Valencia welcome Atletico Madrid for what should be a fascinating game at the Mestalla on Friday evening.
Both sit inside the cluster of teams competing for the final two Champions League places in La Liga.
Atleti currently occupy the final spot in this respect, but Los Che can leapfrog them into that position with a home win.
Read on for our preview of Valencia vs Atletico Madrid, including predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
Valencia vs Atletico Madrid key details, TV info & live stream options:
Competition: La Liga
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla
Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): LaLigaTV
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Last five meetings: Valencia vs Atletico Madrid
19 October 2019: Atlético Madrid 1-1 Valencia (La Liga)
24 April 2019: Atlético Madrid 3-2 Valencia (La Liga)
20 August 2018: Valencia 1-1 Atlético Madrid (La Liga)
04 February 2018: Atlético Madrid 1-0 Valencia (La Liga)
09 September 2017: Valencia 0-0 Atlético Madrid (La Liga)
Aggregate Score: Valencia (DLDLD) 4-6 Atletico Madrid (DWDWD)
Ones to watch
Rodrigo’s last La Liga goal came in November. It was only his second league strike of this campaign, but the former Benfica forward has been effective in other ways. He’s created no fewer than nine goals for his teammates – albeit only one of those coming in his previous six outings – and though he’s expected to start against Atletico Madrid, the 28-year-old has failed to complete the full 90 minutes in each of his last five starts.
Key stat: Only Lionel Messi (11) has created more goals than Rodrigo (seven) in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid: Álvaro Morata
Álvaro Morata is expected to return to Diego Simeone’s line-up for matchday 24’s visit to Valencia. Although he’s failed to score in four consecutive matches, the Madrid-born marksman remains their prolific goalscorer this season. Since finding the back of the net in four consecutive games earlier this season, he’s managed two goals in nine appearances but his last strike came on the road at Real Betis.
Coinciding with Morata’s return to the fold, former Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre this week revealed Spain’s reigning champions considered signing the forward from Chelsea last January.
As to why Morata eventually joined Atleti as opposed to Barca, Mestre explained to Mundo Deportivo: “Following the opinion of the players, bringing Morata would have created a possible conflict in the locker room. He would have liked to play and not be a substitute.
“There were two issues with Morata – one concerned controlling the club’s budget which Pep Segura was in charge of and he was always extremely careful about not going over budget.
“Then there was the sporting side – Morata was an international and, therefore, not the kind of player who should be sat on the bench in every game.
“He didn’t want to be a substitute and the atmosphere within the squad was very good – if he had joined, it would have unsettled that but, as I say, it’s not the players who make those decisions.”
Eventually, Barcelona agreed a loan deal with Serie A’s Sassuolo to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng, who failed to score in four appearances before moving on to Fiorentina.
Key stat: Álvaro Morata is Atletico Madrid leading scorer in La Liga this season, with seven goals.
Confirmed Valencia line-up
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Confirmed Atletico Madrid line-up
[🏧👥] Here you have our 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙓𝙄 for tonight 💥
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Just two points separate the sides ahead of this fascinating clash. Both most likely will have one eye on their upcoming Champions League last-16 meetings against Atalanta and Liverpool, meaning a close fought game is to be expected. Given there’s not much between them, we see the spoils being shared.