It has been a reliable start to the season for Atletico Madrid, and they could continue their upward trajectory by bouncing back to winning ways on Sunday. Villarreal will be the visitors, as they also look to bounce back from a recent defeat.
La Liga Preview
Atletico Madrid appear to be a player in the race for the La Liga title this term, as they sit fourth in the standings at this early stage. They come into this fixture on Sunday in reliable form overall after winning eight of their opening eleven matches this term. However, there will be a need for the Spanish side to bounce back after recently being beaten in the competition.
Their four-match winning sequence in the league was ended in shocking fashion last Friday night, as they were edged out by Las Palmas away from home. Despite dominating for long periods, they were made to pay for defensive mistakes. However, they put that setback behind them to storm to a midweek 6-0 win in the Champions League over Celtic.
Things can only get better for Villarreal at this stage of the season, as they are currently languishing down in 13th place in the standings. They have recorded just three victories from their opening 12 matches this term, and even a win on Sunday wouldn’t be enough to lift them into the top half of the standings.
Villarreal have landed just a single victory from their previous five matches in the competition, and they have already allowed 21 goals, which is the most of any side outside of the relegation places. Their most recent defeat was suffered at home, as they lost 3-2 against Athletic Bilbao.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Head to Head
The overall recent record matches up very evenly, as there have been nine wins for both Atletico and Villarreal, as well as nine drawn matches between these two sides. Villarreal comes into this match after going four without defeat against Atletico, but their only win over that period was a 2-0 success in this exact fixture last term.
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Prediction
Three of the previous four league meetings between these sides have ended in draws. However, it could be hard to overlook Atletico’s dominant attacking showing in midweek when making picks this weekend. Therefore, we will be siding with the home win.
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