Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal Preview

Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal – Preview, Prediction, Team news, Lineups

Atletico Madrid aims to reclaim their winning form in La Liga as they host Villarreal at Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.

Match Preview

After a recent defeat to Las Palmas, Diego Simeone’s side looks to secure three points against the 13th-placed Villarreal, who also faced a setback against Athletic Bilbao.

Atletico’s six-game winning streak in La Liga was halted by Las Palmas, causing them to drop to the fourth position in the league table.

Despite this, they maintain a strong start to the campaign with 25 points from 11 matches, positioning them six points behind leaders Girona with a game in hand.

Following their Champions League triumph with a 6-0 victory over Celtic, Atletico is now at the top of Group E.

Simeone’s side aims to return to winning ways in La Liga, having not beaten Villarreal since February 2021.

Villarreal, currently 13th in La Liga, faces challenges this season with 12 points from 12 matches.

Despite dismissing head coach Pacheta, the Yellow Submarine secured a Europa League win against Maccabi Haifa but remains in search of their third manager this campaign.

Team News:

  • Atletico misses Depay, Lemar, Vitolo, and Reinildo.
  • Rodrigo De Paul returns for Atletico.
  • Villarreal’s Foyth, Moreno, Pedraza, Suarez, and Coquelin are sidelined.
  • Sporting director Miguel Angel Tena leads Villarreal after Pacheta’s dismissal.

Possible Lineups:

Atletico Madrid:

  • Oblak;
  • Molina, Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso, Lino;
  • De Paul, Koke, Griezmann;
  • Correa, Morata

Villarreal:

  • Jorgensen;
  • Alti, Albiol, Gabbia, A Moreno;
  • Akhomach, Capoue, Parejo, Baena;
  • Sorloth, Pino

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0

Villarreal Despite Villarreal’s recent improvement, Atletico, eager to return to La Liga victory, should secure three points at Wanda Metropolitano.

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