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Atlético Madrid will arrive at Estadio de la Cerámica on Sunday for the La Liga clash with home side Villarreal.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Villarreal v Atlético Madrid game - plus the latest betting odds.
Villarreal will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following a 2-1 Europa League triumph over Red Bull Salzburg.
In that match, Villarreal had 49% possession and 5 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Villarreal was Gerard Moreno (40', 89'). On the other side, FC Red Bull Salzburg had 11 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Mërgim Berisha (17') was the scorer for Red Bull Salzburg.
It’s been seldom in recent games where Villarreal haven’t conceded. The reality is that El Submarino Amarillo have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 7 goals during that time. Previous results aside, we will just have to wait and see if such a trend shall be maintained here in this match.
A look at their previous results shows us that Villarreal:
- have not registered a win against Atlético Madrid in their previous 5 league matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 3 matches in the league.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Chelsea in Champions League competition, Atlético Madrid and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Atlético Madrid managed 36% possession and 6 shots on goal with 0 on target. For their opponents, Chelsea had 11 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Olivier Giroud (68') was the scorer for Chelsea.
The numbers tell their own story, and Atlético Madrid have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 9 goals in all. At the back, Atleti have clearly had some problems.
Leading up to this clash, Atlético Madrid:
- have not emerged victorious against Villarreal in away games against them for the last 5 league games. Not good.
- haven't been defeated by Villarreal in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their last 6 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head meetings dating back to 18/03/2018 tells us that Villarreal have won 1 of them & Atlético Madrid 2, with the number of drawn games standing at 3.
A combined total of 11 goals were produced between them in these games, with 4 of them from El Submarino Amarillo and 7 for Atleti. That is an average goals per game value of 1.83.
The previous league encounter featuring the two was La Liga match day 5 on 03/10/2020 when the final score was Atlético Madrid 0-0 Villarreal.
On that occasion, Atlético Madrid managed 54% possession and 14 shots on goal with 1 on target.
Villarreal got 6 shots at goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Alejandro Hernández Hernández.
Team News: Villarreal
Francis Coquelin (Ankle Injury), Mario Gaspar (Muscle Injury), Alberto Moreno (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Vicente Iborra (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will not be taking part for Villarreal manager Unai Emery.
Team News: Atlético Madrid
Atlético manager Diego Simeone has not got a full squad to pick from. José María Giménez (Muscular problems), Héctor Herrera (Corona virus) and Yannick Carrasco (Foot Injury) will not be playing here.
We’ve got the feeling that Villarreal may not find it easy to put one past this Atlético Madrid lineup who will likely win and very possibly keep a clean sheet.
We’re therefore seeing a hard-fought 0-1 victory for Atlético Madrid at the end of the match.
It should be a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica (23,500)
Captain: Mario Gaspar
Chairman: Fernando Roig
Manager: Unai Emery
Competitions: La Liga position 6, Europa League (Round of 32)
⭐ Key Player: Paco Alcácer
Mostly used in the Striker position, Paco Alcácer was born in Torrent, Spain. After having played his first senior match for Valencia in the 2011 - 2012 season, the gifted Forward has struck 5 league goals in this LaLiga 2020 - 2021 season so far in 16 appearances.