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Villarreal will be hosting the current Champions Atletico Madrid, as the La Liga 2021-22 season continues after the winter break.
After a somewhat mediocre start to the season, Villarreal picked up steam towards the end of the first half. The team won 3 consecutive games going into the winter break and has kept the form intact coming into the second half, winning the first fixture of the New Year convincingly against Levante. The team has since suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against Sporting Gijon and crashed out of the Copa del Rey. Villarreal is currently in 8th place with 28 points.
Atletico Madrid on the other hand had a great start to the season, which saw the team losing just once in the first 14 games. Since then, things have started going downhill, and the team lost 4 consecutive matches going into the winter break. The break seems to have provided coach Diego Simone a much-needed opportunity to get his act together, and the team has won both the games it has played after the break. These include a 2-0 win against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga and a 5-0 drubbing of Rayo Majadahonda in Copa del Rey. Atletico is just within the top 4 and has a slender lead of 1 point over 5th placed Barcelona.
Match prediction and betting tips for Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, on the 9th of January 2022.
In the past 5 head to head encounters, 2 have been won by Atletico Madrid, while 2 have ended in a draw, including the last meeting at Wanda Metropolitano.
The game is more important for Atletico as it will be looking to keep its hopes for making it into the Champions League alive. As for Villarreal, the 3 points will bring it in contention for the Europa League.
Atletico may miss key players like Joao Felix, Hector Herrera, and Koke, all of whom have tested positive for COVID, as well as Marcos Llorente and Stefan Savic, both injured.
As for Villarreal, Ruben Pena, Paco Alcacer and Francis Coquelin may give the game a miss due to their injuries.
Both the teams look pretty evenly matched at this stage, and it wouldn’t be surprising if we see a repeat scoreline of their last meeting.
Bet on a draw.