Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol preview, betting tips and prediction
May 03, 2018
At the time of writing, Atletico Madrid prepare to host Arsenal in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final. Carrying an away goal into the tie, we back the Spaniards to emerge on top. And when they do maybe things can pick up a little bit in La Liga. Their form has dipped in the last few weeks and we would guess that it could be because of European commitments.
Reaching the final would allow them to concentrate on domestic matters, namely holding onto second place. This weekend represents a huge opportunity to get the runners-up spot in a stranglehold. They’re four points clear of Real Madrid with three games to play and Los Blancos have a game in hand. This weekend, the dethroned champs travel to the Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, like an exchange programme, Atletico will be hosting Espanyol, a side they lost 1-0 to earlier in the season. Recent meetings between the sides have been low-scoring affairs with the previous two encounters coughing up just two goals between them. Expect Atletico, the stingiest team in La Liga, having conceded just 18 goals, to keep that up here.