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  • Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions: Javi Calleja Faces Biggest Test Yet

Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions: Javi Calleja Faces Biggest Test Yet

17:30 Saturday 28 October 2017
Simon Harrison
  • Atletico are unbeaten in LaLiga so far this season - Draw — 3/1 William Hill
  • Villarreal have scored nine goals in their last three league matches - Both Teams to Score (Yes) — 11/10 10Bet

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Diego Simeone has gone back to the basis, ahead of our Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal preview and football odds, with his Atletico Madrid side playing the negative football of years gone by of late. They are struggled for confidence and have resorted to bad habits.

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Villarreal have turned a huge corner since the sacking of Fran Escriba as a boss, with Javi Calleja being promoted from management within the club’s youth ranks and injected into the first-team picture. Three league wins in a row suggest that they made the right choice.

Our Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal predictions are based equally on the away side’s resurgence and the failings of the hosts, which makes a draw looked to be the likeliest outcome from within our LaLiga predictions ahead of this weekend’s action.

The home side are still unbeaten in the Spanish top flight and will be a tough customer to play at the Wanda Metropolitano, but they are certainly not looking particularly fearsome for a team with Villarreal’s confidence levels.

Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal Prediction and Betting Advice

Atleti are yet to suffer defeat in LaLiga this season, with their only poor results coming in the Champions League. Thus far in their new Wanda stadium, they’re yet to lose in the league, and the weight of expectations should help them to perform admirably despite their lack of ideas. A draw is offered at the best value with William Hill.

Since taking over the reigns at La Ceramica, Javi Calleja has only been asked to take his side to one away fixture in the league, but they did manage to scrape a 2-1 win away against Girona. Given that Atleti could only draw 2-2 at Montilivi on the opening day of the campaign, it shows that the Yellow Submarine should have some ability to break down a tough unit.

Calleja’s new era has seen the away side score nine goals in their first three games under his management. Three versus Eibar, two against Girona and four when they played Las Palmas last weekend. Cedric Bakambu has been scoring for fun and will be a real threat on the counter-attack.

Our Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal bets back this to be a competitive game in the Spanish capital, with Villarreal’s resurgence bringing goals along with it. During their 1-0 win against Celta Vigo last weekend, Simeone’s men sat very deep and such an approach would invite their opponents on dangerously this time around.

Bakambu has scored eight goals in eight LaLiga appearances so far this season for the visitors, with Carlos Bacca another threat to keep an eye on. With Pablo Fornals playing dangerously, Villarreal should be good going forward and you can get great value on both teams finding the back of the net with 10Bet.

Our Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal picks suggest that the hosts will be very tough to beat this weekend, given their fortress of a stadium, but the Yellow Submarine should be more than confident of matching their opposition. They’re riding the crest of a confidence wave.

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