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Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – RCDE Stadium

Date: 22nd December 2017

Kick-off time – 20:30 GMT

Although their 2-2 draw with Las Palmas last time had some drama, Espanyol’s games have been largely free of drama this season.

Prior to that game, 8 of their previous 9 games had ended in under 2.5 goals and a whopping 75% of their home games ended that way.

With Atleti also a solid side defensively, this game looks likely to end in a draw or a low-scoring affair.

The Catalans have offered almost nothing in their attacking play with at least 50% of their games ending with them not finding the back of the net.

Only two teams in the division have netted fewer than their 0.81 goals per games this season.

Atletico Madrid led by Diego Simeone are the ultimate survivors.

The Madrid based sided headed into this season with a transfer ban on their head and a new stadium.

Many people expected them to have a bad season, judging by how Tottenham struggled at Wembley last season.

However, Diego Simeone’s men have not only survived, they have arguable thrived as they head into their last fixture of the year unbeaten and with an opportunity to close the gap on Barcelona to just 3 points.

With Diego Costa available from their next game, they look prime to mount a serious title challenge at the moment especially having been eliminated from the Champions League.

Their defence was a little suspect at the beginning of the season, but they have improved as they have conceded just 0.44 goals per game this season.

They have a clean sheet ratio of 67% and come into this game off the back of two 1-0 wins.

Bookmakers believe Atleti will come out on top in this game making them early odds-on favourites.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Las Palmas 2-2 Espanyol 17 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Espanyol 0-1 Girona 11 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Eibar 3-1 Espanyol 3 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 3-2 Tenerife 30 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Espanyol 1-0 Getafe 27 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Atletico Madrid

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Atletico Madrid 1-0 Alavés 16 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Real Betis 0-1 Atletico Madrid 10 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid 5 Dec, 2017 UEFA Champions League
W Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Sociedad 2 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Atletico Madrid 3-0 Elche 29 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Espanyol 0-1 Atletico Madrid 22 Apr, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Espanyol 3 Dec, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 1-3 Atletico Madrid 9 Apr, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Espanyol 28 Nov, 2015 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 0-0 Atletico Madrid 14 Mar, 2015 Spanish Primera División

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

January 22, 2018
Eibar 21:00 Málaga
January 26, 2018
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Eibar
January 27, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 13:00 Levante
Valencia 16:15 Real Madrid
Málaga 18:30 Girona
Villarreal 20:45 Real Sociedad
January 28, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Espanyol
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Las Palmas
Sevilla 18:30 Getafe
Barcelona 20:45 Deportivo Alavés
January 29, 2018
Celta de Vigo 21:00 Real Betis
February 2, 2018
Real Sociedad 21:00 Deportivo De La Coruña
February 3, 2018
Eibar 13:00 Sevilla
Real Betis 16:15 Villarreal
Deportivo Alavés 18:30 Celta de Vigo
Levante 20:45 Real Madrid
February 4, 2018
Getafe 12:00 Leganés
Espanyol 16:15 Barcelona
Girona 18:30 Athletic Bilbao
Atlético de Madrid 20:45 Valencia

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 20 17 3 0 57 9 +48 54
2 Atlético de Madrid 20 12 7 1 29 9 +20 43
3 Valencia 20 12 4 4 41 21 +20 40
4 Real Madrid 19 10 5 4 39 18 +21 35
5 Villarreal 20 10 4 6 28 22 +6 34
6 Sevilla 20 10 2 8 26 28 -2 32
7 Celta de Vigo 20 8 4 8 35 28 +7 28
8 Getafe 20 7 6 7 25 20 +5 27
9 Girona 20 7 6 7 29 29 +0 27
10 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 -7 27
11 Real Betis 20 8 3 9 33 41 -8 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 20 6 8 6 23 22 +1 26
13 Leganés 19 7 4 8 17 19 -2 25
14 Espanyol 20 6 6 8 16 25 -9 24
15 Real Sociedad 20 6 5 9 34 36 -2 23
16 Deportivo Alavés 20 6 1 13 16 29 -13 19
17 Levante 20 3 9 8 16 28 -12 18
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 20 4 4 12 22 44 -22 16
19 Las Palmas 20 4 2 14 16 47 -31 14
20 Málaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 -20 11

Spanish Primera Results

January 21, 2018
Real Betis 0 - 5 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Celta de Vigo
Real Madrid 7 - 1 Deportivo De La Coruña
Deportivo Alavés 2 - 2 Leganés
January 20, 2018
Las Palmas 2 - 1 Valencia
Villarreal 2 - 1 Levante
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 1 Girona
Espanyol 0 - 3 Sevilla
January 19, 2018
Getafe 2 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
January 15, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 2 Leganés
January 14, 2018
Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona
Espanyol 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Sevilla
Levante 0 - 1 Celta de Vigo
January 13, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 1 - 2 Valencia
Eibar 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 6 - 0 Las Palmas
January 12, 2018
Getafe 1 - 0 Málaga
January 8, 2018
Málaga 0 - 1 Espanyol

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