Atletico Madrid will welcome Real Valladolid to the Wanda Metropolitano this Saturday as they seek to continue their ascent up the table.
Back from a 5:0 drubbing of Osasuna in their last outing, Diego Simeone’s boys will be looking to build upon that performance and strengthen their chance of playing in the Champions League next season.
Valladolid meanwhile heads into this tie having collected seven points from the last fifteen available in the league. They sit in 14th place with 33 points—eight points above the drop zone—after 29 games. A positive result here will drive them further up the table and establish their top-flight status for next season.
Croatian defender Sime Vrsaljko is the only injury absentee for Diego Simeone after the defender limped off with a knee injury in their most recent outing.
Sandro Ramirez and Antonio Caro are the only injury absentees for Sergio Gonzalez heading into this tie.
Head to Head
The last meeting between both sides ended in a goals draw. However, Atletico did win the four matches before that last draw.
Atletico Madrid last five competitive games: WDWDD
Valladolid last five competitive games: DWLLW
Atletico head into this tie as favorites judging by their impressive showing against Osasuna last time out.
The hosts have lost just once at home in the league this season (W8, D5) making them one of the best home teams in the division. In these 14 home games, the hosts have scored 20 times conceding nine times.
The visitors are slow starters, often going into the second half goalless. They have seen nearly half of their La Liga games end in 0-0 at half time.
They tend to do better after the break with over 56% of their league goals this season coming after the break.
Meanwhile, the chance of getting a high scoring game involving Diego Simeone’s charges is pretty low with 28% of league games this season involving them featuring over 2.5 goal—the lowest in the league. Also, both teams have scored in just 45% of their matches this season.
Valladolid meanwhile is one of the lowest-scoring sides in the league this season with 25 goals in 29 league games—eleven away.
With 34 conceded in league, the visitors can claim to be doing fairly better than those around them in the table.
Going into this game, the visitors sit in 12th place in the form table having taken seven points from the last available eighteen in the league. In those six games, they won twice (D1, L3) scoring six times and conceding nine times.
They have also taken seven points from their last six away games winning twice (D1, L3) while scoring seven times in that period.
Atletico to win @ 2/5
Under 2.5 Goals @ 7/10
Both Teams to Score/No @ 11/20