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The La Liga game at RCDE Stadium on Sunday sees home side Espanyol fighting it out with Atlético Madrid.
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Espanyol will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 1-0 La Liga losing effort in their last game against Mallorca.
In that game, Espanyol managed 53% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target. RCD Mallorca got 12 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Dani Rodríguez (27') was the scorer for Mallorca.
Their most recent results highlight the fact that things are going according to plan in the Espanyol backline. Espanyol have been stingy, resulting in the total number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their last 6 outings standing at 4. We shall soon find out if that trend can be sustained into this next match.
Their prior results show that Espanyol:
- haven't beaten Atlético Madrid in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
- haven’t won at home in the past 3 league games.
In the game prior to this, Atlético Madrid drew 2-2 in the La Liga match with Villarreal.
In that match, Atlético Madrid managed 49% possession and 23 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Atlético Madrid was Luis Suárez (56'). For their opponents, Villarreal CF had 2 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Manu Trigueros (52'), Arnaut Danjuma (74') and Aïssa Mandi (95' Own goal) scored for Villarreal.
The stats don’t lie, and Atlético Madrid have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 6 goals in all. Defensively, Atlético Madrid certainly have room for improvement.
Analysis of their past results shows that Atlético Madrid:
- haven't won against Espanyol when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 22/12/2017 tells us that Espanyol have won 3 of these games and Atlético Madrid 2, with the tally of draws being 1.
A combined total of 13 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 8 of them from Periquitos and 5 netted by Atleti. The average goals per game has been 2.17.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was La Liga match day 26 on 01/03/2020 and the score finished Espanyol 1-1 Atlético Madrid.
That day, Espanyol managed 37% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 on target.
For their opponents, Atlético Madrid had 5 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Stefan Savić (24' Own goal) and Saúl Ñíguez (46') scored.
The match was refereed by Javier Alberola Rojas.
Team News: Espanyol
Regarding absentees, there’s just one fitness concern for the Espanyol boss Vicente Moreno to contend with thanks to an almost full-strength group of players. Yangel Herrera (Tibia Fracture) will miss out.
Team News: Atlético Madrid
Due to a completely healthy squad available to select from, the Atlético Madrid boss Diego Simeone has zero fitness concerns at all coming into this game.
Our feeling is that Espanyol will need to put in a solid display to hit the back of the net against this Atlético Madrid side who will likely be able to grind out a win.
We’re therefore tipping a highly competitive game with a 0-1 victory for Atlético Madrid after 90 minutes.
Let’s see how it plays out.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: RCDE Stadium (40,500)
Captain: David López
Chairman: Chen Yansheng
Manager: Vicente Moreno
Competitions: La Liga position 16