28 August 2021, 13:29
Spanish La Liga fixture, Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal CF kicks off at 21:00 (GMT+1) on Sunday, August 29 at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
Preview Atlético Madrid La Liga, Aug 29, 2021
Preview Champions, Atletico Madrid return behind the narrow 1-0 win over Elche on the second day of the season. Angel Correa (39') scored the only goal of the game. ATM began the game on the front foot with Saul Niguez firing above the crossbar. Minutes later, Angel Correa struck after an error in judgement from Elche's goalkeeper left him in front of an empty net. Atletico Madrid would have grabbed another goal after the break but Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco failed to convert. Elche's goalkeeper was called upon once more to keep the deficit at one, - denying ATM yet another clear-cut chance. Atletico Madrid are in 4th place with 6 points after two games: 2W, 0D & 0L. Following back-to-back victories, Diego Simeone will be in the hunt for another win to cement ATM's position on the table ahead of the international break. An unconventional 3--1--4--2 formation with Angel Correa and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco leading the lines could be on the cards for Diego Simeone. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez is expected to make another off-the-bench appearance before the game against Villarreal comes to an end. Centre-back, Felipe and forward, João Félix are both ruled out of this fixture against the Yellow Submarine on Match Day 3.
Preview Villarreal La Liga, Aug 29, 2021
Preview Yet to record a win this season, Villarreal were left with another disappointing goalless draw against RCD Espanyol de Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium. Villarreal had more of the ball than the opposition, 60% and took 12 shots in that game, - with two of them on target. The opposition were on the front foot right after kick-off. Espanyol's free-kick flew just over the crossbar before Raul de Tomas failed to convert a clear-cut one-on-one chance against Rulli in goal. After a few opportunities at both ends, Raul de Tomas had another chance but failed to convert yet again. Unai Emery and the Yellow Submarine will aim to sink Atletico Madrid when they meet on Sunday. After an impressive performance on Match Day 1, Boulaye Dia is expected to command a starting role once again on Sunday. A conventional 4—4—2 formation with the attacking duo of Dia and Gerard Moreno could be on the deck for Unai. Nigerian forward, Samuel Chukwueze remains doubtful for this fixture due to a hamstring injury. Except for the Nigerian, Unai would have the luxury of choosing from a fully fit squad. Villarreal are in 14th place with 2 points after two games: 0W, 2D & 0L.