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Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid

Competition – Spanish Primera Liga

Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica

Date: 1st April 2024

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

La Liga continues on Monday with Atlético Madrid travelling to the Estadio de la Ceramica to face Villarreal.

The Yellow Submarines will look to continue where they stopped just before the international break when they face Diego Simeone’s side. The hosts were on a nine-game La Liga unbeaten run before the break (W5, D4), with their last four games ending in a win.

That unbeaten run accounts for half their points this campaign; as a result, Marcelino’s men start this round eight points behind the top six, a gap which is still bridgeable, especially as Villarreal are no longer distracted by European football having exited the UEFA Europa League.

Home form could be crucial for that late charge and the Yellow Submarine have a solid foundation on this ground. They are on a seven-game streak without defeat at the Estadio de la Cerámica (W4, D3), including three successive wins. And if recent H2Hs are anything to go by, the arrival of Atlético Madrid is unlikely to threaten that sequence as the hosts have lost just one of their last eight home meetings (W3, D4).

Meanwhile, Atlético Madrid will be desperate to return to winning ways after losing 3-0 to Barcelona in their last game before the international break. That loss was their eighth in the league this season—the highest figure among the top seven sides after 29 matches. Consequently, they are out of the top four and could see the gap widen if they don’t halt a two-game losing run in La Liga.

They must juggle preparing for the upcoming UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund and getting back on track domestically. However, in the interim, manager Diego Simeone will be desperate to improve his side’s away form as they have failed to win on their last six road trips (D2, L4). All four defeats saw them fail to score, but the visitors can look at their record of six straight league victories on a Monday for inspiration.

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera Liga:

April 19, 2024
Athletic Bilbao 20:00 Granada
April 20, 2024
Celta Vigo 13:00 Las Palmas
Rayo Vallecano 15:15 Osasuna
Valencia 17:30 Real Betis
Girona 20:00 Cadiz
April 21, 2024
Getafe 13:00 Real Sociedad
Almeria 15:15 Villarreal
Alaves 17:30 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 20:00 Barcelona
April 22, 2024
Sevilla 20:00 Mallorca
April 26, 2024
Real Sociedad 20:00 Real Madrid
April 27, 2024
Las Palmas 13:00 Girona
Almeria 15:15 Getafe
Alaves 17:30 Celta Vigo
Atlético de Madrid 20:00 Athletic Bilbao
April 28, 2024
Cadiz 13:00 Mallorca
Granada 15:15 Osasuna
Villarreal 17:30 Rayo Vallecano
Real Betis 20:00 Sevilla
April 29, 2024
Barcelona 20:00 Valencia

Spanish Primera Liga Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Real Madrid 31 24 6 1 67 20 +47 78
2 Barcelona 31 21 7 3 62 34 +28 70
3 Girona 31 20 5 6 63 39 +24 65
4 Atlético de Madrid 31 19 4 8 59 36 +23 61
5 Athletic Bilbao 31 16 9 6 51 29 +22 57
6 Real Sociedad 31 13 11 7 45 33 +12 50
7 Valencia 31 13 8 10 34 32 +2 47
8 Real Betis 31 11 12 8 38 37 +1 45
9 Villarreal 31 10 9 12 49 54 -5 39
10 Getafe 31 9 12 10 37 43 -6 39
11 Osasuna 31 11 6 14 36 44 -8 39
12 Las Palmas 31 10 7 14 29 35 -6 37
13 Sevilla 31 8 10 13 39 44 -5 34
14 Alaves 31 8 8 15 26 38 -12 32
15 Mallorca 31 6 13 12 25 36 -11 31
16 Rayo Vallecano 31 6 13 12 25 38 -13 31
17 Celta Vigo 31 6 10 15 33 46 -13 28
18 Cadiz 31 4 13 14 21 41 -20 25
19 Granada 31 3 8 20 32 60 -28 17
20 Almeria 31 1 11 19 30 62 -32 14

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