Atletico Madrid – Villarreal (La Liga)
Atletico Madrid and Villarreal face each other this Tuesday, at Vicente Calderón Stadium (Madrid). This is a match of La Liga’s 34th round. Atletico Madrid arrive here after several home wins. Atletico Madrid hold the 3rd place in the La Liga table with 68 points, which comes from 20 victories, 8 draws and 5 defeats, with 60 goals scored and 24 goals conceded. The team has been presenting good results, since in their last 5 official matches, in this competition, they have won 4 matches and drew the other one. This sequence of results started with a 0-2 away win against Málaga. This victory was followed by a 1-0 home win against Real Sociedad, a 1-1 away draw against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, a 3-0 home win against Osasuna, and in their last clash, a 0-1 away win against Espanyol.
At home, so far, the team has played 16 matches: won 12, drew 2 and lost 2, that is, they have been presenting really good results and making good use of the home advantage. Their offensive and defensive form have been very effective. In these 16 home matches they have 36 goals scored and 12 conceded. In 9 of them they didn’t allow visitors to score.
After qualifying for the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, Atletico Madrid are back in the La Liga, where they will try to keep up their amazing performance so far, and win these 3 points. With that, we can believe that they will present an offensive proposal, since they will be playing inside their stadium and have quality players to do so.
Both Augusto Fernández and Juanfran are out due to injury. Sime Vrsaljko is a questionable player.
Probable Lineup: Oblak – Giménez, Savic, Godín, Felipe Luis – Carrasco, Saúl Ñiguéz, Gabi, Koke – Gameiro, Griezmann.
Villarreal arrive here after a 2-1 home win against Leganés. The team holds the 5th place in the La Liga table with 57 points, which comes from 16 victories, 9 draws and 8 defeats, with 48 goals scored and 27 goals conceded. The team has been presenting mixed results, since in their last 5 official matches, in this competition, they have won 3 matches and lost the other two. This sequence of results started with a 2-3 home loss against Eibar. This loss was followed by a 0-1 away win against Real Betis, a 3-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao, a 2-1 away loss against Alavés, and in their last clash as mentioned before, a 2-1 home win against Leganés.
As a visitor in the La Liga so far, the team has played 16 matches: won 6, drew 6 and lost 4. Away from home, they have been presenting mixed results, since their defensive form hasn’t been very effective. In these 16 away matches they have 16 goals scored and 10 conceded.
Sergio Asenjo, Denis Cheryshev and Victor Ruiz are out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Fernández – Mario, González, Musacchio, José Ángel – dos Santos, Trigueros, Bruno Soriano, Samu Castillejo – Adrián López, Bakambu.
Villarreal will be facing a team of very high quality and theoretically superior, which in addition to being playing at home, have very talented players like Griezmann. The two great defenses of the La Liga meet and the home advantage may play an important role.