Initial Observations and Head-to-Head
On the last day of the 2022-23 La Liga season, Atletico Madrid will go to Villarreal for a win that will propel them to second place in the league. Diego Simeone’s team is presently third, just one point below second-placed Real Madrid, while Villarreal is fifth and will finish there regardless of what happens on Sunday. Villarreal had placed fifth in Spain’s top division four times in the previous seven seasons, and another good season has secured them Europa League football for the 2023-24 season.
The Yellow Submarine has a record of 19 wins, six draws, and 12 defeats from 37 matches this season, earning them 63 points and placing them fifth in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Real Sociedad and four clear of sixth-placed Real Betis. Quique Setien’s team comes into this match after a 2-1 setback against Rayo Vallecano, which broke a six-game undefeated streak, five of which were victories. Villarreal’s home form has been crucial to their success this season, with 38 points from 18 home matches, but they will face an Atletico team with the third-best away record, with 34 points.
Atletico Madrid Team News
For Atletico, Reinildo is out with a long-term knee injury, while Thomas Lemar, Memphis Depay, Jan Oblak, and Marcos Llorente are all questionable. The visitors will also be missing midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, who received a yellow card in the previous match against Real Sociedad at home. Alvaro Morata and Stefan Savic are expected to be recalled for this encounter, while De Paul’s absence may allow Pablo Barrios to enter the lineup. Also Read:Barcelona beats 10-man Osasuna with the help of Jordi Alba’s goal.
Villareal Team News
Due to a long-term knee injury, Villarreal will be without Francis Coquelin, while Raul Albiol and Jose Luis Morales are enormous concerns for the hosts. Head coach Setien will also be unable to call in Alfonso Pedraza, who is banned after receiving a milestone yellow card in the last match against Rayo. Alberto Moreno should start at left-back, while Etienne Capoue and Gerard Moreno may be called up for Villarreal’s last game of the season.
Predicted Lineup and Score
Villarreal’s possible starting lineup: Reina; Foyth, Mandi, P Torres, A Moreno; Parejo, Capoue; Chukwueze, Baena, Pino; G Moreno
Atletico Madrid’s possible starting lineup: Grbic; Molina, Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso, Carrasco; Saul, Barrios, Koke, Griezmann; Morata
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