Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 23 February 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Atletico Madrid have been a force to reckon with in their own backyard. With six of the eight defeats for Villarreal so far coming from their outings, it looks like the visitors have their work cut out for them this Sunday.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Head to head (h2h)
- Their last clash ended as a stalemate.
- All of their past three meetings have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in half of their previous six encounters.
- Four of their last eight games have finished in a tie.
- Villarreal have registered the win four times in their past ten fixtures. (W-4, D-4, L-2)
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Match Preview
Atletico Madrid were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw by Valencia in their last clash in the LaLiga. Nevertheless, the hosts are still unbeaten in their past two games on the trot and have stumbled just twice in their previous nine.
It is also worth mentioning that with forty points to their name, the home team are holding on to the fourth spot on the ladder, albeit only on goal difference.
On the other hand, Villarreal are in fine form at the moment. The visitors have not been at the losing end in any of their last four games in the top flight, and have garnered ten points from a possible twelve in the process.
Their most recent clash, in particular, saw them take down Levante at home with a 2-1 scorecard. As of now, the guests are sitting sixth in the table, with thirty-eight points in the bag.
Hence, a win this week could potentially help them bypass both Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, to break into the top four.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Prediction
First and foremost, Atletico Madrid are fresh off of putting an end to Liverpool’s stellar winning streak in all competitions with the 1-0 victory they secured here earlier this week. The margin of victory might be slender, but the magnitude certainly is not, considering the carnage that Liverpool have been causing back in England.
Furthermore, the hosts have stumbled just once in front of the home crowd so far which, to their defense, was against the might Catalans. In sharp contrast, Villarreal have admitted defeat six times on the road already. To make matters, the visitors have not secured the bragging rights in their past two visits here either.
Taking into account that Atletico Madrid are a confident bunch in front of the home crowd, Villarreal’s chances of coming out on top are certainly looking bleak.
Additionally, the hosts have been tough to breach in their clashes here this season. In fact, they have kept a clean sheet in three of their past four LaLiga fixtures at home. Impressively, they have conceded just six goals in total so far, which is also the least by any side in the cluster.
Moreover, all of their previous six h2h meetings at this stadium have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the final scorecards. Considering that the reverse fixture of this clash had also ended as a stalemate, expect nothing short of a low scoring affair in this one as well.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Betting tips
Atletico Madrid to win @ 1.66 (2/3)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.70 (7/10).