Atletico Madrid can tighten their grip on top spot in La Liga when they host Valencia on Sunday (8pm kick-off UK time).
Diego Simeone’s men currently hold a seven-point lead at the top of the league with a game in hand on second-placed rivals Real Madrid.
Where to watch Atletico Madrid vs Valencia on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1 & LaLigaTV
- US: beIN Sports
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Scoreline prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Valencia
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Atletico Madrid vs Valencia build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
While a lot of their rivals have seemed to struggle in La Liga this season, Atletico Madrid have been excellent and are well worth their spot at the top of the table. Diego Simeone has his side playing arguably as well as they have ever been, almost impregnable at the back but also powerful in attack.
Atletico have the best defence in the league, conceding just seven times in 17 games, while only Barcelona (37) have scored more than their 33. They have lost just one game in the league all season, beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid in December but bounced back from that with six straight wins.
Meanwhile, Javi Gracia’s Valencia find themselves in a precarious position, 14th with just four wins from their opening 19 matches. Los Che are only three points clear of 17th-placed Elche, who have two games in hand, and go into this game in poor form.
Valencia have won just one of their past 10 league games, though that run also included only three defeats, one of which came against Atletico Madrid. However, last time out they were held by 19th-placed Osasuna in which they needed an Unai Garcia own goal to come from behind, sparing their blushes.
- Atletico Madrid (vs Eibar): Oblak; Savic, Giminez, Felipe; Vrsaljko, Lemar, Llorente, Carrasco; Correa, Suarez.
- Valencia (vs Osasuna): Domenech; Correia, Diakhaby, Gabriel, Gaya; Cheryshev, Racic, Soler, Wass*; Lee, Gomez.
Atletico remain without the suspended Trippier Tripper, but Koke is back following his own ban. Hector Herrera and Mario Hermoso are doubts. Valencia, meanwhile, are without the Jasper Cillessen and Daniel Wass, through injury and suspension respectively.
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Players to watch:
- Atletico Madrid: One of the surprise packages of the season, and it feels weird saying that about someone of his stature, has been Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan looks nothing like the man Barcelona let go for free in the summer, re-finding what makes him click to lead the scoring charts alongside Lionel Messi on 11 goals. Suarez scored both of the goals in Atletico’s 2-1 win over Eibar, ensuring he has reached double figures for league goals in each of the past 10 seasons, an incredible run.
- Valencia: If Valencia are to break through Atletico’s tough defence, they’ll need Carlos Soler to be on his game. The Spanish midfielder has been directly involved in more goals than any other Valencia player in La Liga this season (10) and leads the club in both goals and assists, with six and four respectively. However, he has struggled to truly make his mark on matches, with just two goals and two assists in his past 10 league games.
La Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Atletico Madrid: WWWWW
- Valencia: DWDLL
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