LaLiga – Atletico Madrid take on Espanyol

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Civitas Metropolitano sees Sunday action as Atleti take on Espanyol – 2:00pm GMT.

Espanyol, currently sitting in fifteenth place, face the formidable task of an away trip to Atleti, who currently sit third in the League.

Atletico Madrid have 23 points to their name, going into this tie

Atleti will be buoyant, following a 3-2 away win against Cádiz in their last fixture.

Also, Atleti keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last 12 meetings is astonishing this season, contributed significantly to their rise up the table. With 23 points (7W, 3L and 2D), they are established in third position in the League having won seven matches, drawn two games, and lost three fixtures.

Atleti have won two meetings, drawn one game, and lost two fixtures of their five League matches at home this season.

Victory for Atletico Madrid would take their points tally to 26 so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

Atleti will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (20). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Antoine Griezmann (5), Alvaro Morata (5), and Angel Correa (3). Atleti have conceded 12 goals.

Atleti’s squad has depth, but even so, Diego Simeone is likely to be missing six of they key players when they start Sunday’s game.

It’s 11 points so far for Espanyol this season, going into this meeting

Espanyol have dropped four points in their last two encounters – 1-1 at Mallorca and 2-2 at Elche.

Also, with four draws in six fixtures, Espanyol need to develop a strategy for getting over the line in games. Now they have 2 matches won, 5 games lost and 5 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in fifteenth place, with a total of 11 points having won two meetings, drawn five matches, and lost five fixtures.

With a poor record on the road, which amounts to one win, three draws, and two losses, it is hard to predict a positive outcome for Espanyol as they travel once more.

Espanyol will have 14 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Espanyol may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.

Atletico Madrid v Espanyol – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Atleti and Espanyol have faced each other 53 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Atleti’s favour (23 – 16). Further, Espanyol have repeatedly tasted defeat at the hands of Atleti in four out of the previous five meetings with them. The last time they played each other in this competition was April 2022, when Atletico Madrid walked away as 2-1 winners.

Other players of note for Atleti are Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa with five goals and three goals respectively and for Espanyol are Martin Braithwaite and Edu Exposito with three goals and two goals respectively.