Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Atetico Madrid host Espanyol in their last action in 2018 on Saturday afternoon at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Los Colchoneros did not shine so far in the season, but they are still in the contest for the very top of the standings as leaders Barcelona are just three points away after 16 rounds of the competition.
Diego Simeone’s men found the way to steal the victory at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla last weekend when they dropped a two-goal cushion before bagging the late winner through Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman was the key figure of the game with two goals as he took his league tally to six. Atleti thus managed to pick up back-to-back league wins netting three goals past Alaves and Valladolid apiece. Such form can encourage Simeone, especially if we know that he is without first-choice striker Diego Costa.
Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol: Head-to-head
- Espanyol were a tricky opposition to Atletico Madrid in recent years.
- The Budgerigars earned a domestic double over Los Colchoneros winning both of their ties in the previous term of Primera Division (1-0 and 2-0).
- Interestingly, only one of past 12 head to head outings saw goals at both ends.
- Atletico do have a positive head to head record in home matches against Espanyol (12 wins, 5 draws, 6 defeats).
Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol: Prediction
Espanyol began the season in a very promising fashion, but their form has seen a massive slide of late. They are actually the most out-of-form side in the league at the moment. The visitors head into this on the back of five subsequent defeats in La Liga.
Rubi’s troops were uncommonly easy to break down in the process, allowing at least three goals in each of last four league affairs. The most recent of failures came last Sunday when Espanyol fell 1-2 at home to Real Betis.
We see this clash as a fantastic opportunity for Atletico Madrid to shine and finish the year in style. The home win is a genuine banker at the odds of 1.40.
Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol: Bet Tips
Atletico Madrid to win @ 1.40 (2/5)
Atletico Madrid -1.5 handicap @ 2.30 (13/10).