Villarreal and Atletico Madrid face each other at Estadio de la Ceramica in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Sunday’s card. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses in La Liga.
Villarreal: Decent Season
Earlier in the season, there was plenty of conjecture about Quique Setien’s relationship with the dressing room, although that appears to have passed. However, the indiscipline that has crept into their game this term has serious question marks over Setien’s head. Still, Villarreal will play in Europe next season because no matter what happens on Sunday, the team will finish fifth in the standings and earn a Europa League spot.
They failed to close the gap on Real Sociedad last weekend, losing 2-1 on the road to Rayo Vallecano. They basically have nothing to play for, but let’s not forget that only three teams have scored more league goals this season than Villarreal, who have racked up 57 goals in 37 games. That firepower could be decisive on Sunday, so if you’re betting online, you should expect a high-scoring affair.
Giovani Lo Celso is expected to return to the starting lineup after scoring as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Rayo Vallecano, whereas Alfonso Pedraza is banned for this clash due to yellow cards. Francis Coquelin misses out with an ACL injury.
Providing Setien is kept around, Villarreal has plenty to be optimistic about heading into next season, and behind Liverpool, they will likely be one of the favorites for the Europa League. For now, the Yellow Submarine can concentrate on going out with a bang in their last game of the season, at home to Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid: Fighting for Second Spot
Atletico Madrid aims to build on a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad. Diego Simeone’s troops are eager to overtake bitter rival Real Madrid in second place, and seeing that they want this win more than Villarreal, we should include them in our La Liga picks and parlays.
Atletico has already booked their spot in the group stage of the 2023-24 Champions League, with a total of 76 points from 37 matches, leaving them in third position in the table, one point behind Real Madrid in the battle for second position, with Barcelona comfortably winning this season’s title.
Atletico’s absence from the knockout rounds of Europe has helped them in their domestic league, and they would view second in the table as a successful campaign.
Atletico were missing Memphis Depay, Marcos Llorente, Jan Oblak, and Thomas Lemar for their clash with Real Sociedad last time out, and all four could again miss out here. Still, it is difficult to back them to lose at the moment.
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid Head-to-Head
Villarreal beat Atletico Madrid in the reverse fixture, keeping a clean sheet. Villarreal’s last defeat at this venue against Diego Simeone’s team came back in 2021. Three of the last four matchups finished with at least three goals on the scoresheet, with both teams finding the back of the net. Villarreal is one of the best home teams in the league, with 12 wins in 18 games and 34 goals scored. On the other side, Atletico Madrid has the second-best defense on the road, with just 16 goals allowed in 18 away games.
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid Match Information
- Match: Villarreal (19-6-12) vs Atletico Madrid (23-7-7)
- Location: Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal
- Day/Time: Sunday, June 4, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid Live Stream: fubo.tv
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid Betting Lines
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid Picks and Prediction
The visitors enter this clash as slight favorites, priced at +150 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest La Liga odds, while the goal line is set at three.
You could argue that the goal line is set too high for a game involving Atletico Madrid, but this is the last game of the season, and these types of games are usually very entertaining. Villarreal will try to give their fans something to cheer for, and despite having nothing to play for, they will try to enjoy and score as many goals as possible. On the other side, Atletico will be happy to finish second, but for that to happen, not only must they win here but also need Real Madrid to drop points against Bilbao. We’re expecting an entertaining match so we are backing the over.