The Sunday afternoon action in La Liga sees basement side Espanyol play host to an in-form Atletico Madrid side, who are back up to third in the standings. The visitors will be favourites to win but this is another banana skin fixture for them.
Where and when: RCDE Stadium, Cornella de Llobregat – 1 March, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Espanyol vs. Atletico Madrid: Premier Sports, William Hill
Last time: Atletico ran out 3-1 victors in the clash in Madrid last November, but they have fallen to defeats in each of their last two trips to the RCDE Stadium – including a 3-0 humbling here last May.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Under 1.5 goals||11/8||Offer|
|Raul de Tomas anytime scorer||7/2||Offer|
Espanyol vs. Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
Espanyol have managed just four La Liga wins all season and even though two have arrived in their last six, they are still at the foot of the table.
An initial upturn in results under new boss Abelardo – their third coach of the season – appears to have dissipated with just seven points in their last five games.
Atletico Madrid have recovered form after a five-games winless run in all competitions by securing three victories in their last four.
Their Champions League triumph over Liverpool was notable but they recorded an impressive victory over Villarreal last time out and a decent draw at Valencia prior to that.
The visitors are favourites for this encounter at odds of 21/20 with an Espanyol victory priced at 16/5 and the draw available at 2110.
Atleti have 16 clean sheets this season but just 28 goals in 25 league games, so under 1.5 goals at 11/8 with bet Victor appears to be a solid bet with under 2.5 at 21/50.
A ‘double chance’ on Espanyol to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 3/4 while an Atleti win/draw outcome is at 1/5.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 11/5.
One to watch for Espanyol: Raul de Tomas has scored in each of his five games for the club since a €20m January switch from Benfica and is at 7/2 with 888 Sport to make it six from six here.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Angel Correa has scored three goals in his last six outings for Atleti and is their major goal threat. He is priced at 3/1 to score in this game.
Long shot: Atletico Madrid have already clocked up 16 clean sheets this season including two of their last four, while only Leganes (18) have scored fewer goals than Espanyol (22) this season. A scoreless draw here is priced at 5/1 with William Hill and appears to be notable value due to the struggles of each in attack.