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Atlético Madrid won the reverse fixture 2-1 in September thanks to Thomas Lemar’s 99th minute goal. Although, Atleti have actually only won three of their last seven meetings with Espanyol, losing three. Espanyol have only won two of their last 13 games against them in Madrid.
The reigning Spanish champions will not be ending this season with any silverware, so their sole focus in now on a top four finish.
On Wednesday night, los Colchoneros battled hard but could not find the breakthrough against Manchester City.
Having lost 1-0 in England a week earlier, they had to beat the Premier League champions at home, but the crucial goal never came.
Thus, Diego Simeone’s men exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, but now must ensure they back in the competition next season.
Last weekend, a heavily rotated Atleti side were beaten 1-0 at Son Moix by relegation threatened RCD Mallorca, conceding a second half penalty.
Before this, Atlético had won six successive La Liga matches, shooting up the table into the top four.
However, they commence the weekend fourth, just one point above Real Betis, so under pressure to finish the season strongly.
As for RCD Espanyol, they’re comfortably in mid-table which isn’t to be sniffed at, given that they were in the Segunda División last season.
Vicente Moreno’s side beat Celta de Vigo 1-0 at home last weekend, thanks to Wǔ Lěi’s dramatic last-minute winner.
This was the Chinese striker’s first league goal since December 2020.
So, Blanquiazules have now won three of their last five leaving them 11th, aiming for a top half finish.
Will Atleti get the win they really need at the Wanda Metropolitano?
Atlético Madrid team news
Diego Simeone made wholesale changes for last weekend’s trip to Palma but won’t be repeating that here.
João Félix and Antoine Griezmann are the first-choice strikers just now so will lead the line, chosen over Luis Suárez, Ángel Correa and Matheus Cunha.
Both haha and Héctor Herrera could be back soon but neither are likely to feature here.
Right-wing-back has been a problem positition since Kieran Trippier was sold to Newcastle in January.
However, Simeone now has options, namely Daniel Wass, Šime Vrsaljko or Yannick Carrasco, meaning Marcos Llorente could return to midfield.
Espanyol team news
Top-scorer Raúl de Tomás missed the recent trip to Real Sociedad but started last weekend and this is a huge boost for Espanyol.
Wǔ Lěi’s winner against Celta Vigo could earn him a start out-wide, alongside Yangel Herrera and Adrián Embarba in support of R.D.T.
40 year old goalkeeper Diego López has faced Atlético Madrid 20 times in his career but has conceded 30 goals and kept just four clean sheets.
Real Sociedad San Sebastian vs Atletico Madrid - 1:2
Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla FC - 1:1
Elche CF vs Atletico Madrid - 0:2
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid - 1:0
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid - 2:0
|Latest match form, last 5 games:||
Granada CF vs Espanyol Barcelona - 0:0
Espanyol Barcelona vs Valencia CF - 1:1
Deportivo Alaves vs Espanyol Barcelona - 2:1
Espanyol Barcelona vs CA Osasuna - 1:1
Real Madrid vs Espanyol Barcelona - 4:0
|May 22, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Real Sociedad San Sebastian||1 - 2||Atletico Madrid|
|May 15, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Atletico Madrid||1 - 1||Sevilla FC|
|May 11, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Elche CF||0 - 2||Atletico Madrid|
|May 8, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Atletico Madrid||1 - 0||Real Madrid|
|April 30, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Athletic Bilbao||2 - 0||Atletico Madrid|
|May 22, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Granada CF||0 - 0||Espanyol Barcelona|
|May 14, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Espanyol Barcelona||1 - 1||Valencia CF|
|May 11, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Deportivo Alaves||2 - 1||Espanyol Barcelona|
|May 8, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Espanyol Barcelona||1 - 1||CA Osasuna|
|April 30, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Real Madrid||4 - 0||Espanyol Barcelona|
|Atletico Madrid||Espanyol Barcelona|
|169||Shots on goal||134|
|166||Shots off goal||156|
|52%||Average ball possession||46%|
|1||Shots on post||0|
|7||Shots on bar||7|
|53||Goals by foot||34|
|10||Goals by head||5|
|Atletico Madrid||Espanyol Barcelona|
|1.36||Average Goals Scored||1.23|
|April 17, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Atletico Madrid||2 - 1||Espanyol Barcelona|
|September 12, 2021||LaLiga 21/22||Espanyol Barcelona||1 - 2||Atletico Madrid|
|March 1, 2020||LaLiga 19/20||Espanyol Barcelona||1 - 1||Atletico Madrid|
|November 10, 2019||LaLiga 19/20||Atletico Madrid||3 - 1||Espanyol Barcelona|
|May 4, 2019||LaLiga 18/19||Espanyol Barcelona||3 - 0||Atletico Madrid|
La Liga table:
|5||Real Sociedad San Sebastian||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||RC Celta de Vigo||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|13||Real Betis Seville||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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What time is kick off between Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol Barcelona?
14:15, Sunday 17 April 2022