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The La Liga meeting at Cívitas Metropolitano on Sunday sees home side Atlético Madrid playing against Villarreal.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Atlético Madrid v Villarreal can be seen below (inc. the best betting odds).
Atlético Madrid will be looking for a repeat result of the 6-0 Champions League victory against Celtic.
In that game, Atlético Madrid had 66% possession and 27 attempts on goal with 12 of them on target. For Atlético Madrid, the goalscorers were Antoine Griezmann (6', 60'), Álvaro Morata (45', 76'), Samuel Lino (66') and Saúl (84'). On the other side, Celtic got 1 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
Fixtures with Atlético Madrid have usually been exciting encounters lately with a lot of goalmouth action expected. Over their past six clashes alone, the sum total of 22 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 16 of these coming from Atlético Madrid. Having said that, we will just have to wait and see whether that pattern might be replicated in this next game.
Their previous form shows that Atlético Madrid:
- have not beaten Villarreal in their last 4 league matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 16 league matches at home. Incredible, really.
Villarreal come into this encounter following on from a 1-2 Europa League win to beat Maccabi Haifa in their last fixture.
In that game, Villarreal had 64% possession and 24 attempts at goal with 9 on target. For Villarreal, the goals were scored by Álex Baena (82') and Alexander Sørloth (86'). On the other side, Maccabi Haifa had 13 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Abdoulaye Seck (30') was the scorer for Maccabi Haifa.
Showing their fondness for action-packed matches, goals have been seen as many as 21 times in the last 6 matches in which Villarreal have taken to the field, making it a mean average of 3.5 goals for each clash. Opposing teams have got 8 from this total.
Looking at their past form shows that Villarreal:
- have not been beaten by Atlético Madrid when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels stretching back to 03/10/2020, there has been little to separate the clubs with Atlético Madrid winning 1 of those games, Villarreal 1 and 4 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
A combined sum of 16 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 8 for Atleti and 8 being from El Submarino Amarillo. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The previous league game featuring the two was La Liga match day 38 on 04/06/2023 when it finished Villarreal 2-2 Atlético Madrid.
In that game, Villarreal had 66% possession and 22 shots at goal with 7 on target. Goals were scored by Nicolas Jackson (9') and Jorge Pascual (92').
For their opponents, Atlético Madrid had 9 shots on goal with 3 on target. Ángel Correa (18', 56') scored.
The match was refereed by Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea.
Team News: Atlético Madrid
The Atlético Madrid boss Diego Simeone has zero fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash thanks to a completely injury-free squad ready to go.
In our view, Atleti will possibly use the 3-5-2 system in the match and select Jan Oblak, Axel Witsel, Jose Gimenez, Mario Hermoso, Nahuel Molina, Rodrigo De Paul, Koke, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo Riquelme, Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata.
Team News: Villarreal
With a fully injury-free squad available to choose from, the Villarreal boss José Pacheta has zero fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this clash.
From our viewpoint, El Submarino Amarillo seem likely to play in a 4-4-2 system using Filip Joergensen, Adria Altimira, Raul Albiol, Matteo Gabbia, Alberto Moreno, Ilias Akhomach, Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo, Alejandro Baena, Gerard Moreno and Alexander Soerloth.
It looks to us like Villarreal will do really well to put one past a Atlético Madrid team who will most probably boss this game in attack, midfield and defence.
We are anticipating a convincing 3-0 margin for Atlético Madrid when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Cívitas Metropolitano (68,456)
Captain: Jorge Koke
Chairman: Enrique Cerezo
Manager: Diego Simeone
Competitions: La Liga position 4, Champions League (Group E)
🔑 Key Man: Antoine Griezmann
Usually played in the Striker position, Antoine Griezmann was born in Mâcon, France. Having played his first senior match for Real Sociedad in the 2009 - 2010 season, the dangerous Forward has accumulated 7 league goals in this LaLiga 2023 - 2024 campaign so far in a total of 11 appearances.