Villarreal v Atletico Madrid – Betting Preview

11 Dec


Villarreal v Atletico Madrid: 19:45 – Live on Sky Sports 2

In a sleep-inducing contest, Villarreal drew 0-0 away to Leganes in their last La Liga game, while days later they defeated a poor Steua Bucharest side 2-1 at home in the Europa League. This victory was their first in five competitive games.

Atletico, meanwhile, couldn’t do any better than taking a share of the spoils after a 0-0 draw at home to an Espanyol side in good form last Sunday. Midweek, it got worse for Simeone’s Los Colchoneros as they lost 1-0 away to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.

All in all, neither team is in good enough form to trust and while they could play from memory and grind out a 0-0 or 1-0 win like they’ve done in the past in this fixture, recent results like Villarreal 0 Alaves 2 make it hard to put my faith in backing the Yellow Submarines on a + 0.5 Asian handicap basis, especially with Griezmann in town.

Given that the last six head-to-head meetings between Villarreal and Atletico have seen less than three goals in each, and in the expectancy of a tight, hard fought game, under 2.5 goals was what I had in mind, but at 4/7 it’s not worth the risk, so no bet.

From experience, when the under goals are too short priced to back, a half-time draw sometimes pays dividends in this sort of game in La Liga, but then it really would be guessing for the sake of it and I don’t want to do that.

Apologies that I can’t give you a solid betting pick in this game, but good luck if you have a bet, thanks for reading and check back for a preview of Friday’s game between Alaves and Real Betis.


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