Espanyol vs. Atletico Madrid
September 12, 2021 8:00 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +137, Under 2.5 -175
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Espanyol is hosting Atletico Madrid at RCDE Stadium in round 4 of the Spanish LaLiga. Espanyol is in bad form, they haven’t won any of their last 4 games, but maybe this international break did them some good. Atletico is still undefeated in LaLiga so far, but their defense hasn’t been looking like it should.
Since the preseason started, Espanyol has won only 1 game, and that was a friendly match against Cadiz. As far as their LaLiga games go, Espanyol has 2 draws and a loss, but they have conceded only 1 goal so far this season, while not scoring any goals so far. In their last game against Mallorca on the road, Espanyol has had 53% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. It was a rough, rough game, we saw a lot of yellow cards, a red card, but only 1 scored goal. Espanyol has lost this game 1-0. Gomez is suspended for this match because of the red card. There aren’t any injuries in Espanyol, but there also aren’t any goalscorers as of right now. Espanyol will be fighting for their survival for most of the season, and I’m still not sure they have what it takes to stay in LaLiga.
Atletico Madrid is playing well, they are still undefeated, and they have gotten Griezmann back on loan from Barcelona. Atletico Madrid is now in 5th place with 7 points, 5 scored goals, and 3 conceded goals so far this season. Atletico’s defense is one of the best in the league, but at the moment, we are not seeing that from them. In their last game against Villarreal, Atletico has had 49% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 16 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. This was a fun game where we also saw a lot of yellow cards but have also seen 4 goals in the second half. This match has ended in a 2-2 draw. Atletico Madrid is playing in the Champions League next week against Porto, but the good news is they are staying at home, and all of their players should be healthy by then. Atletico is a solid team, and they are the favorites to defend the title this season, but it will be a tough year for them.
Espanyol hasn’t won any of their last 4 games overall, and they also haven’t won any of their last 4 home games. When playing at home, Espanyol hasn’t lost to Atletico in their last 3 games, which is why we are getting Atletico at such a great price, and I will take advantage of it.