- Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in four league meetings with Villarreal, winning each of the last two on home turf
- Atletico have lost only three of their last 60 La Liga home games
- Villarreal suffered defeat in nine of their 19 away league games last season and were beaten 4-0 at Barcelona in their first road match this term
Formidable hosts Atletico can reign supreme
Atletico Madrid are a formidable force on their own patch and they can utilise home advantage to good effect with victory home to Villarreal.
Diego Simeno’s side lost only one of their 19 home league games last term and their opening assignment at the Wanda Metropolitano this season saw them run out emphatic 6-1 victors against Granada.
In fact, Atletico have lost only three of their last 60 La Liga home games and they have won each of their last two Madrid meetings with the Yellow Submarine.
The signing of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, who bagged a brace on his debut against Granada, has added significant depth to their frontline. Atletico’s forward options also feature Diego Costa, Joao Felix, Angel Correa, Marcus Llorente, Thomas Lemar and Yannick Carrasco and that looks too hot to handle.
Villarreal suffered defeat in nine of their 19 away league games last season and were beaten 4-0 at Barcelona in their first road match this term.
Atletico should prevail but there is hope Villarreal can at least grab a consolation. The Yellow Submarine netted 24 times in 19 away games last season and failed to score in only one of those road trips.
It is also worth noting both teams have scored in four of the last six meetings between the pair, so we predict Atletico to win 3-1 – just as they did in this match-up last season.
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