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Primera División

  • March 15, 2014
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
  • • Attendance: 46000
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Ladbrokes PaddyPower Tipico
Atl. Madrid 1.33 1.30 1.30
Draw 5.00 5.00 5.20
Espanyol 10.00 10.00 11.00
Atletico Madrid-Espanyol Preview: Rojiblancos aiming to build on European progress

Atletico Madrid-Espanyol Preview: Rojiblancos aiming to build on European progress

The capital-based club defeated AC Milan to reach the last eight of the Champions League on Tuesday and will hope to use that as momentum in the Liga title race

Diego Simeone may have to bring his Atletico Madrid back down to earth for Saturday's La Liga clash with Espanyol after a stirring continental triumph in Europe.

The Rojiblancos made it into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 1997 with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Milan on Tuesday, sealed by a 4-1 scoreline on the night, but must quickly turn their attention back to the Primera Division title race.

Simeone's charges currently sit second, three points adrift of city rivals Real, having leapfrogged third-placed Barcelona - now one point behind Atleti - last weekend.

It is Barca's neighbours who visit the Vicente Calderon on Saturday, but Atleti will be wary of Espanyol, as the Catalans are one of only four teams to have beaten them so far this season.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois inadvertently put the ball in his own net as the Rojiblancos were upset 1-0 at the Estadi Cornella El Prat in October.

Dauntingly for this weekend's visitors, though, Atleti are yet to lose on home soil in the league this season, scoring 43 goals in just 14 matches, while Espanyol have claimed just three wins on the road.

Diego Costa is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga's goalscoring charts and found the net twice in midweek.

Javier Manquillo looks set to be the only injury concern for either side, as the Atletico man continues his recovery from a fractured spine.

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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 24, 2013 Atletico Madrid 1 - Espanyol 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 30, 2012 Espanyol 0 - Atletico Madrid 1
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Apr 22, 2012 Atletico Madrid 3 - Espanyol 1
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Available Squads
28Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
2Diego GodínDefender
-Filipe LuisDefender
12Toby AlderweireldDefender
20JuanfranDefender
5TiagoMidfielder
10Arda TuranMidfielder
14GabiMidfielder
11José SosaMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
-Diego CostaStriker
1Dani AranzubiaGoalkeeper
-J. GiménezDefender
22Emiliano Insúa Defender
6KokeMidfielder
8Raúl GarcíaMidfielder
11Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
22Diego RibasMidfielder
13Kiko CasillaGoalkeeper
15Héctor MorenoDefender
16Javier López RodríguezDefender
18FuentesDefender
19Diego Daniel ColottoDefender
4Víctor Sánchez MataMidfielder
14David LópezMidfielder
-SimãoMidfielder
8StuaniStriker
9Sergio GarcíaStriker
9PizziStriker
1GermánGoalkeeper
3Raúl RodríguezDefender
27SidneiDefender
22Alex FernándezMidfielder
23AbrahamMidfielder
-Gabriel TorjeMidfielder
-Jhon CórdobaStriker

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