Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Both Atletico Madrid and Villarreal will come into Sunday’s clash at Wanda Metropolitano high on confidence after fine displays in the last couple of weeks. The Mattressers claimed a huge 2-0 victory over Serie A champions Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League R16 tie on Wednesday evening.
The hosts also regained the second place in the La Liga ladder by taking advantage of Real Madrid’s slip-up (a 1-2 loss to Girona). They saw off Rayo Vallecano 0-1 on the road to return to winning ways after a pair of successive defeats to Real Betis and Real Madrid.
Villarreal produced the best performance of the season seven days ago when they defeated Sevilla 3-0 at Estadio de la Ceramica. It was a marvellous showing both attackingly and defensively. Karl Toko-Ekambi and Carlos Bacca functioned perfectly in the final third on the occasion.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
Villarreal have always been a tricky opposition for the Mattresers.
The Yellow Submarine lead the H2H tie by four wins coming into 36th encounter with Atletico Madrid.
Villarreal are unbeaten in last seven encounters with Atletico Madrid (four wins and three draws along the way).
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal: Prediction
Can Atletico Madrid finally end the negative tradition in H2H ties with the Yellow Submarine? They are certainly huge favourites by the look at the league table as well as their home form in this term of Prmera Division.
Diego Simeone’s men won 9, drew 2 and lost just 1 of 12 home outings in the league. They allowed only seven goals in the process, three of which came in the previous home fixture against Real Madrid. Even though Villarreal grew in form lately, we have to stick with the hosts who showed a splendid defensive display against mighty Juventus on Wednesday evening.
Also, Atletico Madrid welcomed Diego Costa back to the starting line-up as Spanish striker recovered from injury. The home win is worth backing at 1.57, while we will alternatively back the hosts to keep a clean sheet at 1.90.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
Atletico Madrid to win @ 1.57 (4/7)
Atletico Madrid to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90 (9/10).