​Atletico Madrid head to Valencia in La Liga on Friday evening with both teams looking to gather momentum as the fight for the top four heats up.


The hosts are coming off the back of a 3-0 humbling against surprise packages Getafe, while Atletico won 1-0 in a dour home performance against Granada.

Gabriel Paulista

With most teams playing after them on the weekend, it'll be a good chance for both sides to get ahead of the rest of the pack as they both eye a place in next season's Champions League.


Here is 90min's preview of the game.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Friday 14 February
What Time Is Kick Off?20:00 (GMT)
Where Is it Played?Mestalla
TV Channel/Live Stream?La Liga TV
Referee?David Medié Jiménez

Team News

Alessandro Florenzi is suspended for Valencia after being sent off against Getafe, while Jose Gaya, Jasper Cillessen, Kevin Gameiro, Ezequiel Garay and Manu Vallejo are also all ruled out with injury.


Francis Coquelin and Daniel Wass are likely to return though after missing out at Getafe with suspension.

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Meanwhile, ​Atletico also have a host of injury problems, which includes forward duo Joao Felix and ​Alvaro Morata being sidelined.


Dario Poveda, Hector Herrera, ​Kieran Trippier and Jose Gimenez are also out, which seriously showcases the fact that Diego Simeone's side will be severely weakened


Predicted Lineups

ValenciaDomenech; Wass, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Costa; Torres, Coquelin, Parejo, Soler; Rodrigo, Gomez.
AtleticoOblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Hermoso, Lodi; Koke, Saul, Partey, Carrasco; Correa, Vitolo.

Head-to-Head Record

Since 2006, Valencia have taken on Atletico 37 times, with the away side leading the head-to-head with 15 wins to the hosts' nine - 13 draws have been played out.


The home side have failed to beat their opponents in their last 10 games, so will be hoping to end that streak on Friday. Their last win against Atletico came in 2014, with Andre Gomes and Nicolas Otamendi among the goals in a 3-1 win.

Valencia CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga

​The last meeting between the two sides was in ​La Liga back in October, with a late Dani Parejo goal cancelling out Diego Costa's penalty in a 1-1 draw.


Recent Form

Angel Correa

Both sides are having a pretty up and down season, and are finding difficult to string a run of wins together. Valencia will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Getafe and being knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage to Granada.


Atletico's 1-0 win against Granada in their last game was a poor one. as they struggled to carve out any chances at all. That has been the story of their season though, and Simeone has to change something quickly.

ValenciaAtletico
Getafe 3-0 Valencia (08/02)Atletico 1-0 Granada (08/02)
Granada 2-1 Valencia (04/02)Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico (01/02)
Valencia 1-0 Celta Vigo (01/02)Atletico 0-0 Leganes (26/01)
Cultural Leonesa 0-0 Valencia (29/01)Cultural Leonesa 2-1 Atletico (23/01)
Valencia 2-0 Barcelona (25/01)Eibar 2-0 Atletico (18/01)

Prediction

Dani Parejo

​This game is likely to be quite a slow affair for a large portion of it, sticking to the way Atletico games have been this season. However, home advantage could be massive for Valencia, and with the number of injuries Los Rojiblancos have, they have a great chance to come out with a win.


Prediction: Valencia 1-0 Atletico