Atlético Madrid will seek a third straight win on Sunday afternoon — but at Espanyol, anything can happen.
This is one of Atlético’s bogey grounds, after all. Atleti have lost the past two seasons at Cornellà and have won only three of 10 league encounters there since 2010. Espanyol have spent nearly the entire season in a relegation fight and have employed three managers since August — the latest, Abelardo, saw his side knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday.
Diego Simeone seems ready to hand Yannick Carrasco his first start since his return from China, while Diego Costa and João Félix are set to start from the bench. Héctor Herrera is close to full health following a groin injury but did not make the squad list. Neither did José Giménez or the injured Thomas Lemar.
Possible XI Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Savić, Lodi; Thomas, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco; Correa, Morata.
Prediction 0-0. Want to know Atlético’s record away from home this season? Of course you do. In LaLiga alone, Atleti have won three, lost three and drawn six. The mattress makers have scored 10 (ten) goals on the road and conceded 11 from those 12 games. Not good.
Espanyol lost the previous match against the Colchoneros in Madrid, but really need to get closer to safety — the Pericos are five points adrift but are unbeaten across the past four league games at home.
The Catalans have conceded just once this season from attacks categorized as “slow.” Atlético’s attack can be defined as such. I think a bore draw is on the cards.
My record on the season 19-16
Date March 1, 2020
Location RCDE Stadium, Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Kickoff time 4:00 p.m. CET, 3:00 p.m. GMT, 10:00 a.m. EST, 7:00 a.m. PST
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