Atletico Madrid will be looking to get back on track in La Liga on Sunday, as they were beaten in their last game. Espanyol will be tricky opponents, as they have lost just once in their previous five games in the Spanish top-flight.
La Liga Preview
Atletico Madrid’s hold on the La Liga title has already gone, but a Champions League finish will be the minimum objective for Diego Simone and his side over the final weeks of the season. With just seven games left to play, Atletico have a narrow advantage in the race to finish fourth, as they sit just a point clear of Real Betis.
Atletico had bee in strong form before last weekend, as they had won their previous four games. However, they weren’t able to win a fifth straight game in La Liga as they were beaten by Mallorca away from home. Atletico dominated the possession throughout that fixture, but very rarely looked to have the temperament in the final third to make a breakthrough. They will need a return to winning ways this weekend if they are to keep up the pressure on the sides below them.
Espanyol look to be safe in La Liga for another season, as they are comfortably sitting in the middle of the standings at this stage. They have won ten of the 31 games that they have played this season, but there would be slight concern that they have allowed as many goals as they have.
Their recent form has been much better in Spain, as they have won three of their last five, and have been beaten on just one occasion during that run. They bounced back from a recent defeat against Real Sociedad in their previous fixture, as We Lei scored a late winner against Celta Vigo.
Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol Head to Head
Atletico picked up a 2-1 victory against Espanyol earlier in the season, which highlighted a return to winning ways in this fixture after a 1-1 draw was played out last season. Espanyol have won just once in the previous five fixtures between the sides, with that victory coming in May 2019.
Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol Prediction
Espanyol have certainly been in better form at both ends of the field over recent weeks, but Atletico present a completely different test. I expect the hosts to get the win that they need to keep the pressure on the sides around them.
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