Real Valladolid vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview & Predictions

Real Valladolid vs Atletico Madrid

Real Valladolid vs Atletico Madrid predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Diego Simeone’s side aim to clinch the title.

Date Saturday 22nd May 2021
Kick-Off 18:00 (local time)
Stadium Jose Zorrilla
Competition LaLiga

Real Valladolid vs Atletico Madrid Preview


Real Valladolid stadium

All eyes will be on the Jose Zorrilla this Saturday as Atletico Madrid aim to clinch their first league title in seven years and second under Diego Simeone by seeing off Real Valladolid. It’s not all about the visitors though, with the home team battling against relegation and in need of a final day miracle.

The outlook is bleak for Real Valladolid. Sergio caught everyone by surprise when he made wholesale changes for their trip to Real Sociedad last weekend. The plan backfired quite spectacularly as La Real raced into a 4-0 lead in 35 minutes and while the visitors would grab a late consolation goal, it wouldn’t have been a happy trip back to Valladolid and you sense there may be some serious tensions between players and coaching staff after that.

Real Valladolid could have been relegated last weekend but they hang on to the final weekend. They have to win this game to stand any chance of staying up, which clearly won’t be easy. Even if they do claim a shock victory, Real Valladolid need Huesca to lose and Elche to get no more than a draw. Both of those sides have more winnable home fixtures so it would be a huge surprise if Real Valladolid were to pull off a great escape on Saturday.

Clearly they can expect few favours from Atleti who just need to win the game to win the title after a dramatic late comeback last weekend. Their title dream looked dead with 10 minutes to go at the Wanda Metropolitano and with Osasuna leading 1-0. However Los Rojiblancos dug deep and found inspiration with goals from Renan Lodi and Luis Suarez sealing a dramatic victory late on to ensure Atleti head into the final weekend with matters firmly in their own hands.

They will assume that Real Madrid will beat what is likely to be a second-string Villarreal in the other game that matters at the top. Clearly there will be some nerves here but last weekend it was a good display from Atleti even before the goals finally came and they’ve approached recent games with the right kind of attacking intensity. On a slightly more concerning note, they have only won 1 of their last 7 away matches in all competitions and they nearly messed that one victory up at Elche, so this is by no means a formality for the visitors here.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Atleti Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Atletico Madrid won the reverse fixture 2-0 in December.
  • They’ve won on 4 of their last 5 visits to the Jose Zorrilla.
  • The exception was a goalless draw last season.

Team News

Roberto Jimenez and Ruben Alcaraz are banned for the hosts. Fabian Orellana is an injury doubt.

Stefan Savic is banned for Atleti who also have an injury doubt over Thomas Lemar.

Predicted Real Valladolid Starting Lineup:

Masip – Olaza, Bruno, El Yamiq, Janko – Emeterio, Fernandez, Mesa – Plano, Weissman, Jota (4-3-3)

Predicted Atletico Madrid Starting Lineup:

Oblak – Hermoso, Felipe, Gimenez – Carrasco, Llorente, Koke, Saul, Trippier – Suarez, Correa (3-5-2)

Real Valladolid vs Atletico Madrid Prediction: Atleti to Win 2-1

There will be a huge amount of tension at the Jose Zorrilla on Saturday but what may help the visitors, is that Real Valladolid simply have to win otherwise they will be relegated regardless of what happens elsewhere. Therefore a draw is no good to anybody here and even if it does turn into another frustrating game for Diego Simeone’s side, it should ultimately open up. Having kept their cool and done the business late on last weekend, you’d fancy Atleti to finish the job here.


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