The Submarine will be playing the season's most important match today. Avoiding relegation to Segunda is at stake during this final match, receiving the visit of Atlético de Madrid at El Madrigal (8 pm Spanish time GMT+1). The Red and Whites have recently won the Europa League title this past Wednesday, beating Athletic in the final. Lotina's men are only one point away from achieving the goal, for if the team manages to draw, there won't be any need to look at the scores of the other teams involved in the fight to stay in Primera. Despite this fact, the team is only focused on winning so the players and fans can enjoy the last minutes together. The stadium will be crowded with fans, there are no tickets left, on the same weekend the traditional Saint Paschal festivities in Vila-real take place.
For this match, Lotina won't be able to count on Rossi and Martinuccio, both injured, and De Guzmán who is suspended for yellow card accumulation. On the other hand, up to four players are back on the team. Senna and Cani are over their injuries and Marchena and César are no longer suspended.
6 victories for Villarreal CF - 2 draws - 1 victory for Atlético de Madrid.
21 goals scored by Villarreal CF and 13 by Atlético de Madrid.
Rossi (3), Palermo (2), Forlán (2) and Nihat (2) were the local top scorers while Fernando Torres (5) and Simao (2) for Atlético de Madrid.
Villarreal formed with 73 different players, receiving 29 yellow cards and 1 red card. Atlético formed with 86 players, 35 yellow cards and 4 red cards.
Estrada Fernández, referee of the match
Mr. Javier Estrada Fernández, born in Lleida 36 years ago, will be the referee of the match. He's currently on his third campaign in the BBVA league. He has been the referee at two Villarreal matches at home with one victory (1-0 against Deportivo) and one draw (1-1 against Valencia last season), while he has participated in five away matches with two victories, two draws and one defeat, against Granada (1-0) this season.
Atlético de Madrid hasn't won any away matches with this referee on the pitch, with four matches (2 D and 2 L).
In the present season he has participated in 21 matches, with 14 local victories, 5 draws and 2 visitor victories. He has shown 129 yellow cards and four red cards out of two consecutive yellow cards. In his career, he has taken part in 60 matches in the Spanish Primera with a total of 33 local victories, 16 draws and 11 visitor victories.
Statistics by Mr. Pepe Herrera Boira