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18/03/2018 Kick Off:  5:30 pm El Madrigal V Predicted Score:0 - 1

Away Atlético Madrid

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

A red card. Although in more recent times, the pair have been a little better behaved, there is a history of sending offs between the two, with eight reds shown in just 10 games between 2005 and 2009. A red card in the second half is 16/5 and that looks like one of the better value football predictions.

2 We fancy:

A correct score of 0-1 to the Atletico at 5/1 is a smart way to go. Two out of the last five matches in Villarreal have resulted in that scoreline and once ahead, Atleti are likely to shut up shop for sterner tests ahead.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Over 4.5 goals is 8/1 and although that may go against everything we have predicted, there is an outside chance it could pay-out.

This is because Atletico have managed five goals by themselves twice in the last six matches and although the home side are no fools, Atletico always remain a danger.

Team News

Villarreal CF's Last Six:

Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

Head coach Javier Calleja faces an ever-growing injury list to contend with but will at least be able to make a call on defender Jaume Costa’s fitness.

However, Leonardo Suarez and Ramiro Guerra are out of the remainder of the season.

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Atlético Madrid's Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 0 Lost: 1

Diego Simeone has Stefan Savic back in training but the return of Deigo Costa due to a niggling ankle injury is still unknown.

Juanfran and Kevin Gameiro also all have no return date set and are likely to miss out on Sunday.

Villarreal CF vs Atlético Madrid Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Diego Simeone has fashioned another hard-working Atletico Madrid side

Eight months into the season and both sides can be pleased with their efforts so far. Atletico are comfortably sat in the runners-up spot whilst Villarreal are holding on to a Europa League slot for next season in sixth. Over the years these two have provided much entertainment and today’s football prediction is for that to continue. With so much on the line, expect a fiery affair at the El Madrigal come Sunday.

Villarreal are 16/5 to win and based on head to heads, that is a price of value. The Yellow Submarine have won four of the last seven home ties between the two. Tiredness may also swing the balance of power in the home sides favour after a trip to Russia mid-week will have done little to help Atleti’s cause.

Atletico are 21/20 to win and one thing you can never do is write Simeone’s men off, especially considering they are on a run of just one defeat in their last 12 in all competitions. Backing Atletico at odds against could just be one of the best football betting tips of the weekend.

The draw is 21/20 and this would do neither side any harm. However, Villarreal have drawn just twice at home all season (the joint lowest in the league) and Atletico have drawn only three times away all season meaning one of the leading football predictions here is to stay away from the stalemate.

Under is 4/7 and that is one of the best La Liga predictions for this game.  Remarkably, only once in the last 10 meetings between the two has there been more than two goals, and nothing suggests that that will change in the football score predictions.

Atletico to keep a clean sheet is 5/4 and based on recent form, is one of the top football betting tips for the weekend. Simeone’s men have only conceded eight away goals all season which is only just bettered by Barcelona who have conceded just seven.

Predicted Score: Villarreal CF 0 - 1 Atlético Madrid

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!