VILLAREAL VS ATLETICO MADRID
KICK OFF: Saturday 20th Oct 2018 | 18:30 CET
La Liga wk9 | ESTADIO DE LA CERAMICA
Despite their past dominance, Villareal’s miserable form suggests they have no chance against Atletico’s solid defence this time out
Villareal’s inconsistent results have left them just above the relegation zone. They haven’t won at home yet this season with their only two wins coming on the road. They are up and down, and one wonders if this is the game where they’ll be at their absolute best. Carlos Bacca and Gerard Moreno have formed the bluntest attack in the league, with just a goal apiece in eight games. A goal difference of -1 suggests that The Yellow Submarine aren’t on form defensively either. It will be hard for them to see off an organised side.
Atletico Madrid has grown in form, and this is the best time for them to end a six-match winless run against the struggling hosts. Sitting third but level on points with Barca, and playing before Barca and Sevilla clash later on the day, Atleti will surely fancy their chances of climbing to the top of the table. Simeone’s men have conceded the fewest goals in the league, and they could well go home unharmed against misfiring Villareal.
Everything points to a straight Atleti win, while the banker bet will be a victory of under 3.5 goals.
Key Match Facts
- Villareal has not won at home in all competitions this season (P6, D3, L3).
- Atleti has kept five clean sheets in eight league games so far.
- Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa has failed to score in his last 17 league games, the worst run of his career.
Result Prediction: Atletico Madrid win
Score Prediction: Over 2.5 match goals