Villarreal and Atletico Madrid go toe to toe at the Estadio de la Ceramica in a first game from the 16th round of La Liga. In our La Liga predictions we will spend few minutes to take a look at this fixture.
At this moment Villarreal are 13th in La Liga with 18 points won and a record of 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses. But they are certainly not in their best shape, because the Yellow Submarine is without a win in its last five matches in the league – one draw and four losses. Because of this we think that the manager Javi Calleja can’t feel absolutely safe for his job at the moment.
In the previous round Villarreal suffered a third consecutive loss in La Liga. The team had a trip to the Mestalla to face Valencia, but lost the game with 1-2. Zambo Anguissa’s goal for the Yellow Submarine was simply not enough.
Atletico Madrid can’t afford to make any mistakes now, if they want to fight for something more in the league this season. Right now Los Colchoneros are 6th in La Liga’s standings, being 6 points behind the leader Barcelona. They have a game in hand as well.
In the previous round Diego Simeone’s team suffered its second loss for the season. Atletico hosted the champion Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano, but a late goal from Lionel Messi allowed Barca to secure the win and keep the first place in the standings.
Cholo Simeone is having some problems in his squad at the moment. Diego Costa, Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic remain sidelined with injuries.
In our La Liga predictions we are sure that Villarreal and Atletico Madrid will offer us a great game of football on Friday. Both teams are not in their best shape at the moment, but they will enter this clash with the motivation to win.