Valencia take on the visitors Atletico Madrid in the round 3 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Monday, August 29th at Mestalla (Valencia).
Valencia are owned by Peter Lim. And he is becoming more and more hated by demanding Mestalla fans. They still remember the extravagant decision of the oligarch to fire Marcelino after a couple of won 4 places and a triumph in the cup. Of course, Pepe Bordalas, who worked last season, had a modest merit. But still, he managed to reach the final of the Copa del Rey, where they lost on penalties to Betis. Yes, and in the Primera there were good results at first, this spring there was no longer enough strength and attention for this direction, everything was absorbed by the campaign in the cup. But, in any case, Gattuso now occupies the coaching post. Gennaro started with a win, despite the fact that his charges played for a long time with ten men - the only goal against Girona was scored by Soler, scoring a penalty before the break. But with a stronger opponent, Athletic, everything ended 0-1 on the road.
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Atletico were much more optimistic a year ago. Then it was an unexpected champion of the country, which actively strengthened the squad, hoping to maintain its status. But the tempo of 2021/2022 turned out to be very difficult, especially its 1st part, when the "mattress" fell out of the quartet of leaders. As a result, they even managed to get to the 3rd place, but it seems that the former enthusiasm has been lost. What is the epic around Griezmann, for whom they don’t want to pay Barcelona not cosmic money, 40 million. The future of Morata, whose loan at Juventus has ended, is also in question. Alvaro was released on the field, and he even scored twice against Getafe (we also note João Felix, who made all 3 assists in that match). But after this crushing success, the wards of Diego Simeone could not do anything with a stronger opponent, Villarreal. Even at home, "Cholo-Team" lost to the guys Unai Emery "dry", 0-2. It seems that the Madrid giants do not need to think about the chances for the title, but about how to maintain their positions in the Champions League quartet - the number of applicants is growing.
Valencia last won a head-to-head confrontation back in the fall of 2014. And in 4 last matches, Atlético managed to collect 10 points. Bookmakers are naturally considering the visitors the favorite of this duel. But both teams are rather good in defense than strong in attack. We recommend betting on neutral "total under 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.