Valencia vs Atletico Madrid (La Liga, 04.10.2014)

Estadio Mestalla host the reigning La Liga Champions in a match between two teams still undefeated in the competition and separated by the goal difference. Both Valencia and Atletico Madrid have 14 points out of 6 matches, and this match will decide who gets to keep put the pressure on FC Barcelona. It will be the host’s first real test, who have stated their intentions clear of finishing in the top three at the end of the season.

Valencia have criticized Atletico Madrid’s style of play, by deeming it to be too physical, but if they plan to win they will have to adapt. The hosts’ latest result is a 1-1 draw against Sociedad, and until Negredo gets back to full fitness Paco Alcacer leads Valencia’s attack which will have to go past Godin. Valencia are also stronger in Mestalla where they have conceded just a goal from Espanyol, and managed to score at least two. Alcacer is not your only choice for the goalscorer market from Valencia, as your pick could also land on Piatii, Feghouli, Rodrigo and even Gomes.
Atletico Madrid are also in good shape, and with the return of Diego Simeone to the bench, the team has displayed a different form. The well-deserved win against Juventus Torino sent a message that the team is recovering quite well for the life after Diego Costa. Atletico now have nine different goalscorers, players from different areas on the field and Diego Simeone might take pride that between the two teams his squad has more experience. Last season Atletico Madrid won twice against Valencia, even managed to keep a clean sheet in Mestalla.

Valencia could have the upper hand mainly due to the fact that Atletico played a mid-week Champions League match, while they had a whole week to get ready for the clash. Ladbrokes gives Atletico the edge over Valencia, as the champions got 2.50 odds for an outright win as opposed to Valencia’s 2.80. Over 2.5 goals has 2.10 odds, Atletico for both halves at 4.10, Valencia at 4.75 and Atletico Madrid to lead after 60 minutes at 2.70. We are betting 5 units on both teams to score and Atletico to win at 5.20 odds from Ladbrokes.

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