Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid by Sunshine

Espanyol is coming from yet another loss, their fourth this season, this time on the road against Betis with a narrow 0:1. They actually didn't play that poor, but have conceded early goal in eighteen minute and later on were the better side, but simply couldn't find the way to Betis's net and as the time progressed it was harder for them as they stood with ten men following Walkaso getting red card in the 67th minute.

As said, it was their fourth loss with only one point in the season as they drew 3:3 at home two weeks ago. Surely very poor side for Espanyol, who actually didn't look that bad in every game being very close to get more than one point in first five rounds. However, they will have to start improving on the pitch too, in order to avoid relegation battle. Their coach Pochettino will not be sitting on the bench following suspension for the second game in a row.

Hosts will be without midfielder Walkaso who is suspended, while two other absent players should be Baena and Sergio Garcia.

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Atletico Madrid is coming from a 4:2 victory in the midweek over Betis. With this win, they are currently holding  third position and, having in mind their form and especially their attacking power, they really look like one of the teams that are hot favorites to claim the Champions League spot at the end of the season.

With this victory, the team of Diego Simeone completed sixth victory in a row in all competitions (including 3:0 victory on the road in Europa League last week over Hapoel Tel Aviv and a 4:1 win over Chelsea in a Euro Super Cup game few weeks before). Moreover, their goal difference in those sixes games is 21:7, with their attack being obviously the best part of the team. They were trailing twice in a game against Betis, but didn't give up and finally celebrated more than deserved 4:2 victory. Guest's coach will have all his players available for this game, except Radamel Falcao who didn't travel following discomfort he feels in his adductor.

Espanyol is surely much better side than the tables are currently showing, but still they lack quality against teams like Atletico is. Hosts are in a great form and even without one of their best players Falcao, they surely deserve to be favorites in tonight's clash.

Bet: Atletico Madrid -0.25 Asian Handicap @1.76 with Pinnacle Sports

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