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Atletico Madrid will host Villarreal this Sunday, as both clubs look to continue their winning momentum in La Liga 2022-23.
Diego Simeone has now been associated for more than a decade with Atletico Madrid and has led them to several memorable wins over an illustrious career, including two La Liga. He did however fall painfully short in defending his title in the last season, allowing neighbors Real Madrid to claim the crown.
Nevertheless, Atletico has started the new season with a convincing 3-0 win over Getafe last week. Alvaro Morata scored a brace, while Antoine Griezmann chipped in with a goal of his own, allowing the visitors to start their campaign on a victorious note. The club has seen a few exits during the pre-season, with Luis Suarez, Hector Herrera, Sime Vrsaljko, and Daniel Wass leaving. Simeone has brought in Nahuel Molina, Axel Witsel, and Samuel Lino to replenish his squad.
On the other end, Unai Emery has been with Villarreal for just a couple of years and has already led them to a Europa League victory in 2021, and a spot in the semifinals of the Champions League in the last season. Villarreal finished 7th place the last season, partly due to a hectic workload, juggling between the European and domestic fixtures. The club has begun its fresh season with back-to-back wins, beating Hajduk-Split in the first leg of Conference League play-offs, after beating Real Valladolid in the opening match of the domestic league.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal CF La Liga 2022-23. The match is going to be played at the Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, on 21st August 2022.
Diego Simeone is likely to have a fully fit squad available for selection, with the only exception likely to be Jose Maria Gimenez. Simeone is most likely to start with his preferred 3-5-2 formation in this match, featuring the likes of Morata, Griezmann, and Witsel in the starting eleven.
As for Villarreal, Arnat Danjuma, Manu Trigueros and Alberto Moreno are unlikely to make the trip to Madrid, as they recover from injuries. Alfonso Pedraza, Gerard Moreno, and Francis Coquelin will play an important role if Villarreal wants to collect any points from this match.
Playing its third competitive game within a span of 1 week, Villarreal players will be seeing some fatigue set in. And that will be playing to the home team’s advantage.
Bet on Atletico Madrid to win.
3 of the last 5 matches between the two clubs have seen goals scored at both ends, including both the fixtures in the previous season. Each of the last 3 top-flight games for Atletico and 3 of the last 4 such games for Villarreal has seen the ball hit the net on both sides, adding weight to our recommendation.
3 of the last 5 head to head games have produced at least 3 goals in them. Villarreal has scored an aggregate of 11 goals in its last 4 La Liga games, while Atletico has scored 8 goals in the same duration. With both the coaches leaning towards an attacking formation, we are likely to witness a high-scoring encounter.