Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal
Spanish La Liga
Date: Tuesday, 25th April 2017
Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s men will be looking to secure the win in the remaining few matches at Vicente Calderon in order to secure the automatic Champions League qualification at the end of the season.
The Yellow Submarine is in the UEFA Europa League spot at the moment. However, it won’t be easy for Villarreal to secure the fifth position since Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao will be eager to overtake one of the top five positions.
In the previous round, Antoine Griezmann brought yet another victory to his team at RCDE Stadium, where they beat Espanyol with the minimal result of 0-1. The hosts are three points clear from Sevilla, the advantage they need to maintain in order to remain in the top three.
Rojiblancos are undefeated in 31 out of the last 33 matches at Vicente Calderon in the domestic league. Diego Simeone’s team managed to keep a clean sheet in 6 out of last 8 La Liga games.
Villarreal’s brilliant forward Cedric Bakambu beat Leganes himself at Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday, as he scored in the 68th and the 92nd minute, earning the full prize for the Yellow Submarine. In 16 games on the road this season, the guests conceded only 10 goals, the least in Spain.
However, in Villarreal’s previous three games in Spanish top flight, there were 3 or more goals seen. Fran Escriba’s men will be certainly happy with a point in Madrid especially since they are facing the semi-finalists of UEFA Champions League.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
Rojiblancos have failed to score in the last three outings with Villarreal. The previous match at Vicente Calderon ended without goals, while the last two meetings at Estadio de la Ceramica were finished in favor of the hosts.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal: Prediction
Both teams are at the crucial point in the next season’s European football chase. Diego Simeone is certainly less pressured than his college since Atletico will face their rivals in the Champions League semi-finals, while on the other hand, Villarreal had a forgettable Europa League campaign.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal: Bet tips
The first pick will be under 2.5 goals at 1.80.
You could also try Atletico Madrid to win by one goal margin at the odds of 3.40.