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Match Preview: Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid

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Villarreal and Atletico Madrid square off in La Liga’s 16th round opener on Friday evening.

Villarreal

Villarreal will host Atletico Madrid to Estadio de la Ceramica (also known as El Madrigal) looking to put an end to their five-game winless streak in top-flight Spanish football.

The Yellow Submarine have collected only one point from their last five La Liga outings, making it a total of 18 from the opening 15 rounds of the 2019-20 campaign.

A huge miss for Villarreal will be Santi Cazorla, who has a sprained ankle, while former Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno and Uruguayan midfielder Ramiro Guerra are also expected to watch the game from the sidelines.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid suffered their second defeated of the season, losing 1-0 at home to Barcelona last time out.

Diego Simeone’s side is sitting in sixth on the league standings with 25 points on their account, six less than La Liga leaders Barca and Real Madrid.

They will travel to Villarreal without long-term absentees Diego Costa and Sime Vrsaljko, and suspended Angel Correa, who collected his fifth yellow card in the 1-0 defeat to the Catalans.

Keep your eyes on

Joao Felix had a quiet return to Atleti’s starting XI, failing to make an impact in the 66 minutes he spent on the field against Barcelona over the last weekend.

The Portuguese starlet should be now fully fit and ready to play, as the Colchoneros desperately need a little bit of magic in their attacking line.

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