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With Valladolid in poor defensive form and Diego Simeone's side getting some key faces back into the squad, Phil Kitromilides can see Atletico netting over 2.5 goals

After a disastrous week which has seen them lose three games in a row, drop from first to third in the league table and exit the Copa del Rey at the hands of their fiercest rivals, Atletico Madrid could not have hand picked a better game for them to try and get back on track.

Real Valladolid are the visitors to the Vicente Calderon on Saturday afternoon and the relegation strugglers could be in for a serious backlash.

Atletico will have Diego Costa back from suspension, while Thibaut Courtois will also return from injury, their two most crucial players, which should mean a comfortable home win but the odds are predictably short.

Bet365 price a victory for Diego Simeone's men at just 2/11 (1.18) while Valladolid can be backed at 12/1 (13.00) and the draw is offered at a sizeable 6/1 (7.00).

Even a draw could be a task too far for the visitors though. Valladolid have been generally extremely poor in recent weeks and on the road they have been conceding goals at an alarming rate.

With Diego Costa back in the side and Atletico with a point to prove, backing them to net over 2.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) could yield some decent profit on Saturday afternoon. Valladolid have conceded three or more goals in five of their last six away games during which time they have let in a total of 19 goals and with the hosts looking to mark the return of their talisman with a good performance.

Atletico have more than enough up front to comfortably see off one of the division's weakest sides and with this selection paying out eight times in their home matches this season, it looks like an excellent option for those searching for an angle on Simeone's side.

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Atletico Madrid to score over 2.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) for 2.5pts with bet365

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