Villarreal welcome Atletico Madrid to El Madrigal on Saturday night as they look to continue their assault at the top of the table.
Villarreal Betting News
The Yellow Submarine have begun the season in flying form, with only goal difference separating them from being clear at the top of the table.
Sitting on 13 points after five games Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side are of course unbeaten, and on the back of a 1-0 win away to Malaga on Wednesday night.
With Celta Vigo to follow their game against Atletico, Villarreal could be clear at the top of the table in the coming weeks if they keep up their imperious form. Notably, Villarreal have won their last four home matches in La Liga.
Cedric Bakumbu and Roberto Soldado are both struggling with injuries, though the latter may be able to play a limited part.
Meanwhile Adrian is injured for the hosts, with the wideman unable to play against his ex-club.
Atletico Madrid Betting News
Atletico meanwhile sit one point behind Villarreal in 4th place on 12 points after five games. The loss for Barcelona midweek will have opened up an opportunity for Diego Simeone’s team to pounce upon.
El Atleti took on city rivals Getafe on Tuesday night and they made light work with a 2-0 win, with both goals coming from their mercurial attacker Antoinne Griezmann.
Like Villarreal, Atletico have a fine chance to stake a claim atop the division in the coming weeks, with Real Madrid to follow the Villarreal game next weekend.
Koke is Diego Simeone’s only real injury concern, with Jose Gimenez passed fit, while Luciano Vietto may be given a start against his former employers.
Atletico are undefeated in 18 of their last 20 matches in La Liga.
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid Match Prediction
Saturday poses a traditionally ‘best of the rest’ clash, but this time both are vying for a place clear at the top of the table.
With tensions high the likely result on Saturday is a stalemate.
Match Betting Tip: Draw @3.10 at Bet365