Espanyol doesn’t really appear to be in great shape. They haven’t yet been able to collect lots of points within the past 5 match ups and the direction must improve up against Atletico.
Atletico is in good form, the proof are the 3 games won during the last events inside the league. Performing at RCDE Stadium will cause various hassles, however maybe not enough to end empty-handed. Espanyol will definitely end up with a rough match-up against Atletico.
Atletico Madrid goes into this match up with the idea of winning the championship in La Liga. Having said that, Espanyol is in the relegation section and wants any point.
Espanyol sits on the last place in La Liga, however, they do have some small chances of avoiding relegation. Things can improve in this match, but a win is somehow out of the question. Atletico will push hard because any hiccup in El Clasico can be on their advantage. The Madrid team is also boosted by the victory against Liverpool from Champions League (1-0). These factors will make Espanyol’s mission almost impossible.
The big favourite of the match is Atletico. They are missing only two players for this match (Lemar and Herrera), while Espanyol has four sidelined players (Raúl de Tomás, Oier, Víctor Campuzano and S. Corchia). Espanyol stands five points behind the safe zone, while Atletico is at 10 points behind the leader. Both objectives seem to be “mission impossible”, but surprises can happen.