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- Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight La Liga games, winning six.
- Espanyol have failed to score in their first three matches this season.
Champions well-priced to edge out Espanyol
Atletico Madrid were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by Villarreal at Wanda Metropolitano before the international break, but the defending champions should return to winning ways when they take on newly promoted Espanyol at RCDE Stadium this Sunday afternoon.
This hasn’t been a kind venue to Atleti in the recent past with their last three visits yielding just a single point, however, it would be a big surprise if Diego Simeone’s men fail to land the spoils this time around.
They’ve won six and drawn two of their last eight league starts stretching back to last season, including three victories and a goalless draw at Barcelona from their last four outings on the road.
As we’ve become accustomed to with Simeone’s side, they got the job done by a single goal in each of those recent away successes and we envisage more of the same here against an Espanyol team that have conceded just one goal in their first three games since returning to the top flight.
That’s been good enough to earn Periquitos draws against Osasuna and Villarreal, though the Catalans clearly lack spark up front. They’re still searching for their first La Liga goal this term and we can’t see them causing too many problems for Atleti’s usually sturdy backline.
The champions are undoubtedly well-priced here at a shade of odds-on to edge out the 2020/21 Segunda winners, and we’re forecasting a 0-1 success for Simeone’s side on Matchday 4.
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- 20 Sep