Valencia vs Atletico Madrid predicted lineups: Enforced changes for Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid are back in action this Saturday when they face Valencia at Mestalla. It’s a 16:15 kick-off local time, meaning the action will get underway at 15:15 in the UK. The visitors are hoping to lay the foundations for a title challenge this season.

Valencia vs Atletico Madrid predicted lineups and news

Valencia started the season with back-to-back wins but they’ve since suffered successive defeats to quell any optimism that might have been building at Mestalla. They’re only a point behind Atletico Madrid as it stands, but Diego Simeone’s side have a game in hand over all of the teams around them following the postponement of their last match against Sevilla due to flooding in the Spanish capital.

This game is not available to view live in the UK but can be caught on ESPN+ in the United States and on TV in many other countries.

Valencia vs Atletico
18th March 2023; Civitas Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain, Spanish La Liga Football, Atletico Madrid versus Valencia ; Rodrigo de Paul breaks away from Gaya – Photo by Icon sport

Team news: Valencia

Valencia were beaten 1-0 at newly promoted Alaves last time out which may lead boss Ruben Baraja to consider throwing some of his late summer signings into the starting eleven. Sergi Canos and Selim Amallah both featured off the bench in that match after recent moves to Mestalla while Ukraine international striker Roman Yaremchuk was an unused sub having joined on loan from Club Brugge.

The hosts have a few selection issues to contend with here. Youngster Alberto Mori is sidelined until November while defenders Gabriel Paulista and Dimitri Foulquier are injury doubts. 19 year old centre-back Cristhian Mosquera could be trusted with a starting role as a result.

Valencia predicted lineup

Mamardashvili, Gaya, Mosquera, Diakhaby, Correia, Pepelu, Guerra, Almeida, Diego Lopez, Duro, Canos

Team news: Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid hammered Rayo Vallecano 7-0 in their last game but they’ve had to wait patiently for another outing. Since the Madrid derby in Vallecas, Yannick Carrasco, who started that match, has departed to join Saudi side Al-Shabab.

That will lead to at least one enforced change from Diego Simeone here with Javi Galan, Samuel Lino and Rodrigo Riquelme all options on the left hand side. Rodrigo De Paul who assisted two of Atleti’s seven goals at Rayo is also a doubt while this game may come too soon for fellow midfielder Koke as he battles back to fitness.

In defence, Jose Maria Gimenez should be available and could get his first minutes of the season, although perhaps only off the bench given his lack of match sharpness.

Atletico Madrid predicted lineup

Oblak, Hermoso, Witsel, Savic, Galan, Lemar, Barrios, Llorente, Molina, Griezmann, Morata

Will Samuel Lino play?

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Samuel Lino of Valencia during the La Liga match between Real Betis v Valencia CF played at Benito Villamarin Stadium on June 04, 2023, in Sevilla, Spain. (Photo by Antonio Pozo / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport)

Samuel Lino was one of the standout players for Valencia last season but he’s back at his parent club now and Yannick Carrasco’s departure increases his chances of seeing regular minutes. However a minor muscle injury reduces his chances of starting on his return to Mestalla where he should be due a good reception.

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