Espanyol Barcelona travel to Vicente Calderon in an attempt to maintain the run of three matches without conceding a goal against an Atletico Madrid side that recently lost at Mestalla. Considering what’s at stake for the hosts, who are the current La Liga Champions, but are on the fifth place with five points behind FC Barcelona, it’s no wonder why the bookmakers favor Atletico to win.
Atletico Madrid got their international players back and during yesterday’s training all players completed the session with no sustained injuries, but with Cerci still serving suspension. The hosts have scored 12 goals in seven matches, eight of which have come after headers. Mandzukic and Miranda have each two headers, but for the goalscorer market you could also go for Griezmann, Jimenez and of course Diego Godin. The champions have looked out of place for several matches maybe due to the absence of Diego Simeone from the sidelines, but now are tipped to pick up form once again.
Espanyol come from a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad and Victor Sanchez stated that his team makes the trip to Vicente Calderon while being in their best moment of the season, and added: “We’re feeling good and our confidence is high. Hopefully they will be determining factors in us getting a result. It would certainly be confirmation that we’re heading in the right direction.” Espanyol started La Liga with two defeats in three matches, but later picked up form, and their only injury is Hector Moreno.
Despite stumbling in La Liga and Champions league, Atletico Madrid are the overall favorites to win with 1.33 odds, while Espanyol to produce an upset has 12.00 odds. Under 2.5 goals has 1.80 odds, Atletico Madrid for both halves has 1.85 odds as opposed to Espanyol’s 19.00. Both teams to score has 2.55 odds, Mandzukic to score anytime has 1.80 odds, Griezmann and Jimenez both have 1.90 odds; from Espanyol Garcia and Vazquez both with 4.50 odds to score anytime. We’re betting 8 units on second half with most goals at 2.10 with Titan Bet.
Atletico Madrid: Team’s Formation
Espanyol Barcelona: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Second half with the majority of goals