Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal

Atletico-Madrid
VS
Villarreal
3rd meet 7th in La Liga as the Vicente Calderon faithful welcome their side back after their European exploits midweek saw them secure top spot in their Champions League group, with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. This was Atletico's 5th straight clean sheet in all competitions as their new look defence appears to be settling in and starting to hit the heights that last years impressive defence reached. My bet for today concentrates on defending so this stat is huge for me, especially given how the season started defensively for Atletico, it is now looking much better.

 

Villareal arrive in Madrid in fine form with a 2-0 away win midweek against Apollon in the Europa League following up on a deserved and impressive 4-0 home triumph over David Moyes' Real Sociedad. 3 clean sheets from their last 5 games in all competitions shows that they are a tight defensive unit. The 2 meetings between these sides last season ended 1-0 at Vicente Calderon to the hosts and a 1-1 draw at El Madrigal.

 

Atleti continue without the services of Mario Suarez as they have for much of the season while Miranda is unlikely to feature again as he continues to recover from his injury setback, although Gimenez has done a good job in his absence. Villareal continue without Musacchio & Jokic through injury and also have Giovani once again missing from their strike force, Vietto and Gerard are both doubtful as well which could leave them very light up top.

 

I expect this to be a tight and cagey affair and the longer it goes without a goal, the more cagey it will get. Both sides will set out with the mentality to contain each other and hit on the break and despite the vast talent in attacking positions it's highly unlikely to see an open game here. My pick for this game is under 2.5 goals at 1.83 with Bet Victor.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Unde 2.5 Goals BetVictor 1.83 6 0-1 WON (+4.98 units)
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