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Preview: Atlético Madrid vs Villarreal - predictions, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole previews Sunday’s La Liga match between Atlético Madrid and Villarreal, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

Atlético Madrid undertake Villarreal La Liga on Sunday.

Both teams kicked off their league campaigns last weekend with an impressive 3-0 away win.

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Atlético are determined to challenge for the title after losing the La Liga title to rivals Real Madrid last season.

Diego SimeoneThe longest-serving coach of any club in Europe’s top five leagues since 2011, he has been in charge of the Colchoneros since 2011, leading them to a golden age. Short twice in the Champions League final against Real.

It has been a quieter summer for Atleti than in recent years. Axel Witsel, Nahuel Molina When Samuel Reno brought in, and Luis Suarez, Hector Herrera, Daniel Wass When Shime Vrsaliko depart.

The club’s wage bill may have increased exponentially throughout Simeone’s reign, but the performance of the former Argentinian midfielder is all the more noteworthy, as Real and Barcelona are still far from spending where they can succeed.

Given their 3-0 win away to Madrid-based Getafe last weekend, it would be absurd to deny them to try again. Alvaro Morata Scored twice upon returning from a two-year loan spell at Juventus Antoine Griezmann With 15 minutes remaining, the victory was sealed.

Still, Villarreal have clearly provided a much tougher test this weekend, with last season’s league match between the two sides ending 2-2.

Villarreal's Juan Foyth celebrates the first goal he scored on 12 April 2022© Reuters

Like his next counterpart, Unai Emery Although he brought great success to Villarreal, he joined Yellow Submarine in 2020 after a disappointing spell at Arsenal.

The former Real Sociedad midfielder, who won the Europa League three seasons with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016, will reach the semi-finals of the Champions League after leading Villarreal to a penalty shootout victory over Manchester United in the 2021 final. We advanced with just one win. It was the second time in the club’s history last season.

Despite losing 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield, Emery’s side put the Reds on edge with a 2-0 lead at half-time in the second leg. but, Jürgen KloppVillarreal’s heroic European effort may have ultimately led to a disappointing 7th place finish in La Liga.

So while Emery and his team won’t be active in the Champions League or Europa League this season, they beat Hajduk Split 4-2 in the first leg of the European Conference League qualifier playoffs on Thursday. Newly promoted Real Madrid will send Valladolid into the opening weekend of La Liga, where he is 3-0 away from home.

Emery and Villarreal are both well accustomed when it comes to defying the odds on multiple fronts, though there may be concern fatigue will affect his side ahead of the weekend’s trip to Madrid. .

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Alvaro Morata in action for Atletico Madrid on 15 August 2022© Reuters

Jose Maria Jimenez He missed last week’s derby due to tonsillitis and is looking to make a full recovery, so he may not be at risk for Villarreal.

Otherwise, Simeone appears to be in good health and his main dilemma is likely whether or not to start Griezmann after having goalscoring impact from the bench.

French forward could be sent off Joanne Felix From the beginning to provide more diligence alongside Morata, who surprised many by scoring two goals in the last match.

With Simeone generally favoring a 3-5-2 formation these days, Witsel is likely to reinforce his defense after impressing in that position on his debut.

Meanwhile, Villarreal moves without Alberto Moreno When Manu Trigueros The duo continue to rehab from a serious ligament injury.

Emery made eight mid-week substitutions after winning Hajduk Split, so it’s likely he’ll bring back the same XI that won Valladolid in La Liga. Gerard Moreno, Alfonso Pedraza When Francis Cochrane Only three are always present.

Arnault Danjuma He has yet to feature this season due to muscle strain, and it seems unlikely that Emery will endanger his key forward this early in the season.

Candidates for Atletico Madrid’s starting XI:
Oblak; Savic, Witsel, Reynild. Molina, Llorente, Mosque, Lemar, Saul.Morata Griezmann

Candidates for Villarreal’s starting XI:
Ruri; Fois, Albior, Torres, Pedraza. Pinot, Capue, Parejo, Cochrane.Jackson Moreno

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Atlético Madrid 2-1 Villarreal.

Both matches ended in 2-2 draws last season, but hopefully Atlético will emerge victorious this time around.

The hosts should be fresher after Villarreal played midweek and expect this to pay off, especially in the second half of the game when Simeone has so many good attacking options to call from the bench. doing.

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