Atletico Madrid hosts Valencia in round 22 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Saturday, January 22nd at Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
On January 9th, Atlético Madrid tied against Villarreal away (2-2). Then the Mattress Makers played in the Spanish Super Cup, where they lost to Athletic Bilbao (1-2). Beyond that, they had a match in the Copa del Rey, which also ended in defeat. Atletico lost to Real Sociedad in San Sebastian (2-0). Thus, the men of Diego Simeone are not in the best mood ahead of the championship game. In general, their situation in LaLiga leaves much to be desired. They are in 4th place with 33 points scored in 20 rounds. The gap to the 3rd line in the standings is four points. And the Indians are already 16 points behind the leading Real Madrid. In the current season, Atlético Madrid is not as good at home as it was in previous years. In nine home games, 18 points were scored (five wins, three draws, and one loss with a goal difference of 14-6).
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On January 19, Valencia played a postponed match against Sevilla. The Levantines showed themselves quite well, gained a 1-1 draw, and did not allow the Andalusians to get close to the 1st line in the standings. In addition, the Bats broke a streak of two defeats. At the moment, the men of Pepe Bordalas have 29 points, and this is enough to share 8th place in the standings with Villarreal. Only three points separate Valencia from the top six. The team shows bright football, as evidenced by its goal difference (33-33). On average, at least three goals are scored per match with the participation of the Bats. However, they don’t feel confident on foreign pitches: only 12 points were scored in ten games (three victories, three draws, and four defeats).
In the first round, Atlético Madrid and Valencia failed to determine the winner at Estadio de Mestalla. At the same time, they arranged a real goal shootout, which ended with a score of 3-3. In the previous season, the Mattress Makers were stronger than the Bats at Wanda Metropolitano (3-1). Now the hosts have no room for mistake. If Simeone’s men lose points, they will probably leave the Champions League zone. Naturally, they cannot allow this to happen. They will only be satisfied with the victory. Atletico Madrid always plays well at home. And Valencia has not shone on foreign pitches in recent years, earning most of its points in the own lair. Of course, the Mattress Makers have every chance of winning, and we will believe in them.