Place: Spain. València. Estadio Mestalla.
Date: on the 20h of August, 2018 (Monday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Championship of Spain. La Liga. 1st round.
Atl Madrid (the head coach Diego Simeone)
In the central match of the first round two representatives of Spain will meet in frames of the Champions League. But, despite the status of the away match, we begin representation of the participants of this match with the Mattress Makers. Last Wednesday, on the 15th of August the team of Diego Simeone has won the UEFA Super Cup (2010, 2012, 2018) for the third time in the history.
If in two previous victorious finals the rivals of Atl Madrid were the Italian Inter (2:0) and English Chelsea (4:1), then this time we have received purely Spanish derby with participation of two best clubs from Madrid. And though an initial favorite of the match was the defending champion of Europe, the Mattress Makers in 120 minutes have managed to score two goals thanks to Diego Costa’s efforts and also thanks to Saul and Koke have scored four goals and have missed two (4:2).
The vice-champion of Spain has played the first official match of the season in such lineup (4-4-2): Oblak – Juanfran, Savić, Godin, Lucas – Koke, Rodriguez, Saul, Lem – Griezmann, Diego Costa.
València (the head coach Marcelino)
In thirty eight matches of last season Valencia has won twenty two victories and seven draws (73 points). It was the fourth result of the season after Barcelona (93) and two Atlético clubs from Madrid (79) and Real (76). And the Bats have gained the fourth position long before the end of the championship as all closest rivals – Villarreal, Betis and Sevilla have hopelessly lagged behind.
As a result, after a three-year break Valencia became the participant of the EUFA Cup championship. Of course, in order to strengthen the starting lineup, the hosts of Estadio Mestalla have shown good activity in the transfer market and have already spent €76 million. The transfer of the French midfielder of Inter Milan Geoffrey Kondogbia (25 million) became the most expensive signing, the full back from Lyon Mouctar Diakhaby (€15 million) and the center forward of the guests Kevin Gameiro (€20 million) also became the new players of the Bats.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match València vs. Atl Madrid
Last time the hosts of Estadio Mestalla have managed to win over Diego Simeone’s team on the 04th of October, 2014 – 3:1, that is, nearly four years ago. And three subsequent meetings have ended with clear advantage of the guests (1:3, 0:2 and 0:0). Now, according to bookmakers, a favorite of this match are also the Mattress Makers: València – 3.00, Atl Madrid – 2.50.
The forthcoming match is extremely important for both teams. Undoubtedly, after winning the UEFA Super Cup prize Diego Simeone’s team wants to please the fans with a bright victory again and to begin the new season in a group of the leaders. And Valencia is dreaming to break its unsuccessful series and therefore will also fight to win.
Our tip:both team to score (yes) – odds 1.95. Bet365