Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Prediction and Betting Preview, 23 Feb 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 3-1
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal PredictionThe weekend action in La Liga concludes at the Wanda Metropolitano with Atletico Madrid hoping to build on their impressive Champions League win against Liverpool on Tuesday night. They are up against a Villarreal side that has been something of a bogey team for them in recent years.
Match status: 2019-20 La Liga - Matchweek 25
Kick-off:
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
Despite allegations of so-called anti-football, there was a real brilliance to what Atletico Madrid did against the runaway Premier League leaders. For the first time pretty much all season, Atleti felt like Atleti again with a passionate, battling display that thwarted the defending champions.

They will be hoping to rekindle that spirit here and finally get their league form back on track with just 1 victory in 5 league games for Diego Simeone’s men heading into this.

As for Villarreal, Europa League qualification may be their most realistic target but a good result here would really keep them in the frame for a top four finish.

They are only 2 points behind 4th placed Atleti heading into this game and they are in great form with 19 points from their last 8 matches, more than any other team in the division.

Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Team News

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 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 mighty 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.

Injured or Suspended Players

Atletico Madrid: Dario Poveda, Lemar, Trippier, Joao Felix and Herrera.

Villarreal: Bruno, Gerra and Manu Morlanes.

Pre-Match Odds

Atletico Madrid: 1.71
Draw: 3.74
Villarreal: 5.45

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions

Villarreal are a team that has historically given Diego Simeone’s Atleti problems and you sense that may continue here. You can never discount Atletico Madrid on a big European night against on-paper stronger opposition as Tuesday proved but they still don’t convince when the onus is on them to dictate the running.

Villarreal are playing well and have enough about them to get a goal here, which may be all they need to leave with a result with Atleti still short on firepower.
Main Match Predictions:
Away Over 0.5 @ 1.72
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Correct Score:
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Villarreal @ 7.00
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