Atletico Madrid Valencia Odds : Rojiblancos look for ten straight as punters pile in to Radamel Falcao
Two Spanish sides go head to head in the Europa Leauge semi-final first leg when Atletico Madrid host Valencia on Thursday evening as the Rojiblancos go for ten straight wins, with punters fancying Atletico striker Radamel Falcao to once again find the net after bagging 25 goals in 26 games in the competition so far.
Atletico have been flying in the Europa League this season, winning their last nine matches and losing just once in the competition throughout the campaign.
There is still plenty for them in La Liga this season too as they sit in ninth just one point of a European spot.
An impressive 1-0 away win at Rayo Vallencano on Sunday will have been just what manager Diego Simeone was looking for after a 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid last week.
Radamel Falcao has been in great form this season, scoring 30 goals in all competitions. Falcao has scored thirteen in his last fifteen games and manager Simeone will be looking to his leading scorer to come up with the goods yet again this week.
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Valencia will be looking to bounce back after a poor 4-0 defeat at the hands of Espanyol over the weekend. After winning just two of their last eight, they go into this massive game short of a bit of form and confidence.
Unai Emery’s side breezed past Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the quarter-final, taking the tie 5-2 after a very convincing 4-0 win at home in the second leg.
Sitting third in La Liga, Champions League football is looking likely for the Spanish giants next season, though they are only three points clear of fifth place it is all still in their own hands.
The 2004 winners will be looking to grab an away goal and take the advantage into the second leg.
Valencia have had the better of Atletico Madrid this season, taking four points from them in La Liga.
It all makes for a fantastic semi-final, one which both sides will fancy their chances in. Kick-off is at 8.05pm on Thursday.