Sports Innovation previews the Champions League tie between Villarreal and Atalanta and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Villarreal and Atalanta lock horns at the Estadio de la Ceramica in a highly anticipated Group F clash in the Champions League.
After winning the Europa League last season, Villarreal now have eyes set on Europe’s biggest club title. Results haven’t exactly gone to plan for the Yellow Submarine this term, but the squad had an extra rest at the weekend and hope to make home advantage count.
Atalanta, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 home defeat to Fiorentina. The Dea have struggled to hit top gear this season, having won only once in three Serie A games. That sole victory, though, came away home.
Let’s have a look at the form of both sides and the stats from their previous encounters to come up with a reasonable betting prediction.
Stats and analysis in Champions League
Villarreal enter the encounter on a poor record from their last 10 Champions League outings from 2016. The Yellow Submarine hit the target 0.6 times on average per game, scoring 6 goals along the way. They conceded a total of 18 goals, an average of 1.8 per game, as they held on for 1 clean sheet.
While Atalanta have been sure to supply goals on both ends of the pitch. In their last 10 Champions League outings, the Dea have scored 16 times for an average of 1.6 goals per game. They kept 3 clean sheets, conceding an average 1.7 goals per game and a total of 17 goals.
Stats and facts for Villarreal and Atalanta.
Fun stats Villarreal
- Villarreal has lost the last 8 matches in a row;
- Villarreal has lost the last 4 matches in a row at home;
- Villarreal has lost in the last 10 of 11 matches;
- Villarreal has lost in the last 4 of 5 matches at home.
Fun stats Atalanta
- Atalanta has won in the last 5 of 6 matches when playing away;
- Atalanta scored in the last 14 of 16 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Atalanta’s last 4 of 6 matches;
- Atalanta scored the last 7 matches in a row when playing away.
Form Villarreal vs Atalanta
It has been up and down for Villarreal going into this match as league results offer little sense of progress. In their 3 final outings, Unai Emery’s side achieved a 0-0 draw with Granada and went on to a dull 0-0 draw at Espanyol. Their latest game produced a 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid.
Atalanta will enter the match hoping to finally end their disappointing run of form in the league. In their 3 final outings, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side achieved a 2-1 win against Torino and went on to a 0-0 draw with Bologna. Their latest game produced a 2-1 defeat against Fiorentina.
Villarreal v Atalanta – Fixture history
This is the first time that these two clubs will meet in the Champions League.
Villarreal are banking on Gerard Moreno to bring his A-game to the table as he has in recent games in which he claimed 2 goals in 6 outings. Duvan Zapata heads to the Champions League very keen to continue the momentum he has built up in his last 6 appearances for Atalanta. Scoring 2 goals in half a dozen matches is a decent output.