Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Betting Preview & Prediction | 2023-24 Spanish Primera
When is Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal on and what time does it start? Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal will take place on Sunday 12th November, 2023 – 20:00 (UK)
Where can I get tickets for Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal? Visit each club’s official website for the latest ticket information
What TV channel is Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal on in the UK? Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal will be televised live on LaLigaTV, but La Liga matches are also televised occasionally on Viaplay Sports and ITV
Where can I stream Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal in the UK? Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal can be streamed live on Viaplay, while ITV matches can be streamed live on ITVX
It has been an impressive calendar year for Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid, in what had appeared to be the end of his time, but ‘Cholo’ has signed a new deal and Los Rojiblancos are challenging for the title. Their 6-0 thrashing of Celtic in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in midweek was a good example of their new found form and fluency.
The home team’s 6-0 win in midweek followed up a really frustrating and surprising 2-1 defeat in the Canary Islands, where they lost to Las Palmas by two goals to one. They have a game-in-hand on Girona ahead of this weekend but have drifted to six points off the top and will need to just string a few more results together.
After beginning the season under pressure, despite finishing fifth last year, Quique Setien was sacked early on and replaced by former Huesca boss, Pacheta. Pacheta is already coming under significant pressure himself with the Yellow Submarine languishing in the bottom-half of the table in La Liga.
The visitors are floundering with just three victories in their 12 matches in La Liga so far this season. They come into this on the back of a much-needed 2-1 defeat of a Maccabi Haifa side that haven’t played football in over a month. Their 3-2 defeat at home to Athletic Club really ratcheted up the pressure on Pacheta.
THE TEAM NEWS
Atletico Madrid’s injury list is finally beginning to shorten but they remain without the likes of Reinildo, Thomas Lemar and Memphis Depay.
PREDICTED XI (3-5-2): Oblak; Molina, Savic, Witsel, Hermoso, Riquelme; De Paul, Barrios, Koke; Griezmann, Morata
UNAVAILABLE: Depay (Injured), Lemar (Injured), Vitolo (Injured), Reinildo (Injured)
Villarreal’s Alfonso Pedraza is a doubt for this weekend with the likes of Gerard Moreno, Juan Foyth, Denis Suarez and Francis Coquelin all unavailable.
PREDICTED XI (4-4-2): Jorgensen; Altimira, Albiol, Gabbia, Romero; Akhomach, Parejo, Capoue, Baena; Morales, Sorloth
UNAVAILABLE: Foyth (Injured), Gerard (Injured), Suarez (Injured), Coquelin (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Pedraza (Injured)
Last season, these teams finished third and fifth respectively so it shouldn’t necessarily be the case that this is a foregone conclusion but it really does appear to be that way this season. Atletico Madrid have dropped a few silly points but are so much better, both in terms of performances and results, than they were last season, whilst managerial and playing departures have seen a rapid decline in Villarreal’s general quality. Atletico should win relatively comfortably, especially at the Metropolitano.
BETTING TIP: ATLETICO MADRID TO WIN