La Liga’s 2018/19 campaign gets underway this weekend with the game of the opening weekend pitting title hopefuls Atletico Madrid away to Valencia, who finished fourth last season. Diego Simeone’s side are narrow favourites to pick up three points but the hosts will look to pick up the points in Monday night’s clash.
Where and when: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia – 20 August, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: Atletico edged out Valencia in the pair’s meeting at the Wanda Metropolitano back in February, with Angel Correa’s second half strike the only goal of the game.
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Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
Both Valencia and Atletico Madrid will hope to get their La Liga campaign off to a winning start as they clash in a mouth-watering opening day tie.
Simeone’s side finished second last season with 79 points from their 38 games while Marcelino Garcia Toral’s Valencia finished two places and six points further back in the standings.
Los Rojiblancos are narrow favourites to win this game at odds of 6/4 with a home victory available at 15/8 and the draw priced at 11/5. (William Hill)
This could be a cagey affair with Atletico typically defending resolutely while Valencia may also exercise caution as to not chase the game. Under 2.5 goals is available at 8/13 (Bet Victor) while fewer than 1.5 goals is at 9/5.
However, there is no shortage of firepower and attacking talent on the pitch (despite conservative tactics of each side), so over 2.5 goals may appear to offer value at 11/8.
A ‘double chance’ on Valencia to battle their way to either a draw or a win is available at 8/15 while an Atleti win/draw outcome is at 5/11.
If you fancy the visitors to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 10/3.
One to watch for Valencia: Rodrigo Moreno’s fine form earned him a call-up to Spain’s World Cup squad, having hit 19 goals in all competitions for Los Che last season. He is priced at 2/1 to score anytime here.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann has hit a devastating 112 goals across the past four seasons – an average of 28 per season. For him to get off the mark here is available at 2/1.
Long shot: There was just one solitary goal in the two meetings between the sides last season, including a 0-0 at the Mestalla last August. A scoreless draw in this game is available at odds of 7/1 (888 Sport).