Matchday 5 of La Liga continues Monday with Atletico Bilbao taking on an Espanyol side that has yet to lose this season. A draw is attractive here today at 3.10.
Both teams finished next to each other in the league table (12th and 13th) last season after losing five more games than they won. This season has started comparatively well for both, with the hosts winning a pair and drawing two more while Bilbao have won three of their first four.
The visitors are listed at 3.10 over at William Hill to take full points on the road, a feat that they haven't done at Espanyol in 15 seasons -- and they have only generated five points from 15 matches there. Though their only loss so far this year came at the hands of Real Madrid, it will be a tough task to say the least to win outright in the 1x2 market against a team they haven't beat since 2010.
Despite their paltry record against the Barcelona-based club, I do prefer the draw here also at 3.10. They drew 3-3 last season when Espanyol was at home.
The hosts come in as favourites with odds of 2.40 posted. They obliterated Bilbao last season on the road with a 4-0 win in February and their stingy defence under Mexican manager Javier Aguirre has proven highly effective thus far.
I am leaning towards the under 2.5 total goals given the home side's defensive prowess, which comes in today at 1.91. The last two Espanyol games have only produced one goal in total.
For a correct scorer pick take a look at Thievy for Espanyol, who has two on the campaign but also offers 3.75 to do it at any point in the game.