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Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Spain La Liga | Wanda Metropolitano | 22nd December
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Atletico Madrid
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W
KO 15:15
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Espanyol
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D

Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol predictions for this Saturday’s clash in La Liga as both sides play their final match of 2018. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Atletico Madrid Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 3/4

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Atletico Madrid 3-0 @ 17/2

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Atletico Madrid -1.00 Asian Handicap @ 1.740

Reason For Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol Betting Tips

The second game this Saturday in La Liga comes from the Wanda Metropolitano where Atletico Madrid play host to Espanyol. The visitors are in desperate form all of a sudden after an excellent start to the season. They are huge underdogs here but can take some comfort from having bizarrely done the double over Atletico Madrid last term.

Indeed they remain the only visiting team to have won a league match at the Wanda but it is worth noting that there was very little riding on that game. Atleti were more interested in keeping fresh for their Europa League exploits and it’s very hard to see a repeat here. Diego Simeone’s side haven’t totally convinced this season but despite that they remain only 3 points off the top, a decent position to be in heading into 2019.

It has already been a season of two halves for Espanyol meanwhile. They were riding high in the top four for the opening few months but Rubi’s revolution has come to a shuddering halt of late. They come into this game having lost 5 straight league matches having only lost 2 of their opening 11. The latest setback was a 3-1 home defeat to Betis last weekend and they’ve completely lost their way in their defensive third.

It has been a radical regression for a side that looked very solid at the back earlier in the campaign but they’ve now conceded 3 or more goals in each of their last 4 league games and an injury to centre-back Mario Hermoso won’t help matters. At the other end, they’ve been very dependent on Borja Iglesias for goals but did at least find an alternative source for a goal last time out, with Sergio Garcia on the scoresheet against Betis.

On current form, it’s hard to seriously give them any chance here. Atletico have been very solid at home again, averaging 2.5 points per game at the Wanda Metropolitano this term, more than any other team. They’ve also looked better in the final third of late, ironically since Diego Costa has been sidelined. Atletico have netted 3 goals in each of their last 2 league outings and Antoine Griezmann has shown signs of a return to form.

He has scored 5 in his last 4 appearances in all competitions and is ending what has been a wonderful year for him personally on a high. Given that and the way Espanyol have been defending of late, backing Atletico Madrid to score over 1.5 Team Goals looks good here while going for Griezmann to score anytime could also be worth a punt.

Backing Atletico Madrid -1.0 Asian Handicap could also be worth considering. It’s very hard to see the team with La Liga’s best home record slipping up against a terribly out of sorts Espanyol, who are trying to avoid a 6th straight loss.

Read our Asian Handicap Guide for more on this market.

Head to Head

Espanyol surprisingly did the double over Atletico in La Liga last season. They’d not scored on any of their previous 5 league visits to play Diego Simeone’s side though, losing 4.

Predicted Lineups

Line ups are predicted by our Team News Analysts
Atletico Madrid
4-4-2
Espanyol
4-3-3
Predicted Starting XI's
Atletico Madrid
Espanyol
Oblak
Diego Lopez
Juanfran
Victor Sanchez
Savic
David Lopez
Godin
Oscar Duarte
Saul
Didac Vila
Correa
Granero
Partey
Marc Roca
Rodri Hernandez
Sergi Darder
Koke
Leo Baptistao
Kalinic
Borja Iglesias
Griezmann
Sergio Garcia
Subs
Atletico Madrid
Espanyol
Adan
Adria Pedrosa
Arias
Hernan Perez
Borja Garces
Naldo
Francisco Montero
Oscar Melendo
Gelson Martins
Piatti
Toni Moya
Roberto Jimenez
Vitolo
Rosales
Doubtful
Atletico Madrid
Espanyol
Lemar (Injured)
Javi Lopez (Injured)
Unavailable
Atletico Madrid
Espanyol
Diego Costa (Injured)
Mario Hermoso (Injured)
Filipe Luis (Injured)
Gimenez (Injured)
Lucas Hernandez (Injured)
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Published: December 21, 2018

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Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol Stats

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  • Atletico de Madrid have only lost one of their 27 La Liga games at Wanda Metropolitano (W18 D8), but this was against Espanyol in May 2018 (0-2).
  • Atletico de Madrid have picked up 47 points at Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga in 2018 (W14 D5 L1), more than any other side at home in the competition.
  • Espanyol have lost each of their last five LaLiga games; the last time they lost six league games in a row was in October 2003 (six).
  • No LaLiga team has scored the first goal of their games more than both Atletico de Madrid and Espanyol (11 each), however, Espanyol have lost more points than any other team after scoring the first goal in the division (13).
  • No other side has conceded fewer goals in the first half of games than Atletico de Madrid in Europe’s big five leagues this season (two, level with Liverpool and Inter).
  • Atletico’s Nikola Kalinic has scored in consecutive league games for the first time since March 2017 for Fiorentina in Serie A.
  • Espanyol’s Leo Baptistao has scored four league goals versus Atlético de Madrid; against no other team has he netted more (level with Levante).
  • Espanyol manager Rubi has won one of his three La Liga games against Atletico coach Diego Simeone (L2), a 2-1 win with Levante in May 2016.
Free Bets & Offers
BookieHome WinDrawAway WinOffer
2/5 3/1 9/1
4/11 7/2 19/2
2/5 3/1 17/2
2/5 17/5 8/1
2/5 3/1 17/2
1/3 10/3 17/2
BookieYesNoOffer
13/8 4/9
17/10 4/9
13/8 1/2
29/20 8/15
13/8 1/2
7/4 2/5
BookieHome & YesAway & YesOffer
7/2 22/1
7/2 19/1
7/2 22/1
10/3 21/1
7/2 22/1
7/2 19/1
BookieUnder 0.5Over 0.5Under 1.5Over 1.5Under 2.5Over 2.5Under 3.5Over 3.5Under 4.5Over 4.5Under 5.5Over 5.5Under 6.5Over 6.5Under 7.5Over 7.5Under 8.5Over 8.5Under 9.5Over 9.5Offer
13/2 1/10 2/1 2/5 4/6 6/5 2/9 10/3 1/14 8/1 1/50 18/1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7/1 1/20 15/8 4/11 4/7 5/4 1/6 7/2 1/33 8/1 1/500 16/1 1/1000 50/1 1/1000 100/1 1/1000 100/1 1/1000 100/1
7/1 1/12 15/8 2/5 8/13 5/4 2/9 13/4 1/14 17/2 1/50 22/1 1/250 66/1 1/1000 150/1 1/1000 N/A N/A N/A
7/1 1/16 2/1 4/11 4/6 5/4 1/5 16/5 1/16 7/1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7/1 1/12 15/8 2/5 8/13 5/4 2/9 13/4 1/14 17/2 1/50 22/1 1/250 66/1 1/1000 150/1 1/1000 N/A N/A N/A
7/1 1/20 15/8 4/11 4/7 5/4 1/6 7/2 1/33 8/1 1/500 16/1 1/1000 50/1 1/1000 100/1 1/1000 100/1 1/1000 100/1
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15/4 4/1 17/2 7/1 14/1 40/1 16/1 28/1 66/1 300/1 40/1 50/1 150/1 80/1 125/1 450/1 250/1 450/1 13/2 7/1 28/1 125/1 16/1 40/1 28/1 150/1 100/1 100/1 400/1 450/1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/AN/A
7/2 4/1 8/1 15/2 13/1 40/1 14/1 25/1 80/1 200/1 50/1 80/1 200/1 125/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 15/2 15/2 25/1 175/1 16/1 50/1 25/1 200/1 100/1 150/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1N/A
4/1 9/2 17/2 8/1 14/1 45/1 18/1 33/1 90/1 N/A 45/1 80/1 200/1 125/1 150/1 N/A 200/1 N/A 7/1 15/2 28/1 150/1 16/1 60/1 28/1 200/1 125/1 125/1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/AN/A
4/1 19/4 17/2 17/2 14/1 40/1 19/1 30/1 100/1 225/1 45/1 90/1 200/1 150/1 175/1 N/A N/A N/A 7/1 8/1 28/1 175/1 16/1 45/1 28/1 200/1 150/1 150/1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/AN/A
4/1 9/2 17/2 8/1 14/1 45/1 18/1 33/1 90/1 N/A 45/1 80/1 200/1 125/1 150/1 N/A 200/1 N/A 7/1 15/2 28/1 150/1 16/1 60/1 28/1 200/1 125/1 125/1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/AN/A
7/2 4/1 8/1 15/2 13/1 40/1 17/1 30/1 90/1 200/1 50/1 90/1 200/1 150/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 7/1 15/2 25/1 200/1 14/1 50/1 30/1 200/1 125/1 175/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1N/A
BookieHome -1Away +1Home -2Away +2Home -3Away +3Home -4Away +4Home -5Away +5Away -1Home +1Away -2Home +2Offer
6/5 2/1 10/3 8/13 8/1 2/11 N/A N/A N/A N/A 20/1 1/14 25/1 1/80
5/4 2/1 7/2 8/15 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 30/1 1/25 175/1 1/200
13/10 19/10 18/5 6/10 10/1 1/5 28/1 1/18 90/1 1/66 40/1 1/14 150/1 1/100
5/4 15/8 18/5 11/20 17/2 2/11 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
13/10 19/10 18/5 6/10 10/1 1/5 28/1 1/18 90/1 1/66 40/1 1/14 150/1 1/100
5/4 2/1 7/2 8/15 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 30/1 1/25 175/1 1/200
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Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol predictions for this Saturday’s clash in La Liga as both sides play their final match of 2018. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Atletico Madrid Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 3/4

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Atletico Madrid 3-0 @ 17/2

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Atletico Madrid -1.00 Asian Handicap @ 1.740

Reason For Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol Betting Tips

The second game this Saturday in La Liga comes from the Wanda Metropolitano where Atletico Madrid play host to Espanyol. The visitors are in desperate form all of a sudden after an excellent start to the season. They are huge underdogs here but can take some comfort from having bizarrely done the double over Atletico Madrid last term.

Indeed they remain the only visiting team to have won a league match at the Wanda but it is worth noting that there was very little riding on that game. Atleti were more interested in keeping fresh for their Europa League exploits and it’s very hard to see a repeat here. Diego Simeone’s side haven’t totally convinced this season but despite that they remain only 3 points off the top, a decent position to be in heading into 2019.

It has already been a season of two halves for Espanyol meanwhile. They were riding high in the top four for the opening few months but Rubi’s revolution has come to a shuddering halt of late. They come into this game having lost 5 straight league matches having only lost 2 of their opening 11. The latest setback was a 3-1 home defeat to Betis last weekend and they’ve completely lost their way in their defensive third.

It has been a radical regression for a side that looked very solid at the back earlier in the campaign but they’ve now conceded 3 or more goals in each of their last 4 league games and an injury to centre-back Mario Hermoso won’t help matters. At the other end, they’ve been very dependent on Borja Iglesias for goals but did at least find an alternative source for a goal last time out, with Sergio Garcia on the scoresheet against Betis.

On current form, it’s hard to seriously give them any chance here. Atletico have been very solid at home again, averaging 2.5 points per game at the Wanda Metropolitano this term, more than any other team. They’ve also looked better in the final third of late, ironically since Diego Costa has been sidelined. Atletico have netted 3 goals in each of their last 2 league outings and Antoine Griezmann has shown signs of a return to form.

He has scored 5 in his last 4 appearances in all competitions and is ending what has been a wonderful year for him personally on a high. Given that and the way Espanyol have been defending of late, backing Atletico Madrid to score over 1.5 Team Goals looks good here while going for Griezmann to score anytime could also be worth a punt.

Backing Atletico Madrid -1.0 Asian Handicap could also be worth considering. It’s very hard to see the team with La Liga’s best home record slipping up against a terribly out of sorts Espanyol, who are trying to avoid a 6th straight loss.

Read our Asian Handicap Guide for more on this market.

Head to Head

Espanyol surprisingly did the double over Atletico in La Liga last season. They’d not scored on any of their previous 5 league visits to play Diego Simeone’s side though, losing 4.

Predicted Lineups

Line ups are predicted by our Team News Analysts
Atletico Madrid
4-4-2
Espanyol
4-3-3
Predicted Starting XI's
Atletico Madrid
Espanyol
Oblak
Diego Lopez
Juanfran
Victor Sanchez
Savic
David Lopez
Godin
Oscar Duarte
Saul
Didac Vila
Correa
Granero
Partey
Marc Roca
Rodri Hernandez
Sergi Darder
Koke
Leo Baptistao
Kalinic
Borja Iglesias
Griezmann
Sergio Garcia
Subs
Atletico Madrid
Espanyol
Adan
Adria Pedrosa
Arias
Hernan Perez
Borja Garces
Naldo
Francisco Montero
Oscar Melendo
Gelson Martins
Piatti
Toni Moya
Roberto Jimenez
Vitolo
Rosales
Doubtful
Atletico Madrid
Espanyol
Lemar (Injured)
Javi Lopez (Injured)
Unavailable
Atletico Madrid
Espanyol
Diego Costa (Injured)
Mario Hermoso (Injured)
Filipe Luis (Injured)
Gimenez (Injured)
Lucas Hernandez (Injured)

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Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol Stats

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  • Atletico de Madrid have only lost one of their 27 La Liga games at Wanda Metropolitano (W18 D8), but this was against Espanyol in May 2018 (0-2).
  • Atletico de Madrid have picked up 47 points at Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga in 2018 (W14 D5 L1), more than any other side at home in the competition.
  • Espanyol have lost each of their last five LaLiga games; the last time they lost six league games in a row was in October 2003 (six).
  • No LaLiga team has scored the first goal of their games more than both Atletico de Madrid and Espanyol (11 each), however, Espanyol have lost more points than any other team after scoring the first goal in the division (13).
  • No other side has conceded fewer goals in the first half of games than Atletico de Madrid in Europe’s big five leagues this season (two, level with Liverpool and Inter).
  • Atletico’s Nikola Kalinic has scored in consecutive league games for the first time since March 2017 for Fiorentina in Serie A.
  • Espanyol’s Leo Baptistao has scored four league goals versus Atlético de Madrid; against no other team has he netted more (level with Levante).
  • Espanyol manager Rubi has won one of his three La Liga games against Atletico coach Diego Simeone (L2), a 2-1 win with Levante in May 2016.
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Odds

BookieHome WinDrawAway WinOffer
2/5 3/1 9/1
4/11 7/2 19/2
2/5 3/1 17/2
2/5 17/5 8/1
2/5 3/1 17/2
1/3 10/3 17/2
BookieYesNoOffer
13/8 4/9
17/10 4/9
13/8 1/2
29/20 8/15
13/8 1/2
7/4 2/5
BookieHome & YesAway & YesOffer
7/2 22/1
7/2 19/1
7/2 22/1
10/3 21/1
7/2 22/1
7/2 19/1
BookieUnder 0.5Over 0.5Under 1.5Over 1.5Under 2.5Over 2.5Under 3.5Over 3.5Under 4.5Over 4.5Under 5.5Over 5.5Under 6.5Over 6.5Under 7.5Over 7.5Under 8.5Over 8.5Under 9.5Over 9.5Offer
13/2 1/10 2/1 2/5 4/6 6/5 2/9 10/3 1/14 8/1 1/50 18/1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7/1 1/20 15/8 4/11 4/7 5/4 1/6 7/2 1/33 8/1 1/500 16/1 1/1000 50/1 1/1000 100/1 1/1000 100/1 1/1000 100/1
7/1 1/12 15/8 2/5 8/13 5/4 2/9 13/4 1/14 17/2 1/50 22/1 1/250 66/1 1/1000 150/1 1/1000 N/A N/A N/A
7/1 1/16 2/1 4/11 4/6 5/4 1/5 16/5 1/16 7/1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7/1 1/12 15/8 2/5 8/13 5/4 2/9 13/4 1/14 17/2 1/50 22/1 1/250 66/1 1/1000 150/1 1/1000 N/A N/A N/A
7/1 1/20 15/8 4/11 4/7 5/4 1/6 7/2 1/33 8/1 1/500 16/1 1/1000