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Valencia vs Atletico Madrid Preview – Prediction, how to watch & line-ups

Monday’s handsomely-looking encounter between Valencia and Atletico Madrid at the Estadio de Mestalla will serve to drop the curtain on La Liga matchday three.

Led by new manager Gennaro Gattuso, the hosts have been on both ends of a 1-0 scoreline in their opening two league outings, beating promoted Girona at home before losing at Athletic Bilbao.

Not much seems to have changed at Valencia after they sacked former boss Jose Bordalas in favour of the ex-AC Milan and Napoli tactician, with Los Che still hopeful of bettering last season’s mid-table finish.

Atletico’s upcoming visit to the Mestalla presents Gattuso with the challenging task of beating an elite, albeit underperforming opposition, as an underdog. 

Diego Simeone thought his men were on the right path when they thrashed a lowly Getafe 3-0 on the opening weekend, only to see them lose 2-0 to Villarreal in the following round. 

With the Champions League group stage kick-off just around the corner, Atletico Madrid’s fixture list will drastically expand in September, making these early exchanges ever so significant. 

Los Merengues’ woeful second-half showing against Villarreal in Madrid led to Simeone’s first defeat to Unai Emery in 16 matches, so a road trip to Valencia could serve as an ideal reset. 

Match Preview

Valencia

In the latest La Liga news, Valencia have decided to give Tottenham Hotspur outcast Bryan Gil another chance to reignite his career at the Mestalla following a mixed 2021/22 season.

Gil’s attacking qualities are necessary to help Los Che find more balance in the front third after struggling for clear-cut chances in the opening two rounds, as witnessed by their paltry scoring return of a single goal.

In addition to their ongoing scoring woes, Valencia will be up against a formidable adversary here, having won none of their last 15 La Liga meetings with Atletico (D6, L9).

Atletico Madrid

Keen to show last weekend’s fiasco against Villarreal was a momentary lapse of concentration, Atletico head to the Mestalla carrying a stunning 14-match unbeaten away league streak in the Valencia region (W5, D9). 

That includes an imperious run of seven undefeated La Liga meetings with Los Che away from home (W3, D4), though their last season’s visit to this venue yielded an enthralling 3-3 draw.

Juventus-linked striker Alvaro Morata will lead the line for Los Rojiblancos, who are facing the prospect of losing back-to-back La Liga fixtures without scoring for the first time since 2016.

Valencia vs Atletico Madrid Potential Line-ups

Valencia (4-3-3): Giorgi Mamardashvili; Thierry Correia, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jose Gaya; Carlos Soler, Hugo Guillamon, Yunus Musah; Samu Castillejo, Samuel Lino, Maxi Gomez.

Atletico Madrid (3-1-4-2): Jan Oblak; Axel Witsel, Jose Maria Gimenez, Stefan Savic; Koke; Thomas Lemar, Marcos Llorente, Rodrigo De Paul, Yannick Carrasco; Angel Correa, Alvaro Morata.

How to Watch?

Valencia vs Atletico, alongside all other matches in La Liga’s top flight this season, are available to watch live online via La Liga live streams.

Valencia vs Atletico Madrid Prediction

Both teams need to make a statement here, especially Atletico if they are to show Barcelona and Real Madrid that they can still fight for the title.

However, neither side have the upper hand following a sluggish start to the season, as we expect a share of the spoils in a potential scoring draw.

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