Atletico Madrid will travel to Espanyol on Sunday for game week 26 in the Spanish La Liga. The Los Rojiblancos put in a fine performance in their last league outing, they won 3-1 at home to Villarreal thanks to goals from Angel Correa, Joao Felix and Koke.
The Catalan side on the other were on the losing side as they went 2-1 down away to Real Valladolid in game week 25. For Espanyol it’s all about survival, they are last on the league table, having taken just 19 points from 25 matches so far in the season. The Blanquiazules will have it all to do if they are to maintain their topflight status at the end of the season. The league title might be too much to ask for Diego Simeone’s side, but they will want to consolidate on their 3rd position and see out the qualification to next season’s champions league as early as possible.
Looking at the data, Espanyol have played Atlético Madrid in November for a La Liga match. The winners were Atlético Madrid with a score of 3-1.
In the last decade, the two sides have clashed 22 times. Espanyol have emerged victorious in 7 of these head-to-head matches. Atlético Madrid have won 11 matches. The other 4 matches ended in a draw.
Atletico Madrid will be without former Chelsea striker Diego Costa Who is suffering from physical discomfort, there is no date to when the Spain international will return to first team action. Thomas Lemar is still suffering from thigh issues and he is not expected to feature on Sunday. Summer signing from Tottenham, Kieran Trippier is still out with muscle complaints and he is not expected to be back till early April.
For Espanyol, they will be without first choice goalkeeper, David Lopez through suspension. Raul De Tomas is back in training, but it is unknown whether he will feature against Diego Simeone’s men.