Espanyol vs Atletico: prediction for the La Liga fixture
We offer a prediction for La Liga match between Espanyol and Atletico on September 12. Will team from Barcelona be able to avoid defeat? The answer is in the article below.
After a relegation from La Liga Espanyol got the new manager, Vicente Moreno, who managed to win promotion back to La Liga in his first season in charge. In 42 rounds White-Blues recorded 24 victories and secured the first place in Segunda Division.
During the summer club signed Sergi Gomez from Sevilla for 1 million euros, Alvaro Vadillo from Celta for 1 million and Landry Dimata from Anderlecht for 2,2 million euros.
Season started with two goalless draws in matches against Osasuna and Villarreal. In the most recent match Budgerigars were defeated by Mallorca on an away game (0:1).
Herrera, Pedrosa and Gomez are unavailable for an upcoming match.
In the previous season Atletico put up a wonderful performance and won the La Liga title. At the finish of the tournament Madrid team managed to retain top spot, finishing two points ahead of their neighbours, Real. Capital team claimed the 11th Primera title in their history.
Diego Simeone managed to keep the squad and strengthened it with Rodrigo De Paul, who came from Udinese for 35 million euros. Team started the season with two victories over Celta (2:1) and Elche (1:0). In the most recent match Mattresses played a draw with Villarreal (2:2) at home.
In every third match of the season penalty was given
This bet won in 2 out of 4 most recent matches of the visitors
Hosts failed to record a victory in 3 out of 4 head-to-head matches
Espanyol's form is far from perfect now, but fans are expecting a success. Atletico are in a good form, almost all of their players are ready to defend the title. We think that visitors will record a victory due to a higher class of players and their motivation to rise to the top of the league.
Our prediction - Atletico to win
In our opinion, we shouldn't expect a number of goals in this match. Hosts will park the bus since the first minutes, Indians should be able to break through their opponent's defense, but after that they will probably start to play defensively as well.
Our second bet is on total under 2,5 goals