PREVIEW & TIPS FOR Villarreal vs Atl. Madrid
Villarreal and Atletico Madrid meet at Camp El Madrigal in a meeting for the 29th round of the Primera Division. The two teams tied (1-1) on 28-10-2017, the last time they faced each other in this edition of the league. At this stage, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which has 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 games. In fact, the last time they faced in this stage was 12-12-2016, in a game by the First Division that finished with the victory of Villarreal by (3-0). The goals of the match were scored by Trigueros (28 ‘), J. dos Santos (38’) and R. Soriano (90 ‘) for Villarreal.
Villarreal Team News
After 13 wins, 5 draws and 10 losses, the home team is in 6th place, having won 44 points. In the last match, they beat Las Palmas by 0-2, after having lost at home in a game against Girona, by (0-2). In the last 10 home games for the league, Villarreal have recorded 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses, having won 16 points out of 30. In their home league games the most frequent marker in the break was 1-0 (5 out of 13 matches). Defensive solidity has not been his strong point as he has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 games but his attack has regularly scored as he has scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches in this competition. In 28 games in this competition, he suffered the first goal 10 times and only got 1 turn on the scoreboard. In the last 13 home games in this competition there are 1 highlights: 5 of his 14 goals in minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Villarreal vs Atl. Madrid Stats
Villarreal have been campaigning reasonably in La Liga but have been playing in the last few games and are looking for 3 points in the next round to stay firm in the fight for a place in the next Europa League. The team has a median attack that has scored 38 goals and is the ninth best of the competition, while the defense suffered 32 goals and is the seventh less leaked, needing to improve a little in both to return to climb in the classification. Playing at home, like Sunday’s match, Villarreal have won only 3 of their last eight games, come from 2 defeats in the last 3 games and it is worth mentioning that they conceded goals in 7 of the last 8 matches as a principal, needing to be more efficient in front of their fans. For the clash with Atletico Madrid, coach Javi Calleja will not be able to rely on midfielder Bruno Soriano on account of injury, an important embezzlement in midfield.
Atl. Madrid Team News
The visiting team is currently in 2nd place with 64 points, after 19 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, he lost out to Barcelona by (1-0). In the last match, won at home to Celta de Vigo by (3-0). The team arrives in this match after a win away with Lokomotiv Moscow by (1-5). In the league, Atletico Madrid won 22 points in 30 chances, after 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 10 games they played as a visitor. In the games played as a visitor there are some more frequent results: at the end of the first 45 ‘0-0 (5 in 14 games) and at the end of the game 0-1 (5 in 14 games). Defensive solidity has been one of his strengths as he has only conceded in 3 of the last 10 games and his attack has scored regularly as he has scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games for this competition. In his away games for this competition there is a tendency towards few goals, since in 9 of the last 14 that disputed there were less than 3 goals. This is a team that does not usually feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 21 of the last 28 games for the Primera Division, of these 21 reached the interval in advantage in 12 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 18. In 28 games in this competition, he only managed 1 turn on the scoreboard in the 4 games in which he conceded the first goal. In the last 14 away games for this competition there are 2 periods that stand out: he suffered 4 of his 8 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘) and 3 of his 8 between (16′-30’).
Atletico Madrid have been making a great campaign in the Spanish Championship where they are among the first placed, comes in great stage with 7 victories in their last 8 games and goes in search of another positive result to continue dreaming of the national title. The team has a good quality attack that has scored 48 goals and is the fifth best in the competition, but the great asset is its solid defense that has only 12 goals and is the least leaked, evidencing the good balance between the 2 sectors that allow the great income so far. Playing away from home, such as this Sunday’s match, Atletico Madrid have the second best La Liga campaign, it is the second team that lost least as a visitor and it is worth mentioning that it is the second team that suffered less goals away from their dominions with 8 goals taken in 14 matches.