Villarreal vs Atl Madrid

Villarreal vs Atl Madrid

One of the biggest games of the weekend in La Liga (LL) sees title
contenders Atletico Madrid travel to Valencia to take on Villarreal at
the Estadio de La Ceramica.

Second-placed Atletico come into this crucial match on the back of
Thursday’s resounding 5-1 away at Lokomotiv Moscow in the second leg of
their Europa League last-16 tie (agg. 8-1). How will the long trip to
the Russian capital affect Diego Simeone’s men? Atletico (64 pts, W19,
D7, L2) remain eight points behind runaway LL leaders Barcelona heading
into the weekend’s action, so they simply can’t afford to slip up if
they are to keep their title dreams alive.

Just one point separates sixth-placed Villarreal (44 pts, W13, D5, L12)
from Girona (43), who saw them off 2-0 two weeks ago and play Madrid
later in the day. Villarreal are struggling at home this season –
they’ve racked up a poor 23 points from 13 games (W7, D2, L4).

In 15 visits to Villarreal in the top flight, Atletico have tasted
victory just three times, with eight wins for Villarreal and four draws.
The reverse clash at the Calderon earlier this season ended 1-1, with
goals from Correa and Bacca.

Key battles: Striker Nicola Sansone (ten appearances, 331 min) has
bagged a stunning four goals from just five shots in 331 minutes. Deadly
clinical.

Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in 24 LL goals this season
(16 goals, eight assists) – 50% of Atletico’s total (48). A
one-of-a-kind player.

Stat attack: Atletico (12 goals conceded) have had 18 clean sheets in LL
so far this campaign.

Villarreal have been awarded five penalties, four more than Atletico.

Villarreal sit in second place for bookings (82) after 28 league games,
whereas Atletico have been handed only 65 yellow cards.

玩法 大分 指数 小分 进球数 大分(1.04) 2/2.5 小分(0.86)

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