Tip Atletico Madrid - Valencia
Atletico Madrid stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points on Thursday. They host 14th placed Valencia looking for their 15th win in La Liga this season. It didn't look like that was going to happen when they went 1-0 down at Eibar on Thursday, a penalty scored by their opponents goalkeeper. Atletico fought back to equalize and a late penalty by Luis Suarez gave them the three points. Seven points ahead and a game in hand, it's looking good for Atletico. The win was their fifth league win in a row since losing to Real Madrid. A win over Valencia will be their 13th in 14 league matches. Home form has produced eight wins and a draw with only two goals conceded. Only one of their last 35 home league fixtures have been lost and in the last 48 only Real Madrid and Barcelona have beaten them.
Valencia are struggling in the bottom half of the table and only two points above the relegation zone. They come into this game unbeaten in their last three league games with a win and two draws. Opposition hasn't been that strong though with two of the games against sides in the bottom five and the other against Cadiz who have only one win in their last five La Liga matches. Only one of their last ten league fixtures have been won. The recent win at Valladolid ended a run of six on the road without a victory. Only two out of nine have been won and just two of the last 20. They did recently get a draw at Barcelona but Atletico are in top form and can win this match.
Key points Atletico Madrid - Valencia
Atletico have won their last five league games.
Atletico have won eight out of nine home league fixtures this season.
Valencia have only won two of their last nine away league matches.
Six out of eight Atletico home league wins have seen them ahead at half and full time.
Conclusion Atletico Madrid - Valencia
Atletico Madrid go from strength to strength and winning the title is looking distinctly likely. They had to come from behind to win at Eibar on Thursday, their fifth straight league victory. Home form has been great this season with no losses and just two goals conceded. Valencia are in a relegation battle and have poor away form. Up against Atletico, it's a tough task to get anything from this match. Go for a home win with them ahead at both half and full time.
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Atletico Madrid Valencia Prediction published on January 22, 2021