Prematch: Real Valladolid vs Atlético Madrid

Atletico Madrid is hotly pursuing Real Madrid as competition for second place heats up

Published: April 29, 2023 02:28


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30 Apr 21:00

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After suffering their third successive defeat at Valencia on April 14, La Pucela are eager to secure another top three finish this time around. On Sunday April 30th at 20:00 (GMT+1), their match against Atletico de Madrid at Jose Zorrilla Stadium will commence.

Valencia Outlast Real Valladolid 2-1 in Mestalla Stadium Thriller

Real Valladolid fell to Valencia 2-1 at Mestalla Stadium on Thursday. Cyle Larin (six minutes in) gave Valladolid an early lead, only for Mouctar Diakhaby [60′] of Valencia to restore parity within an hour mark and ultimately seal victory with an injury time goal by Javi Guerra (90+3) late. La Pucela maintained their 14th place standing with 35 points from 10 wins, 5 draws and 16 losses in their previous match-up against La Pucela. Valladolid will face Atletico Madrid this weekend as they aim to rebound after suffering their first LDWWL setback this month. The White and Violets have enjoyed exceptional form at home recently, winning four out of their last six at Jose Zorrilla Stadium without suffering a loss and currently enjoying their longest scoring streak this season with four consecutive home goals scored! Valladolid have experienced poor form against their weekend opponents, losing 12 out of their 13 La Liga meetings with them since 2009 (one game resulted in a goalless draw in 2019 being an exception). La Pucela have only had longer winless streaks against Real Madrid [15 games, ongoing since 2009]. Paulo Pezzolano replaced Javier Pacheta as Valladolid manager earlier this month and has won seven out of a possible nine points so far – so will be hoping for an unlikely victory on Saturday. Pezzolano employed a 5–3–2 formation against Valencia and will likely do so here as well. Anuar Tuhami remains unavailable through injury while Selim Amallah and Jawad El Yamiq both left the pitch suffering injuries during that matchup.

Atletico Madrid Rebound with 3-1 Victory Against Mallorca

Atletico Madrid bounced back after suffering its second consecutive loss against Barcelona with a 3-1 victory against RCD Mallorca at Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday. After conceding an early goal, Mattress Makers quickly responded with goals from Rodrigo De Paul [45’+2], Alvaro Morata [47′], and Yannick Carrasco [77′]. Diego Simeone’s side remained third on the La Liga table with 63 points from 19 wins, 6 draws, and 6 losses to remain within striking distance of second-placed Real Madrid [65 points]. Atletico Madrid have won five of their past six away matches against Valladolid in La Liga [5W, 1D & 0L] with five victories coming by way of wins [5W, 1D & 0L] while winning 3-0 in their reverse fixture. Simeone will likely field a 5–3–2 lineup featuring Morata and Griezmann up front as attackers.

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