La Liga: Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
La Liga: Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid preview, team news, prediction and tips
January 8
Football

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Villarreal will host Atletico Madrid in the La Liga matchday 20 on Sunday. The kick-off is at 22:00 CEST.

Preview

Even though Villarreal were eliminated from the Spanish Cup by Sporting Gijon courtesy of a 2-1 loss on Thursday, Unai Emery's men are on four-game winning run in the Spanish top flight ahead of their clash with Atletico. What's more, the Yellow Submarine had won each of their six matches across all competitions before the mid-week encounter in Gijon. Despite being in all but perfect form in recent months, Villarreal have struggled for consistency throughout the 2021/22 campaign and thus sit in eighth in the Spanish top flight standings with 28 points.

Atletico, meanwhile, have kicked off 2022 with back-to-back wins over Rayo Vallecano (2-0) in La Liga last weekend and Rayo Majadahonda (5-0) in the Spanish Cup on Thursday. However, the Rojiblancos' current two-game winning streak came following four straight defeats in the league in December, meaning that Diego Simeone's side are now fourth in the table, four points clear of the Yellow Submarine and whopping 14 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid but with a game in hand over their bitter rivals.

Team news

Serge Aurier, Aissa Mandi, Boulaye Dia and Samuel Chukwueze will not feature for the hosts this time around due to their involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations. Francis Coquelin, Ruben Pena and Paco Alcacer, in turn, are unavailable through an injury. Atletico, for their part, will be without suspended Jose Maria Jimenez and Luis Suarez as well as Stefan Savic who remains sidelined.

Prediction

Villarreal have failed to beat Simeone's crop in seven consecutive head-to-head meetings since 2018 but still managed a 2-2 draw against Atleti in the reverse fixture in the Spanish capital earlier this season. As Emery's side have really impressed with the level of their performances in the past few months while the Rojiblancos certainly haven't, let's say that you definitely can expect goals at both ends in this encounter too.

Tip

Both teams to score at 1.91 with 1XBET.


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