Villarreal have won just one of their last five La Liga matches, as Fran Escriba’s men go through a little bit of a rough patch of form.
Their confidence should be boosted by progressing to the next stage of the Europa League, however, as a delightful chip on Thursday from Manu Trigueros sealed the Yellow Submarine’s qualification from the group stage.
Atletico have lost two of their last three away trips in La Liga and whimpered their way to a disappointing 1-0 defeat in Bavaria during the week against Bayern.
Villarreal – Samu Castillejo is sidelined with a hamstring problem, which will see Jonathan Dos Santos and Denis Cheryshev battle it out to start on the right-hand side. Naijabet.com
Mateo Musacchio also tweaked his hamstring on Thursday in the EuropaLeague and may not be risked as a result.
Alvaro Gonzalez should come into the back four as a result, with Cedric Bakambu and Alexandre Pato vying for a starting spot up top alongside Nicola Sansone.
Atletico Madrid – Filipe Luis is sidelined due to injury, which should see young Frenchman Lucas get a start again after impressing against Bayern Munich.
Jose Gimenez is expected to be preferred to Stefan Savic at centre-back, with Juanfran coming back in at right-back.
Yannick Carrasco and Tiago should feature in midfield, with Kevin Gameiro partnering Antoine Griezmann up top once again.
Villarreal have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 7 matches against Atletico in all competitions.
Villarreal have failed to score in their last 3 matches in La Liga.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Villarreal’s last 4 La Liga games.