Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 20 October 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Atletico Madrid took advantage of unexpected slip-ups from both Barcelona and Real Madrid to catch up with La Liga giants in the battle for the very top of the standings. The Mattressers grew in form parallel with their rivals’ struggles winning five of last six matches in all competitions. Can they keep such stellar form going and survive a stern Villarreal test on Saturday afternoon at Estadio de la Ceramica?
Diego Simeone had huge issues with his side’s strongest weapon as Atleti conceded unusually high number of goals at the very start of the season. Things have significantly improved on this field of late and the Mattressers will come into the Villarreal tie having shipped just one goal in last five games.
They are now level on points with defending champions Barcelona in second place and only a single point shy of table-toppers Sevilla after eight rounds in Primera Division.
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head
Villarreal have a positive head to head record against the Mattressers.
The Yellow Submarine won 15, drew 8 and lost 11 of 34 encounters against Atletico Madrid.
Villarreal were indeed a very tricky opposition to Atletico in most recent years and they go into this undefeated in last six meetings with the Mattressers (four wins and two draws in the process).
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction
The Yellow Submarine, however, have huge troubles with consistency at the start of the new campaign. They sit as low as 16th in La LIga ladder ahead of the 9th round clash with Atletico. Javi Calleja’s troops lost back-to-back fixtures to Real Valladolid and Espanyol.
Villarreal’s defense was super vulnerable in latest outings as Xellow Submarine conceded three goals to both Spartak Moscow (3-3 draw in Europa League) and Espanyol (3-1 loss in Primera). Atletico have a strong firepower on display in the final third even though Diego Costa’s appearance comes in question through injury.
We’d normally favour Atletico under these circumstances, but the head to head trend will force us skip away win bets. Backing a low-scoring contest looks to be just the way to go instead.
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.50 (1/2)
Draw at the half time @ 1.95 (19/20).