Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 6:48 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 6:48 PM UTC

Villarreal have excelled in front of goal this season...
<div id=":od"><div id=":oc"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Friday, December 6, at El Madrigal</strong></a></p><p>Atletico Madrid badly miss Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic. Their greatest strength is their defensive solidity, but they have not kept a clean sheet in six matches after both first-choice centre-backs suffered injuries. Mario Hermoso and Felipe have filled in at the heart of the defence, but Atletico keep leaking goals. They are down to sixth in the table after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona last time out and they may struggle to contain an exciting Villarreal side on Friday night. The hosts have banged in 18 goals in seven home games so far this season, and they are the great entertainers of the division, so this could be an interesting contest.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Villarreal were unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Valencia at the weekend. They dominated the possession and had 24 shots on goal, but they could not find an equaliser at the Mestalla. Santi Cazorla is out injured and they miss the creativity he offers, but they still boast plenty of dynamic forwards. Gerard Moreno is devastating when cutting in from the wing, while Karl Toko Ekambi is a handful up front. Samuel Chukwuese and Carlos Bacca offer strong options off the bench, and Andre Zambo Anguissa has flourished in a more advanced role. Veteran defender Raul Albiol leads the defence reasonably well, but it is rare to see Villarreal keep a clean sheet.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Altetico have looked vulnerable at the back since losing Gimenez and Savic to injury. Hermoso is a top defender, but his partnership with Felipe looks unconvincing. They were also without important midfielder Saul Niguez for the game against Barcelona, and that robbed them of creativity. Diego Costa is out, but manager Diego Simeone has great attacking options in the form of Joao Felix, Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa, so he should really go for it in this game in a bid to outscore Villarreal.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>It finished 1-1 when these teams bet at El Madrigal last season, and 2-1 to Villarreal in the previous campaign. The hosts typically find a way to score against Atletico, but their defence often lets them down. They have conceded 24 goals in 15 games so far this season, which is why they are 13<sup>th</sup> in the table despite their attacking riches. It all points to both teams scoring in this match, which should be a pretty entertaining affair.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">Both teams to score at 1.95 (19/20) with Coral</a></strong></p></div></div></div>
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