Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Atletico Madrid and Valencia face each other at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Saturday’s program. Atletico Madrid dropped two points in a goalless draw with Real Valladolid at Estadio Jose Zorilla in their last league match, but they are definitely capable of beating Valencia on home soil.
Diego Simeone’s troops are eager to stay in the race for the trophy and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano clash. The attacking partnership of Diego Costa and Joao Felix has been in a fine working order at the start of the season and, no doubt, all eyes will be on the duo when Atletico Madrid take on Valencia on Matchday 9. Los Che, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling los Rojiblancos’ party in Madrid.
Highlighted Player (Koke):
Jorge Resurreccion Merodio “Koke” has enjoyed a meteoric rise after coming through the youth ranks at Atletico Madrid, quickly becoming an important player for both club and country. Possessing impressive technical skills and very mature for his age, the highly rated midfielder is capable of covering just about any position in the middle of the park and he has been used as a central midfielder, left winger and right winger by both Diego Simeone and Vicente Del Bosque.
Koke has been a key member of one of the best generations in the history of Atletico Madrid, winning the 2013/2014 La Liga trophy and reaching the Champions League final the same year. Widely regarded as one of Europe’s best midfielders, it is only a matter of time before Koke will join an absolute top club and he is believed to be a primary target for La Liga rivals Barcelona.
While playing alongside Xavi Hernandez at the 2014 World Cup, Koke is believed to be a worthy successor of the former Catalans star in the national team now that he has retired, and with 20 Spain caps to his name, his international career is just starting.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.