Mar 4, 2017 11:01:27
Our Spanish betting expert tipped a 13/5 winner in Atletico's last game and he is backing both teams to score at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday
Thursday was a bad night for Atletico Madrid as they saw Fernando Torres stretchered off with an extremely worrying head injury as they drew 1-1 at Deportivo La Coruna.
Thankfully, it proved to be just a scare for the former Liverpool striker, yet the two points dropped at the Estadio Riazor mean Atleti are very much in a battle for fourth spot with Real Sociedad and potentially Villarreal as well.
Los Rojiblancos take on Valencia at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday with the visitors gradually edging themselves away from the relegation battle.
Wednesday's 1-0 home victory over Leganes means Los Che are now 10 points above the drop zone, with Voro's side winning three of their last four matches. bet365 who, as ever, are live streaming the game for UK based customers offer a home win at 4/9 (1.44) while Valencia can be backed at 13/2 (7.50) and the draw is offered at 7/2 (4.50).
What has been noticeable this season about Atletico is their comparatively poor defensive record, as one of the tightest sides in Europe over the last couple of campaigns have been conceding goals consistently. In their championship winning season in 2014, Diego Simeone's men let in just 26 league goals, while last term they conceded a mere 18 times.
The current campaign has seen the home side concede 22 league goals already, and in all competitions they have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six games. Indeed, Atleti have kept just two shut outs in their last 11 matches, a record which would have been unthinkable in previous years under Simeone.
All of this means the price of 19/20 (1.95) for both teams to score is extremely appealing, with Valencia striking in 20 of their last 22 matches in all competitions. This bet has paid out in nine of Atleti's last 11 matches, and in 22 of Valencia's 29 competitive fixtures this season.