- Changing system last time out seemed to improve some aspects of Espanyol’s play, so few changes are expected here.
- Victor Sanchez is suspended for the hosts, so Javi Lopez could return at right-back after injury.
- Sergio Garcia and Leo Baptistao should continue in close support of Gerard Moreno.
- Sime Vrsaljko will continue at right-back for the away side after contributing two assists in his last two games.
- Augusto Fernandez may start in the centre of midfield over Thomas Partey, with Saul pushed out wide.
- Fernando Torres netted Atleti’s winner against Alaves last time out and could partner Antoine Griezmann up front.
Atleticoareundefeated in their last 20 away matches (La Liga).
Atleticohave kept a clean sheet in their last 5 away matches (La Liga).
Espanyolhave seen under 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 10 matches against Atletico in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Atletico‘s last 11 games (La Liga).
Atleticohave kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 matches against Espanyol in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Espanyol‘s last 5 home games (La Liga).
Atleticoareundefeated in their last 7 matches against Espanyol in all competitions.
Atleticohavewon with a 1 goal margin in their last 3 matches (La Liga).
- Espanyol are winless in their last three games, with the Catalan club hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone with only a five-point cushion to spare them for now.
- Gerard Moreno has scored over 50% of their league goals this campaign, with the Spanish striker absolutely vital to their attempts to clamber into the top half of the table.
- Atleti have kept two consecutive clean sheets in the league, with Diego Simeone’s men continuing to scrape narrow results and maintain their unbeaten start to the league campaign.