Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal 10/3/20 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atletico Madrid 1-1-0, Villarreal 2-1-1
10/3/20 10 am
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Atletico Madrid is welcoming Villarreal to Wanda Metropolitano in a derby match of round 5 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Atletico Madrid hasn’t played any friendly games in the preseason, but they haven’t lost any of their first two games in LaLiga this season. In their first match, Atletico has demolished Granada at home, while they were playing against Huesca on the road earlier this week. Atletico has had 64% of ball possession in this match, 2 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a solid 86% of the correct passes. Despite being the dominant team in this match, Atletico wasn’t able to score a goal, and they had some great chances. Huesca’s defense was simply too good this season, and this match ended in a 0-0 draw. Suarez has scored 2 goals for Atletico Madrid so far this season, while Felix, Llorente, Costa, and Correa each added 1 goal. Correa has also added 2 assists, while Suarez, Llorente, and Felix each have 1 assist. Vrsaljko is still questionable, while Gimenez is still in quarantine. I like Atletico Madrid this season because they are playing more offensively oriented soccer, and they are creating more chances than they did previous seasons, and if they can consistently score goals, I see Atletico Madrid in the title race.
Villarreal has played 4 games in LaLiga so far, and they have lost against Barcelona last weekend. Earlier this week, Villarreal was playing against Alaves where they hoped to bounce back from a loss. Villarreal was the better team in this match with 58% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and a solid 83% of the correct passes. With 2 scored goals in the first half and another one in the second half, Villarreal has deservedly won this match 3-1. Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer have been in great form so far, and each of them has scored 3 goals for Villarreal. Gaspar has 1 assist. Guerra, Alberto Moreno, and Pena are still injured, while Chakla and Pedraza are still questionable. With 7 points, 6 scored goals, and 7 conceded goals, Villarreal is now in 3rd place in the standings. Villarreal is playing great soccer in this early season, and they need to stay consistent as much as possible before the Europa League starts because playing in two competitions could stretch Villarreal thin, and because of that, they could play weaker soccer in LaLiga. Villarreal is a good team, and I see them in the battle for 4th place in LaLiga this season.
When playing at home, Atletico has not lost to Villarreal in their last 3 games. Atletico Madrid hasn’t lost any of their last 14 home games. Villarreal is coming into this match with a win, while I expected more from Atletico Madrid against Huesca, but they didn’t lose, which is the most important part, I guess. The trends are on Villarreal’s side in this matchup, but I will stick with goals here because I think Villarreal is good enough to score, while their defense is not good enough to contain Atletico Madrid.