Match preview: Atlético vs. Valencia

Atlético face tough test as Valencia come to town on Sunday

Jackson looking for another goal after scoring against Astana

Jackson looking for another goal after scoring against Astana

Atlético Madrid welcome Valencia to the Vicente Calderón on Sunday evening for their eagerly anticipated La Liga clash.

Kick-off in the capital is set for 20:30 CET.

Fresh from a 4-0 victory against Astana in midweek in the Champions League, Atleti will look to keep their run going and follow up on the 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad last weekend.

Luciano Vietto is still the only player missing for Atlético, as he continues to recover from his appendectomy. Valencia are missing the likes of goalkeepers Diego Alves and Matt Ryan through injury.

Diego Simeone tested a 4-4-2 formation in training that includes Jackson Martínez up front alongside Antoine Griezmann. Our Colombian signing will be looking to capitalise on his goal against Astana by finding the back of the net on Sunday against a strong Valencia side.

Otherwise, the team Simeone toyed with is as expected – the only question mark surrounds who will start out of Carrasco and Óliver Torres – both played extremely well against Astana on Wednesday, and indeed over the last few weeks.

Atleti will be looking to pick up all three points in this tough fixture, after a 1-1 draw at the Calderón last season.

We all remember what happened away from home last season – Atlético were three down after only 13 minutes on the way to a 3-1 loss.

It’s all getting very tight again at the top of the table. Celta’s loss to Real Madrid puts them at danger of slipping to fourth, whilst los Rojiblancos know that only a victory will show their credibility as title contenders.

Atlético Madrid squad list:
Goalkeepers: Moyá and Oblak
Defenders: Godín, Filipe Luis, Savic, Juanfran and Giménez
Midfielders: Tiago, Koke, Óliver, Gabi, Saúl and Carrasco
Forwards: Griezmann, Fernando Torres, Jackson Martínez and Correa

  • h007

    I hope Cholo starts Koke in the pivot in 4-4-2. I would like to see Griezmann – Jackson carrasco – koke – tiago – Correa
    luis – godin – gimenez – juanfran

  • h007

    And i also hope he did just park the bus if the score is 1-0 in our favour.
    Copied from my reddit Pussy007
    I think after valencia we got a easy run of games so we should try another formation/tatics then simeone’s preferred 4-4-2 . I think we should switch to a midfield of 3. IT will help us to get best out of oliver torres , koke . I would like a shift to 433 or 4231 i.e. 433 = Griezmann – Jackson/ vietto – Carrasco/correa Oliver – Gabi/tiago – Koke Luis – godin – gimenez – Juanfran I also think with playmakers like Oliver and Koke we should give possession based tactics a try. Also i think simeone need to grow some balls and not park the bus after the score is 1-0 in our favour or even games like barcelona where we hopelessly defend from 1st to 90th minute. Also on a side note we should give vietto some chances on the center forward position after he recovers from his injury .
    Also we should play only one of gabi – tiago rather both because they make our play too much defensive.

  • h007
  • Usavicente Calderon

    This game could be the difference between first place and just being in the top 3. Time to prove it. AUPA Atletico!