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Espanyol vs. Atletico Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
27 February 2020
Sunday 1 March
RCDE Stadium – La Liga
Atletico Madrid have seemingly regained their form, and will be a real challenge for Espanyol on Sunday, who sit bottom of La Liga. Can Los Rojiblancos claim a victory to keep them on the coattails of Barcelona and Real Madrid, who meet in El Clasico this weekend?
Atletico played out a convincing victory when the team met at the Wanda Metropolitano earlier this season, despite conceding the first goal to Sergi Darder. Angel Correa got the hosts back on level terms, before Alvaro Morata and Koke helped Diego Simeone’s side to the win.
Joao Felix made a strong impression from the bench last weekend, and is likely to be deemed fit to start on Sunday. Likewise Keiran Trippier continued his slow recovery from injury with half an hour’s football in his legs, although Diego Costa was not even in the squad. Both players are expected to make the bench against Espanyol.
David Lopez is suspended for Sunday’s game, meaning Ander Iturraspe is likely to start in central midfield. Raul de Tomas is also a doubt, and having played on Thursday in the Europa League, Abelardo Fernndez will have to decide if his starting back-line has the fitness to keep Atletico Madrid at bay.
Espanyol vs. Atletico Madrid Preview and Predictions
This season has not gone as planned for Espanyol, with participation in the Europa League not proving to be the blessing that it seemed. Abelardo Fernandez’s side sit in last place in La Liga, five points from safety, and things are only likely to get worse as they host Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Simeone’s men built on their impressive win over Liverpool in the Champions League by comprehensively dispatching top-four rivals Villarreal at the Metropolitano. Things appear to be on the up for Atletico, who will soon be able to welcome back Joao Felix, Diego Costa and Kieran Trippier to their starting line-up.
This does not bode well for Espanyol, who would have been hoping that the visitors had never recovered from a five-game spell in January in which Atletico Madrid scored just once. Instead, Los Rojiblancos have won three out of their last four, scoring seven goals in the process.
This forms a marked contrast to Espanyol, who so far this season have not managed to average one goal per game in La Liga - and whose top scorer, Raul de Tomas, was signed only in January. In fairness to the Spanish striker, De Thomas has scored in every single game since joining Los Periquitos and is 7.50 to score against Atletico.
Joao Felix to score anytime at 4.35
The Atletico wonderkid is playing as well as he did before his injury, and will be a focal point of creativity on Sunday.
Both teams to score at 2.25
Atletico have struggled to balance attacking and defending this season, and may be occasionally left open on the counter against Espanyol.