Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides thinks that once again backing both teams to score in a game involving the Rojiblancos will prove profitableA promising start to the season is threatening to unravel for an Espanyol side who have now lost three league games in a now.
It does not get any easier for Los Pericos with Atletico Madrid arriving at Cornella El Prat on Saturday evening aiming to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
Espanyol are on the whole quite tough to beat in their own backyard suffering just three defeats in their last 16 league games at home.
That made their 2-0 loss to Getafe in their last home match all the more surprising, and Paddy Power offer them at 4/1 (5.00) to claim all three points.
Atleti, meanwhile, have this season been the most effective, efficient and ruthless team in the division, a fact reflected in the price of 4/6 (1.65) for them to win.
And, naturally, this is the kind of game that Diego Simeone's side must win if they aspire to challenging the duopoly at the top of Spanish football.
Yet rather than backing them in some way, the price of 10/11 (1.91) for both teams to score looks to be well worthy of consideration.
Atletico have comfortably scored in every game this season, yet they have also been conceding.
Indeed, both teams to score has paid out in six of their last eight games in all competitions, while it has also proved the correct selection in three out of Espanyol's previous four fixtures.
|Both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) 1.5pt stake with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid