Our match prediction:
Following a routine 1-0 win over Getafe in the Madrid derby, Atletico Madrid will be looking to stay in the race for the La Liga trophy with a triumph over high-flying Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine defeated Malaga at the weekend and they did well to record a 1-0 win over star-studded Serie A team Napoli in Thursday’s Europa League game. Marcelino’s men have been impressive at the back this season and seeing that los Rojiblancos will rely on their rock-solid defence in Sunday’s showdown as well, there is every chance one goal will separate the two sides in the Estadio Vicente Calderon clash. Villarreal are not regarded as good travelers and given Atletico’s impressive home record, Diego Simeone’s men should emerge triumphant in Sunday’s game. Taking everything into account, we predict that the hosts will record a hard-fought win over the Camp el Madrigal outfit.
Highligted Player (Godin):
Diego Godin is considered one of the best defenders in the history of Uruguayan football. The Atletico Madrid centre back played for Cerro and Nacional in the Uruguayan national championship between 2003 and 2007 and in August, 2017 he signed a deal with La Liga side Villarreal. Godin made 91 league appearances for the Yellow Submarine and on 4 August he made probably the best decision of his career as he signed a contract with Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan defender won the 2013/2014 La Liga trophy with los Rojiblancos, while making it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2014, 2016). He won the Europa League trophy in the 2011/2012 season with Atletico Madrid as well. Speaking of his international career, Godin clinched the 2011 Copa America trophy with Uruguay. Despite playing as a centre back, Diego Godin often scores after set pieces and you should have in mind that he scored eight goals for Diego Simeone’s team in the 2013/2014 season (all competitions).
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Vilarreal managed to reach the Primera Divison for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club couldnt manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Divison. In the last couple of years Villarreal deveped itself to a stable club in the Primera Divsiion. This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3th on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.