Tip Valencia - Atletico Madrid
It's already been a big week for Atletico Madrid as they added the European Super Cup to the Europa League they won last season. A 4-2 win after extra time over Real Madrid will have boosted the confidence of the club that finished second in La Liga last season though they were 14 points behind champions Barcelona. Away form last season saw Atletico win 11 league games, draw four and lose four with only 42 goals scored iin those 19 matches and 12 of their away league games had under 2.5 goals scored in them. Against Valencia last season they won 1-0 at home and drew 0-0 at Valencia.
The home side in this game did well to finish fourth in the table and were only six points behind second placed Atletico. They won 13 out of their 19 home league games last season losing just three. It was a good job they had built up a big lead over fifth placed Villarreal as they had a disappointing end to the season with only two wins in their last seven league games. Pre-season got off to a slow start but they had wins over Everton and Bayer Leverkusen in their last two to get them ready for this new season. Valencia have only won one of their last 11 against Atletico and the tip here is to go for the away win.
Key points Valencia - Atletico Madrid
Valencia have only won one of their last 11 games against Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid kept clean sheets in 10 away league games last season.
Valencia have only won two of their last seven league matches.
Conclusion Valencia - Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid have made a good start to their new season with a 4-2 win over Real Madrid in the European Super Cup. They will be hoping to maintain the second place finish from last season but hopefully get a lot closer to Barcelona. Away form was strong last year and they were always difficult to score against. Atletico have a good record against Valencia and haven't lost to them since 2014 and can start the La Liga season off with a narrow away win.
Valencia Atletico Madrid Prediction published on August 16, 2018