Athletico Madrid vs Villareal 04/05/2014 Free Primera League Soccer Pick and Preview
Athletico Madrid (24-4-3) Villareal (14-7-10)
Saturday 5th April 2014 15:00(GMT)
The Line: Athletico Madrid 4/9 Draw 3/1 Villareal 13/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: bein Sports
Athletico Madrid may have one eye on their Champions League game with Barcelona but Athletico are top of the table by a point and must continue to win games to stay ahead of the chasing pack of Barcelona and Real Madrid. The loss of Diego Costa to injury will no doubt hurt Athletico but the other Diego signed in January showed his talents with a wonderful strike against Barcelona on Tuesday and alongisde Koke, Turan and David Villa. Villa is playing for his place in teh Spanish world Cup squad and I fully expect him to be lethal for the next few months as he tries to carry the goalscoring threat for Athletico.
Villareal have some serious injuries at the moment, missing Gio Dos Santos will be a huge loss. Having only won one of the last five Villareal could have done with an easier fixture than awy to Athletico Madrid where Madrid have not lost this season and have only drawn three games all season. Marcelino will look to Perbet and Uche to provide the goal threat up front but I expect a five man midfield and a containment effort by the away side.
With the Champions League tie on Wednesday there is no doubt Diego Simeone's team are going to be slightly distracted but the Primera League title may be even more important to the Rojablancos. I am taking Athletico to get the job done here at home where they have been excellant all season. Champions League or no Champions League Athletico Madrid sit atop the league table and neither the fans nor their manager will let the team forget the importance of this game. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo