Villarreal Vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tip: Over 2.5 Goals – 9 January 2022

In-form Yellow Subs out to sink La Liga champs?

Antoine Griezmann / Atletico de Madrid ©IMAGO / Pressinphoto 06.01.2022

Spain Villarreal Vs Atletico Madrid Spain

Sunday, 9 January 2022 – 20:00 (GMT)
Spanish La Liga
Pick: Over 2.5 Goals
Odds: 6/5
Bookmaker: WilliamHill
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 7 January 2022)

Preview: Quite possibly the standout fixture from Spain this weekend, as a Villarreal side with 15 goals scored in their four prior league games combined welcome Atletico Madrid, who are coming off three consecutive away defeats, to Estadio de la Ceramica.

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Villarreal – Emery has Yellow Submarine back on course?

Until recently it seemed the Yellow Submarine was destined for a campaign of massive underachievement under Unai Emery. Coming into December the team had amassed three wins from fifteen league outings, hadn’t won successive matches all term and were languishing in mid-table. Four victories on the bounce later and they are purring, up into eighth where they are within four points of the Champions League spots.

Villarreal are the division’s in-form side right now, albeit that doesn’t require much when Celta Vigo (two straight wins) are next best. Even so, this has been an inspired period for Emery’s charges who have plundered 15 goals across this four-match winning spell. Ten have come from their latest two outings alone. Both were here at Estadio de la Ceramica where they can boast the fourth-best home record in La Liga (W6 D2 L2).

Key Stat: Although the hosts are enjoying an excellent period, this remains a daunting fixture for their coach in particular. Villarreal boss Unai Emery has won only three of 26 meetings with Atletico Madrid (W12 L11).


Villarreal WIN & BOTH TO SCORE



Atletico Madrid – La Liga champs simply too unreliable on the road?

We have known for a long time now that Atletico’s defence of the title they worked so hard to win last season, when pipping Real Madrid to Spain’s top prize by two points, is well and truly over. But the campaign would only go down as being a disaster were they to miss out on the top four, a position they didn’t end the year in but do now after opening their accounts in 2022 with three points at home to Rayo Vallecano.

That win brought an end to a wretched sequence of four successive losses for the Spanish champs. Three were away from home, which is where Atleti have toiled all season long. Diego Simeone’s men have one win from their past seven away matches (D2 L4) and have conceded on at least two occasions in five of the last six. Moreover, we also await this team’s first away clean sheet of 2021-22.

Key Stat: Atletico Madrid have conceded at least one goal in the first and second half of four of their previous six La Liga contests away from home.

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Villarreal Vs Atletico Madrid Betting Advice

Both these teams begun the New Year on the front foot. Villarreal dismantled struggling Levante to make it four successive La Liga victories, scoring 15 while giving up only three goals. All but one was earned on home soil, where only two of ten visitors this term – Barcelona and Osasuna – emerged with maximum points. It is form which should stand them in good stead ahead of welcoming the faltering champions.


Villarreal Vs Atletico Madrid – Key Facts:

  • Four La Liga wins on the spin, scoring 15 times in the process, has seen Villarreal close to within four points of fourth-placed Atletico Madrid ahead of Sunday’s clash.
  • The sides couldn’t be coming into this contest in more contrasting form though. Whereas Villarreal are targeting their fourth successive home league win, Atletico Madrid are seeking to avoid a fourth straight away league defeat.
  • There have been three or more goals in four of Villarreal’s past six home La Liga games and five of Atletico Madrid’s last six away from home.


Atletico Madrid rung out 2021 by losing four successive league games, three of those away from home where they are without a single clean sheet thus far. In fact, they boast a meagre 40% win rate on their travels this term, which makes them extremely vulnerable this weekend. Considering Villarreal’s scoring form, Atletico’s dismal away defensive record, and the fact both teams need to win this, Over 2.5 Goals looks big.

Best Betting Odds – Villarreal Vs Atletico Madrid

Villarreal – 9/5 (Betfair)
Draw – 11/5 (PaddyPower)
Atletico Madrid – 13/8 (Coral)