La Liga – Matchday 38
Atletico Madrid vs Valladolid – 22nd May
Venue – José Zorrilla Stadium
The Deciding Game
Atletico Madrid has been in exceptional form this season and will be seeking to be crowned as the La Liga champions after this match. Diego Simeone’s men pulled off a stunner in their last game as they were trailing a goal behind Osasuna but by the end were leading with one.
Diego Simeone’s side is currently in the first position in the La Liga standings with 83 points and is 1 win away from winning the title. If Atletico Madrid draws or loses against Valladolid and Real Madrid wins their next game, then Los Blancos will be crowned with the La Liga title, hence it’s a do-or-die situation for Atletico.
Atletico Madrid’s possible starting lineup: Oblak, Suarez, Gimenez, Hermoso, Correa, Trippier, Saul, Koke, Llorente, Carrasco, and Felipe
The relegation-threatened Valladolid has been in a disastrous form recently, as they have lost all of their last 3 matches in this league and if things don’t go their way in this game, they will be relegated back to the second tier of Spanish football.
Sergio Gonzalez’s side is currently in the 19th position with 31 points in the La Liga standings and has merely won 5 games this season. The White and Violets have lost and also drew 16 games each. They will give their all to secure a win so that they are not relegated from this league.
Valladolid’s possible starting lineup: Masip, Plano, Janko, Gonzalez, Olaza, El Yamiq, Weissman, Fernandez, Fede, Mesa, and Jota
Valladolid’s Kenan Kodro and Raul Garcia are ruled out from this matchup as they are injured. Jawad El Yamiq will be back in the squad for this game after serving his one-game ban. Roberto Jimenez is out of this game as he has received a red card and Ruben Alcaraz will also be out as he was booked in the last game.
Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez will be back in the squad to replace Stefan Savic as he is suspended for being booked in his last game. Thomas Lemar will also miss out on being a part of this game because of his hamstring problem.
Head to Head
Atletico Madrid has an exceptional record against Valladolid as they have won 23 games out of the 42 matches played between both teams. The last time these two teams faced each other was in December and ended in a 2-0 win for Atletico Madrid.
Valladolid merely has 5 wins and have lost 10 of their last 11 games against Atletico Madrid. Sergio Gonzalez’s side has not even managed to score once in seven of their last 8 games against this Spanish Giant.
Prediction and Betting Tips
We think Valladolid are going to give Atletico Madrid a tough competition, but we expect Atletico Madrid to win 2-1 and be crowned with the La Liga title. The betting tips highly favour this game to end in a draw for a possibility of Real Madrid being crowned as the La Liga champions.
The first placed Atletico Madrid is the favourite in this matchup to win, to be crowned as the La Liga Champions with their pre-game betting odds at 1.30. There is a high possibility that this match might end in a draw, making this league even more thrilling and thus the betting odds for this are at 5.50. The relegation-threatened Valladolid is the underdog in this matchup and has their betting odds at 8.50.