Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid 2012: Preview and TV schedule

Jasper Juinen

Valencia or Atletico Madrid is going to finish third in La Liga this season. Saturday's match should go a long way towards determining who pulls it off.

Atletico Madrid currently sit ahead of Real Madrid in the La Liga table, while Valencia are currently out of the top half, but there is always a general order to La Liga. It's early days, and this is very much a fight for third place in the league. Atleti look like favorites at the moment, but Valencia is starting to get healthy and should make their way up the table shortly. The only question is whether or not that climb will begin this week.

Valencia always give a game to even the best sides at the Mestalla, and their home record is great once again this season. They've been absolutely horrible on the road, but they're unbeaten at their own ground.

Los Che will need to put in an excellent performance on Saturday to keep that record intact given the current form of Atletico Madrid and their best player, Radamel Falcao. He's on an absolutely ridiculous goal-scoring tear, with 19 goals in 16 appearances for club and country since the summer.

Valencia injuries and suspensions

Out: Sergio Canales, Pablo Piatti, Jeremy Mathieu

Atletico Madrid injuries and suspensions

None.

Diego Simeone has a full team to pick from and has been very lucky with injuries so far this season. Valencia get Sofiane Feghouli back from a suspension, and the only players missing through injury are players who have been out long-term.

Match date/time: 5 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. local

Venue: Mestalla, Valencia, Spain

TV: beIN Sport (U.S.), Sky Sports 4 (U.K.), Canal+ (Spain)

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