Atletico Madrid are looking to seal their first La Liga title in seven years when they visit Real Valladolid at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla on Sunday. Can Los Rojiblancos get over the line, or will Valladolid coming to the rescue of defending champions Real Madrid?
Where and when: Estadio Jose Zorrilla – 23 May, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Real Valladolid vs. Atletico Madrid: Premier Sports
Last time: Thomas Lemar and Marcos Llorente both scored in the second half, as Atletico beat Valladolid 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano in December.
Real Valladolid v Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
Just when it appeared Atletico Madrid were finally succumbing to the pressure, the La Liga leaders showed their famous steely grit and determination to pull it out of the bag against Osasuna. Now, all that stands between Los Rojiblancos and their first league title since 2014 is relegation-threatened Real Valladolid.
The Pucela need a victory to stay up, combined with other results going their way. However, Sergio’s side have failed to win any of their last 11 matches, losing five. What a story it would be if they could upset the odds to beat the league leaders and beat the drop in the process, especially considering their owner, Ronaldo, is a Real Madrid legend.
That would be a cruel fate indeed for Atletico, who have been top of the table since November. Los Rojiblancos have been architects of their own downfall though after suffering a significant dip in form since February.
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Diego Simeone’s side won just four of 11 in the league during a poor run lasting between February and April, but they’ve recovered to win five of their last seven. That includes a stunning 2-1 comeback victory over Osasuna last weekend.
With Real Madrid winning and Atletico losing 1-0 with just eight minutes to go on Sunday, Renan Lodi’s equaliser set the stage for Luis Suarez to score a dramatic late winner for Los Rojiblancos. Simeone had spoke of the ‘Suarez Zone’ prior to the game, and his words proved prophetic.
What a season it’s been for the Uruguayan after being cast aside by Barcelona last summer. The most recent of his 20 La Liga goals returned Atletico’s fate into their own hands with just a matter of seconds to spare, with one more win all Los Rojiblancos need to defy the odds and beat the Clasico pair to the title.
The visitors are the 1/3 favourites with William Hill to get the victory they’re so desperate for in these Real Valladolid v Atletico Madrid predictions. The home team are 9/1 with the same bookmaker, while you can back the draw on Sunday at 22/5. A stalemate, coupled with victory for Real Madrid, would send the title back to the Bernabeu by virtue of Real’s superior head-to-head record against Atletico.
One to watch for Real Valladolid: Shon Weissman has salvaged two points for Valladolid over the past few weeks, netting equalising goals against both Athletic Bilbao and Real Betis. The Israeli attacker is 24/5 in the anytime scorer market on Sunday.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez has had an incredible season, putting a five-match drought behind him to score a dramatic late winner last weekend. The Uruguayan has reached 20 league goals for the ninth time in his stellar career and is the 21/10 favourite to claim goal number 21 with the opener here.
Long shot: Atletico are unbeaten in their last 11 games against Valladolid, winning on all but one occasion. Los Rojiblancos have scored 24 goals across those 10 victories, conceding four. Simeone’s side have won their last two matches 2-1 and the same result here is 8/1, sending the title to the Wanda Metropolitano. If you’re searching for bigger odds in these Real Valladolid v Atletico Madrid tips, you could add Suarez as the first scorer for 27/1.