LaLiga | Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Marcos Senna on his first steps in Brazil and his move to Villarreal

In an exclusive interview with OneFootball, Marcos Senna remembers his time playing for Corinthians and São Caetano and highlights the competitive nature of the Brazilian championship. The former midfielder also speaks about his move to Spanish side Villarreal.

Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal: Line-ups

Atletico Madrid


Atletico to Maintain Winning Streak


Diego Simeone’s men have already seen off Celta Vigo and Elche to move to the top end of the La Liga table, while their visitors have had a relatively slow start and will look for their first league win of the season on Sunday.


With 58 points from their opening 23 games of last season, coinciding with difficult campaigns for Barcelona and Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid looked set to cruise to the La Liga title, but a slight dip in form saw the battle for top spot heat up.


With giants Barcelona and Real Madrid continuing to struggle, Los Colchoneros will come into the new campaign with their sights set on retaining the title, and they got off to a winning start as an Angel Correa brace secured a narrow 2-1 victory in a tough away clash with Celta Vigo.


Villarreal had an impressive campaign on the whole last time around, as they triumphed in the Europa League with a penalty shootout victory over Manchester United after defeating Red Bull Salzburg, Dynamo Kiev, Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal in two-legged affairs on their way to the final.


Emery’s men then travelled to take on newly-promoted Espanyol, and a similar game produced an identical outcome, as the Yellow Submarine again took a point after failing to break the deadlock. Following two fairly disappointing results, Villarreal will look to cause something of an upset on Sunday to put their first league win of the season on the board.

DPP Verdict

While Villarreal are yet to be broken down this season, we think Atletico Madrid have enough to get a crucial goal to seal their third straight win. Emery’s men will struggle to threaten Simeone’s strong back line, and Los Colchoneros should have enough chances to work their way through the Yellow Submarine lines, with one goal likely making the difference.