Atletico Madrid resumes dominion

Atletico Madrid resumes dominion

Atletico Madrid is looking for a strong finish in the league with a win against RCD Espanyol, who still hope for a chance to escape the drop zone. Atletico is currently sitting at the second of the league table, and are likely to secure a spot in the European stage. However, Atletico is still looking to win their remaining matches, to have a wide lead against the third. As for Espanyol, they are on the verge of elimination, which makes them desperate for points. They are aiming to climb above the drop zone, by winning all their remaining matches. This meeting will be on May 25, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), with Espanyol playing as hosts.

From the last 44 matches that these two teams played, the visitors are the ones who has the good record. They won 19 of those matches, while the hosts has 14 victories, and the remaining 11 matches all ended in draws. The hosts actually had a good run against the visitors, winning three of their four matches. However, that good run did not last long, as they are now winless in their last five matches against the visitors. As for the visitors, they are doing well playing away form home, winning three of their last six games on the road. However, they need to work hard in this match, as they were held into a draw on their last meeting against each other.

Atletico Madrid

La Liga: Atletico Madrid
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Madrid is already secured of a spot in the league table with 72 points. However, although they are at the second, they need to win more to secure the Champions League. Currently, Madrid is just with one point lead with the team at the third, and four point lead with the team at the fourth. Their current lead cannot ensure them a spot in the Champions League, which is why they need as many wins. A win here is not impossible though, as they have been impressive all season. In fact, they are coming in this match from a dominating 3-0 win on their last match against Osasuna. As they come into this game, they are hoping to achieve a similar result, for a chance to improve their chances. Additionally, expect Atletico to rely on their excellent squad to score a win in this match.

Morata is a fresh injury concern for Atletico Madrid, after he was taken off during the half time due to a neck injury. He will then join Oblak, Lemar, Depay, Llorente, and Savic on the sidelines, who are all injured as well.

RCD Espanyol

La Liga: RCD Espanyol
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Espanyol on the other hand is currently sitting at the 19th of the league table with 34 points. They are now a team who is on the verge of missing La Liga next season. However, if they win their remaining matches, they could stand a chance next season. After all, they are just four points away from escaping the relegation zone, which means they still have a chance next season. Despite their struggles this season, Espanyol are fortunate that they were able to get a win against Vallecano. That 2-1 win for them is a crucial win, which gives them so much confidence in this game. Espanyol are now with desperation coming into this match, still hoping to remain in the league next season. Fortunately, they won two of their last four matches in the league, which means they have a good momentum here.

Unfortunately for Espanyol, they will be without Sergi Gomez, after suffering a hamstring concern on their last match. Additionally, Jose Gragera, and Martin Braithwaite are also absent in this match due to their own injuries.

Prediction:

Atletico Madrid (2.5)
Odds: -0.90

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