VALENCIA VS ATLÉTICO DE MADRID
Valencia 0-0 Atlético LaLiga Santander 2017/18: match report, goals, action
Atletico Madrid and Valencia played out a goalless draw at the Mestalla on SaturNigeria B - Atlético Madrid: friendly
Valencia 0-0 Atletico Madrid: match report
Atletico Madrid will feel like they dropped two points opposed to earning one having dominated the second half of the game at Mestalla on Saturday afternoon.
Following a good stary, they were pushed back into their own half by a well-organised Valencia side but the chances were few and far between.
Valencia, coming off an important draw with Real Madrid before he international break, earned another point for themselves as Marcelino's culture-changing moves continue to prove fruitful on the field.
Diego Simeone didn't miss Antoine Griezmann against Las Palmas but will be glad of his return in the next game as Atletico were toothless up front when they managed to get anything going at all despite the fact that Valencia gave them opportunities. After three games, Atletico have five points, the exact same number as Valencia as they sit fourth and seventh respectively in LaLiga due to goal difference.
Valencia vs Atlético Madrid live stream online: as it happened
Valencia vs Atlético Madrid: LaLiga match preview
With the international break over, two sides who have both registered a win and a draw so far in LaLiga return to top-flight duties with an enticing matinée clash.
After two seasons of turmoil - a period in which five different coaches have occupied the Valencia dugout - Los Che have made an encouraging start to life under new boss Marcelino García Toral.
Having begun their LaLiga campaign with a 1-0 home victory over Las Palmas, they then impressed in an entertaining 2-2 draw at champions Real Madrid in week 2.
However, the hosts face a team who they have struggled against of late, winning only once (just under three years ago, in October 2014) in their last 11 meetings with Atlético.
Atlético showed real grit on the opening weekend to overcome Antoine Griezmann's red card and fight back for a 2-2 draw away to LaLiga new boys Girona, before a thumping 5-1 triumph at Las Palmas last time out.
In what is the last of three straight league games on the road before beginning life at their new stadium in week 4, Atleti head to Valencia boosted by the midweek news that coach Diego Simeone, the architect of their recent success, has signed a new, three-year contract.
Following his sending-off in Catalonia, Griezmann remains suspended for the visitors, who are currently on a club-record run of 13 LaLiga away games without defeat.
Valencia vs Atlético Madrid: potential line-ups
Valencia XI: Neto; Montoya, Murillo, Garay, Gayà; Parejo, Kondogbia, Carlos Soler, Pereira; Rodrigo, Zaza.
Head coach: Marcelino García Toral
Atlético Madrid XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luis; Gabi, Saúl; Koke, Carrasco; Correa, Vietto.
Head coach: Diego Simeone
Valencia vs Atlético Madrid live stream online: betting odds
Atlético are the bookies' favourites to claim all three points, with Simeone's men priced at €2.20 to beat Valencia. A victory for Los Che is valued back at €3.60.
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