Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid
November 7, 2021 10:15 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +120, Under 2.5 -150
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Valencia is hosting Atletico Madrid at Mestalla in round 13 of the Spanish LaLiga. Valencia has ended their slump against Villarreal last weekend, but now we will see if they can keep that going. Atletico has been struggling with scoring goals, especially in the Champions League, but they are still close to the top in LaLiga.
Valencia has sunk to 11th place with 16 points, but they are not far away from the European spot, but they will need to keep winning points consistently. In their last game against Villarreal at home, Valencia has had only 25% of ball possession, which is terribly low, but they have had 3 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and only 57% of the correct passes. Just by looking at the stats, you would think Valencia got demolished in this game, when in fact they somehow scored 2 goals, and they defended well. Valencia has won this game 2-0. With 4 scored goals and 2 assists, Soler is the leading goalscorer for Valencia this season. another good news is that Valencia has no injuries right now, and maybe that will help them with consistency. After the international break, Valencia is facing some tough teams, but they have enough quality to compete with all of them.
Atletico has lost 2nd spot in the Champions League by losing to Liverpool the other day, and not only they lost, but they also weren’t even a threat to Liverpool. Atletico has had only 27% of ball possession, 0 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 72% of the correct passes. Atletico has conceded 2 goals in 21 minutes, and they then conceded a red card in the 36th minute. After that, it was game over for Atletico, and they lost this game 2-0. As far as LaLiga goes, Atletico is in 4th place with 22 points, which is 3 points less than Real Sociedad has at the top. Offensively, Atletico has been solid with 18 scored goals, but their defense is sloppy and inconsistent, and they have already conceded 10 goals. Suarez has 6 goals to his name so far this season. We all know Simeone is the best when his back is against the wall, and this is not quite this just yet, but they are getting there. Atletico must bounce back, they gotta step up their defensive game, and if they want to defend the title, they will need to keep scoring at this level.
The trends are pretty mixed here, and neither team is in particularly good form. Quality-wise, Atletico is better, and I think they will get the win in this game.