Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid 29.04.2015


Villarreal vs. Atletico Madrid / La Liga – Derby of the round will play two teams positioned in the upper part of the standings, although neither of them have much motive. Villarreal is sixth and its position is not endangered but this team are in big crisis and they didn’t win for a long time. Atletico didn’t lose in the league for a long time and is third in the standings. Their position is also not in jeopardy but they have been recently eliminated from the Champions League. Villarreal had made a surprise in the first part of the season when it won Atletico in Madrid by 1-0, and it is interesting that was the only Atletico’s defeat in this season. Begins: 29.04.2015 – 22:00 CET


Villarreal had played nice and attractive football throughout bigger part of this season, which kept them in three different competitions. Then came a downfall and now they resemble a mediocre team with a series of nine matches without victory. All that started with Sevilla and those three matches, where two of them belonged to the Europa League that Villarreal both lost. Before that they were eliminated from the Spanish Cup, while in the championship they have two defeats and five draws. The biggest problems of this team in the said period is inefficiency, so in last seven rounds they have scored just one goal in an away draw with Getafe.

It is incomprehensible what has happened with the team who played nicely and attractively, and with many goals. Two rounds ago they couldn’t score even against written-off Cordoba and at home, while in the last round they drew away with Real Sociedad, when they played with a significantly changed team; without Uche, Vietto and G. dos Santos in the attack. There was no Cheryshev and from before injured Soriano and Musacchi. They will not play now too, as well as suspended J. dos Santos but we should expect other changes in the team.

Probable lineups Villarreal: S. Asenjo – Mario, Victor Ruiz, Bailly, J. Costa – Pina, Trigueros – J. Campbell, Moi Gomez – Vietto, I. Uche

Atletico Madrid

After the elimination from the Champions League Atletico needs only to finish the season and to try to keep the third place that is occupying now, as it directly leads in the Champions League next season. It is clear that this season is far less successful than the last one but given that it can be a lot worse they must not let their guard down. They soothe the wound caused by frustrating elimination from the Champions League, when they received the only goal couple of minutes before the end by the city rival Real, on Saturday against Elche who was escorted from Madrid with three goals.

Coach Simeone had refreshed the team so on the bench stayed Juanfran, Miranda, Arda Turan and Mandzukic, and again was brilliant the best Atletico’s player this season Griezmann. Siqueira was injured in that match and he is the only questionable for this one, so he will be replaced by Gamez, while Juanfran could return on the right flank, Arda Turan in the midfield and Miranda on stopper.

Probable lineups Atletico: Oblak – Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Gamez – Tiago, Gabi – Koke, Arda Turan, Griezmann – F. Torres

Villarreal – Atletico Madrid PICK

Villarreal is not in a good shape given they didn’t win for a long time and it is hard to expect to break the series right against tough Atletico. The visitors defend the third place and are motivated because of the only defeat at home this season for which the culprit is no one else but Villarreal, so we forecast that the reigning champion will not lose at El Madrigal.

Pick: Asian handicap 0 Atletico Madrid

Stake: 6/10

Odds: 1.64 at 10bet (down to 1.57 can be played)

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