Our man in Spain, Phil Kitromilides is explains why he thinks neither team will keep a clean sheet at the Vicente CalderonEspanyol head to the Vicente Calderon on Saturday as the only team with the possibility of recording a league double over Atletico this season. The Catalans' 1-0 win at Cornella El Prat earlier on this season was somewhat fortuitous, yet they defended well to inflict a first league defeat of the season on the Rojiblancos.
Since then Diego Simeone's men have lost at Almeria and Osasuna, however their home form remains imperious with Atletico unbeaten in 15 league games at the Calderon.
Paddy Power price the hosts as clear favorites at 1/4 (1.25) while Espanyol are offered at 10/1 (11.00) and the draw available at 9/2 (5.50).
Naturally this is a game that Atleti would expect to win, yet the visitors have been in decent form as they eye potentially a late push for Europe. The price therefore of evens (2.00) for both teams to score looks extremely tempting, given both sides' current form.
The Rojiblancos almost always score at home with their only blank in their 14 league meetings at the Calderon this season coming against Barcelona. Espanyol meanwhile have netted in four of their last five games, and have scored twice on their recent trips to both Valencia and Atheltic Bilbao.
The home side should win this game but having conceded in three of their last four games, Atletico may well not keep another clean shet on Saturday.
|Both teams to score at evens (2.00) 2.0pt stake with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid