Villarreal have a 6-4-3 home record against Atletico Madrid; however, the last win was in 2010, when Cani and Giuseppe Rossi powered the Submarine to a 2-0 win. I remember it as being a fairly comfortable match, but Atleti coach at the time Quique Sanchez Flores was convinced they should have had two or three penalties!
Recent matches between these two in El Madrigal have been full of incident. Of course, the one we remember most was in May 2012, when an ultra-defensive Villarreal held out for 88 minutes before a Falcao header gave Atleti the lead, and last-ditch attempt by Marco Ruben to level things went juuuusst wide--and we were relegated.
When we met again in the Primera in El Madrigal, in November 2013, a late Uche goal gave us a 1-1 draw. This was one of Gabriel's first appearances for Villarreal, and he and Diego Costa had some interesting run-ins, a preview of life in the EPL I guess.
Last season, a double whammy. Not only did Fernando Torres score the only goal of the match to give Atleti the three points, we lost our keeper Sergio ASenjo to injury in a goalmouth scramble with five minutes left in the match. (His recovery seems to be going well, according to his blog today in Marca).
Of the six Villarreal home wins, the largest was a 3-0 victory in 2008 (Santi Cazorla and Nihat wiht a brace), the only other win by more than one goal was the 2010 one referenced above.
The three Atleti victories have all been by 1-0 scores, and the four draws include a remarkable 4-4 match in 2008: Atleti scored two quick goals, Ever Banega was sent off and Villarreal scored four goals in twenty minutes of the second half, before allowing ten-man Atleti to score twice in the final seven minutes.
This match is always interesting too because of the number of players that have moved from one side to the other--Diego Forlan and Diego Godin being two of the better-known, but don't forget we've taken Oliver Torres, Leo Baptistao and Sergio Asenjo on loan the last few years (Asenjo converted in to a purchase, as Baptistao might be), and of course Atleti snapped up Luciano Vietto from us this summer.
Should be an interesting match. Endavant Villarreal!!!