Espanyol hosts Atletico Madrid in round 4 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, September 12th at RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat)
Espanyol is the newcomer to the top division of Spanish football. The club has just returned to Primera, although it has played here for a long time. In the summer, the Budgerigars managed to keep the backbone of the team. Beyond that, the management spent 5.5 million euros to get four players. These are not all newbies. Experienced Aleix Vidal came as a free agent. Three more performers joined Espanyol on loan. In the 2021/2022 season, the Catalans have not gained a single victory yet. They chalked up two draws and one defeat. A misfire occurred just in the last round, when the Budgerigars lost to another newcomer Mallorca away (1-0).
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Atletico Madrid is the reigning champion of the country. As always, the club carried out a competent transfer campaign in the summer and at the same time retained the backbone of the team. The Mattresses got Griezmann, De Paul, Cunha, and Paulo into their ranks. The metropolitan team showed a great start to the new season. The Indians gained two victories with a total score of 3-1. But then they lost points because they had to face a strong opponent. The match against the winner of the Europa League Cup, Villarreal, ended in a battling 2-2 draw. Due to a gross error of the opponent, Diego Simeone’s charges snatched a draw in the last minute of the match.
We continue to consider the option with low production in the matches with the participation of Atletico Madrid. Away games are harder for the Mattresses than home games. Espanyol conceded only one goal in three starting matches, although it is a newcomer to LaLiga. In theory, the Catalans will take the field rested, but the footballers of the metropolitan club may have problems with freshness since many of them played for their national teams. We think the fans will not see a large number of goals scored.