Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid
Date: Sunday, 1 March 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Barcelona).
With just one win at home, throughout their present La Liga campaign, Espanyol are likely to have their back against the wall when they lock horns with the in-form Atletico Madrid this Sunday.
Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid Head to head (h2h)
- Their previous meeting witnessed Atletico Madrid pick up an easy 3-1 win.
- Two of their past three clashes have featured over 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in just two of their last five fixtures.
- Only one of their previous eight games have ended as a tie.
- Atletico Madrid have registered the win in half of their past ten encounters. (W-5, D-2, L-3)
Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview
Espanyol admitted their fourteenth defeat of the season last week when Real Valladolid got the better of them with a 2-1 scorecard on the road. The hosts have been erratic, to say the least, in their clashes so far, and have come out on top just once since the start of the new year.
Miserably, the home team are still stuck to the bottom of the ladder with just nineteen points to their name.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid have been showing conviction in their respective matchups, as of late. Their most recent clash, in particular, saw the visitors make light work of Villarreal at home with a 3-1 scoreline. It is also worth mentioning that the guests are unbeaten in their past four games across various competitions.
With forty-three points in the bag, Diego Simeone’s men are currently third on the ladder, ten points adrift of second-placed Barcelona. However, with Sevilla and Getafe hot on their heels, the visitors will have to settle for nothing less than they win if they are to stay afloat in the top five.
Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Espanyol pulled off a 1-0 win over fellow struggling side Mallorca, in their last clash here, subsequently bringing an end to a dismal eleven match winless run at home. The hosts have been struggling to deliver in their own backyard, and have admitted defeat seven times so far, which is also the joint-most by any side in the cluster.
In sharp contrast, Atletico Madrid have salvaged a point at the least in nine of their last twelve outings. It is also worth mentioning that the guests have secured the bragging rights in half of their past four visits here.
Considering the evident difference in form of the two teams as well, it goes without saying that Atletico Madrid are the front runners to taste success this week.
Be that as it may, Espanyol have managed to hold three of their last four opponents at home to a draw. Taking into account that the visitors also shared the spoils in their most recent outing, back a draw no bet, just to be on the safer side.
Furthermore, the hosts have had their scoring boots on in their clashes here lately. In fact, they have found the back of the net eight times from their last four games alone.
Meanwhile, ten of the twenty-eight goals for Atletico Madrid so far have come from their trips on the road. Given that the reverse fixture of this clash also witnessed over 1.5 goals on the charts, it is certainly well within reason to expect two goals or more between them in this one as well.
Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid Betting tips
Draw no bet: Atletico Madrid @ 1.40 (2/5)
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.60 (3/5).