Atletico Madrid will be looking to bounce back from successive defeats when they resume their La Liga campaign at home to Valencia on Saturday night.
Diego Simeone’s side are currently fourth in the table, boasting 33 points from 20 matches, while Valencia occupy ninth position, having collected 29 points from their opening 21 games.
Atletico will enter this weekend’s contest off the back of successive defeats, having lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup on January 13 before suffering a 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad in the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.
Simeone’s team also drew their last league game away to Villarreal on January 9, meaning that they have not been victorious in Spain’s top flight since a 2-0 home success over high-flying Rayo Vallecano on January 2.
The Red and Whites have only won one of their last six league fixtures, suffering four defeats in the process, which has left them in fourth position in the table, 16 points behind leaders Real Madrid.
The reigning Spanish champions are not in a title race this season but are in a top-four battle, with Real Sociedad, Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano, Villarreal and Valencia also in close proximity of the Champions League positions with a lot of football still to be played.
Atletico are unbeaten against Valencia in the league since October 2014, but the points were shared in a 3-3 draw at Mestalla earlier this season, and there have been at least four goals in three of the last four La Liga meetings between the two sides.