⚽ Espanyol – Atletico Madrid Prediction
Espanyol – Atletico Madrid Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips. March 1, 16:00. SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 26.
Espanyol – Atletico Madrid Preview
Espanyol’s bid for safety has seen them pick up four points from the last nine available (W1, D1, L1), and score in seven consecutive La Liga (LL) games. Yet whilst the odds are against them here, they have won three of the previous five H2Hs (L2), but have also failed to win any of the six LL games this season in which they started as a home outsider (D2, L4).
The rock-bottom hosts are on a four-game unbeaten LL home streak though (W1, D3), and last failed to score in a home league game back in October. They’ve shown fighting spirit too, having come back to draw the last three LL home fixtures in which they conceded first.
Atlético Madrid may possess the division’s second best defence ahead of the round (0.72 goals conceded per fixture), but their attack has let them down netting an average of just 1.12 goals per LL game. Unsurprisingly then, Atlético’s top-flight fixtures have seen a joint league-low average of 1.84 goals ahead of this round.
On the road, the visitors have won just three games this LL campaign (W3, D6, L3). They have, however, lost just two of the ten LL road trips that they started as an away favourite this season (W3, D5, L2), but any goal from the visitors may come after the break – seven of Atlético’s ten LL away strikes have been scored after half-time.
Players to watch: Espanyol are unbeaten in every game that Wu Lei has found the net since his arrival (W5, D4 – in all competitions). Meanwhile, Álvaro Morata scored the winner in Atlético’s last LL away victory – his last nine competitive club goals arrived after half-time.
Stat attack: Espanyol’s last six LL home games featured at least four yellow cards.
Seven of Atlético’s last eight LL away victories came ‘to nil’.
Only two of the last 15 H2Hs witnessed both teams score.
SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 26
Espanyol – Atletico Madrid
Kick-off: March 1, 16:00
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals