sociedad, which is contending for the Champions League. Los Ches failed to develop their success; they lost to Barcelona, albeit minimally but with one player less. However, they managed to win against Osasuna at home with a 1-0 score.
"Valencia" have not won against the Madrid team for almost a decade, since 2014. And in 2022, "Atletico" managed to win both matches. "Los Colchoneros" are rightfully considered the clear favorite of the upcoming match. We recommend betting that Diego Simeone's team will win with a handicap of "-1.0 goals scored".
Prediction for the match: Atletico Madrid to win with -1.0 handicap.