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  • April 17, 2011
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La Liga preview: Espanyol - Atletico Madrid

La Liga preview: Espanyol - Atletico Madrid

The 'other' teams from Barcelona and Madrid meet to compete for the Europa league spot.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Espanyol: 
Kameni
Raúl Rodríguez
Amat
Francisco Torres
Galán
Verdú
Javí López
Pablo Osvaldo
Iván Alonso
Callejón
Luis Garcia
Kameni; Raúl Rodríguez, Amat, Francisco Torres, Galán; Verdú, Javí López, Pablo Osvaldo, Iván Alonso, Callejón; Luis Garcia;

Espanyol

Atletico de Madrid: De Gea; Godín, Perea, Kasmirski ,Ujfalusi; Mario Suárez, Tiago, Koke, Reyes; Diego Costa, Agüero;


Atletico Madrid


DID YOU KNOW?
  
  • 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.

LAST MEETING

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. 

Players to watch

Luis García

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Luis Garcia was the man who had breached the Atleti backline last time around when these sides met. Although it has been sometime since he scored for Espanyol, he still is the man to look out for, as he can both score as well as create a killer pass to split the opposition's defense. 

S. Agüero

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Aguero is in fine form right now and with Forlan out of the picture, he is really flourishing. 13 goals in La Liga already this season, he is finally looking like the player he always promised to be. 'El Capitan' of Atletico will want to take a gigantic step towards European qualifiaction by winning this 'six pointer'.   

Editor's Prediction

The two teams have always had close matches irrespective of their form. However, Atletico seemed to have re-discovered their joy of winning whereas Espanyol are to discover theirs. Atletico are yet to win at Espanyols' home this season but this could be the time when can actually do it.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Espanyol

Atlético Madrid

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol Espanyol
Draw
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
Club Atlético de Madrid Atlético Madrid
27%
17%
56%

Top 3 Predictions

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
1 - 2
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
1 - 0
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
1 - 1
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM

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