Atletico Madrid vs Valladolid Match Preview
Round 35 of the Spanish La Liga will see an interesting duel taking place. Hosts Atletico will need to secure a victory in order to cement the second spot in the league. On the other hand, Valladolid find themselves facing a must-win scenario in their hopes of staving off relegation. Both will be looking for the three points,as they are vital for their battles.
Atletico Madrid – The Sure To Be Runner-up
Although delaying Barcelona’s title party with a midweek 3-2 victory over Valencia, Diego Simeone’s squad is yet to reserve the second place in the league. The game with Valladolid provides an excellent chance to do so. So far in this campaign the “Colchoneros” maintain an excellent track record at home – just 1 loss, 14 wins and 2 draws with all 17 games seeing Atletico score. Clean sheets for them are not uncommon as evidenced by the presence of 4 such cases in the last 5 home games. It will come as no surprise to state that Diego Simeone’s squad boasts the best defense in La Liga with just 0.53 goals conceded per game.
Valladolid – Renewed Hopes For Survival
Last time out, Valladolid clinched a vital 1-0 victory over Girona that managed to propel them out of the relegation zone. That win came as a fresh breeze for the team and put an and to a five-game winless streak. A clean sheet also meant ending another streak – 10 consecutive games with conceded goals by Valladolid. Sergio Gonzalez’s men are sure to have gained some confidence after their recent success. Nevertheless, his team has failed to score the opening goal in their last 9 La Liga games. Moreover, Valladolid boast the weakest offense in the league with just 29 goals scored.
Head To Head Games
The last seven games between Atletico and Valladolid were won by the ”Colchoneros”. Diego Simeone’s team have conceded just 4 goals in those games, while averaging 2.86 goals per match. Valladolid’s last vicotry against Atletico was way back in 2009, coincidentally at the Vicente Calderon.
Knowing the style of Atletico and Diego Simeone, it will not be unwise to expect few goals here. In their last 5 home games we can see 4 clean sheets and an average of 2 goals scored. Meanwhile, Valladolid have failed to score in 2 of their last 5 trips and simultaneously have the weakest attack in the league.
Verdict – Under 2.5 goals