LaLiga 33ª Jornada

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Espanyol – Atlético Madrid (La Liga)

Espanyol and Atlético Madrid will measure forces this saturday night at Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, in Barcelona, in a game referent to La Liga’s 33th round. After two consecutive wins, Espanyol still keeps his dream of reaching the european spots alive, but have a huge need of winning this game in order to keep that dream mathematically possible. Atlético Madrid reached a top momento of form in this final stage of the league and that is also being reflected in the Champions League, where he made it to the semi-finals in the middle of this week, at Leicester City’s expense.

Espanyol sits 9th spot in La Liga’s table with 49 points, which comes from 13 victories, 10 draws and 9 defeats, with 44 goals scored and 42 conceded in the process. Espanyol are going through a good moment in the spanish league and gets here with two consecutive wins, having lost only 1 of their last 6 games in a row, which lefts this Catalonia side only 4 points bellow 6th place, which grants access to Europa League. Despite their dream of reaching 6th place being mathematically possible, the catalans cannot go easy in this game and victory is demanded. Espanyol are also going through a good moment at home recently, winning all last 4 games and keeping two clean sheets in the process. The Budgerigars have some defensive difficulties, mas are being able to score in almost every game, especially through counter-attacks, their favorite type of offensive transition. Gerard Moreno is the team top scorer with 11 goals scored, and Pablo Piatti is one of the most influential players of the team with 10 goals scored and 9 assists made.

In their last 5 official games, Espanyol won 3, draw 1 and lost the other one. This sequence of results started with a 1-1 away draw at Eibar’s home. This draw was followed by a 2-1 home win against Real Betis, a 2-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao’s home, a 1-0 home victory over Alavés, and in their last clash, a 0-1 away win against Leganés. Óscar Duarte is out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Diego López – Javi López, Reyes, David López and Martín – Jurado, Roca, Sánchez and Piatti – Caicedo and Moreno.

laligaAtlético Madrid, on their turn, sits 3rd place in La Liga’s table with 65 points, which comes from 19 victories, 8 draws and 5 defeats, with 59 goals scored and 24 conceded in the process. Without knowing what it is like to lose in any of their last 11 consecutive matches, Atlético Madrid gets here in a great form and very motivated, not only for having stole this 3rd place from Sevilla, but also for having achieved the Champions League semi-finals, where they will face their neighbor Real Madrid. Despite the Colchoneros having achieved de semi-finals of the european competition, they had a tough game in Leicester City’s ground and might acuse some fatigue in this feature.

However, Diego Simeone has the lucky of having a team full of quality players and he knows that, independently of the amount of alterations he makes for this game, only the victory is acceptable in order to maintain 3rd spot. Sevilla has, theoretically, an easy game this weekend, which reinforces the need of beating Espanyol. Atlético Madrid’s defense is the best in the Spanish league, culminating this excellent defensive organization with a very effective attack, being experts in attacking set pieces, creating long shot opportunities and chances through individual skill, and counting with influential players like Griezamnn, Fernando Torres, Carrasco, Gaitán, among others, which are capable of making the difference at any instance.

In their last 5 official games, Atlético Madrid won 3 games and draw the other 2. This sequence of results started with 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad. This victory was followed by a 1-1 away draw against Real Madrid, a 1-0 home win against Leicester City, a 3-0 home win agains Osasuna, and in their last clash, a 1-1 away draw against Leicester City. Augusto Fernández, Vrsaljko and Juanfran are all out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Oblak – Savic, Hérnandez, Godín and Luis Felipe – Carrasco, Ñíguez, Gabi and Koke – Torres and Griezmann.

Espanyol won just 1 of the last 8 direct clashes, drawing 2 and losing the remaining 5.

Atlético Madrid 0-0 Espanyol
Liga Espanhola 16/17
Espanyol 1-3 Atlético Madrid
Liga BBVA 15/16
Atlético Madrid 1-0 Espanyol
Liga BBVA 15/16
Espanyol 0-0 Atlético Madrid
Liga BBVA 14/15
Atlético Madrid 2-0 Espanyol
Liga BBVA 14/15
Atlético Madrid 1-0 Espanyol
Liga BBVA 13/14
Espanyol 1-0 Atlético Madrid
Liga BBVA 13/14
Atlético Madrid 1-0 Espanyol
Liga BBVA 12/13

This game puts two teams in great shape face to face. In the last La Liga’s rounds Espanyol managed to right some of their defensive difficulties and are going through a good offensive momento, especially at home, while Atlético Madrid is also in great moment but might accuse some fadigue from the game against Leicester City. This should be a very closed game, with both teams more focused on protecting their own goal, and with this game might being decided in small details, like set-pieces or counter-attacks.

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Under 2.5 Goals 1.75 Bet365
  • Country: Spain
  • Stadium: Cornellà-El Prat
  • City: Barcelona
  • Establishment: 1900

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Atlético de Madrid
  • Country: Spain
  • Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
  • City: Madrid
  • Establishment: 1903

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Fábio Mota
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  • Predictions wrong 65
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