The 'other' teams from Barcelona and Madrid meet to compete for the Europa league spot.
Kameni; Raúl Rodríguez, Amat, Francisco Torres, Galán; Verdú, Javí López, Pablo Osvaldo, Iván Alonso, Callejón; Luis Garcia;
Atletico de Madrid: De Gea; Godín, Perea, Kasmirski ,Ujfalusi; Mario Suárez, Tiago, Koke, Reyes; Diego Costa, Agüero;
- Espanyol have collected just seven points out of last 33 possible points. Despite this, they can still qualify for Europe, if they manage to win the rest of their games.
- Mauricio Pochettino's men have been struggling since the beginning of the new year owing to the sale of several key players without replacements.
- The 'Catalans' have a very tough run in for the season end, as matches with Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia and Bilbao are yet to come.
- 'Los Periquitos' are missing de la Pena, Sergio Garcia, David Garcia and Raul Baena through injuries, but have midfielder Javi Marquez available after a long layoff.
- Atletico de Madrid are on a good run with just one defeat in last five matches, that too against Real Madrid.
- They are level on points with the Basque side Bilbao for the sixth spot. However, their inferior head to head record pushes them into the seventh place.
- 'The mattress makers' are in a prime positon to finish on a high note as they have negotiated all their 'tough' fixtures and all their remaining matches are with the sides below them in the league table
- Quique Flores is without Diego Forlan for this match.
- Matches between the two sides in the last few years have tended to be even, with Atletico winning five and Espanyol winning four.
January 7, 2011: Espanyol 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Last time around these sides met in Copa Del Rey's second leg which saw Atletico Madrid advance to the next round on a 2-1 aggregate win.
Espanyol were down 1-0 at half time due to Aguero strike and a 92nd minute goal by Luis Garcia only proved to a consolation goal as the match was already over when Aguero struck. That strike meant that Espanyol needed three goals to advance which was always going to be a bridge too far.