Atlético Madrid have lost just one of their 12 La Liga matches this season, but that record has been padded out by a 50% draw rate.
Their season has primarily been built on a strong defence, which has kept a clean sheet in 58.33% of its LL fixtures, and conceded over 1.5 goals just once.
Whilst boasting an impressive defence, ‘Los Colchoneros’ have scored over 1.5 goals in just five of their 16 competitive matches this season. They have also done this only once in their last seven matches.
Espanyol look set for a relegation battle, after losing eight of 12 LL games to date.
Their slow start to fixtures is costing them dearly, and their opposition on the day has taken the lead in eight of their dozen league outings.
Unsurprisingly, as a result, the visitors were trailing at half-time in seven of those eight matches.
The good news for ‘Periquitos’ is that they actually boast a decent record in recent H2Hs, winning three of the previous four LL meetings, while additionally keeping a clean sheet in four of the last six H2H encounters.
Players to watch: Alvaro Morata has netted a goal in each of his previous five competitive appearances for Atlético Madrid – and all five strikes came in the second half.
Espanyol forward Borja Iglesias has just the one goal across his previous seven LL appearances, but he did net a brace vs Atlético Madrid when these sides last met.