Match Preview: Espanyol 1-2 Atletico Madrid Predictions and Betting Tips 12.09.2021

Espanyol – Atletico Madrid Predictions & Tips For Today, September 12, 2021.

League: SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 4
Match: 13:00 Espanyol – Atletico Madrid
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odd: 1.45
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 1:2 WON!!!

Espanyol – Atletico Madrid Match Preview

  • The only La Liga (LL) side yet to score this term, Espanyol (D2, L1) have found the going tough following promotion last season. Granted, they’ve rarely been fast starters in the top flight as none of their previous six LL campaigns saw them register more than four points after three matches, so their fans won’t be panicking just yet.
  • The recent arrival of Yangel Herrera on loan from Manchester City will eventually strengthen their midfield but they might have to manage without him for now as he recovers from a leg fracture. In the meantime, Vicente Moreno’s priority is ending a run of three competitive home games without registering a victory (D2, L1) to put an end to their slow start.
  • Conversely, Antoine Griezmann’s return to Atlético Madrid on loan from Barcelona offers Diego Simeone’s outfit an immediate boost. The extra firepower is welcome given Luis Suárez’s likely absence through injury and could help the defending champions (W2, D1) to put games to bed more effectively in the future. Both their victories this season came via a one-goal margin, yet they’ve made an average of 14.67 attempts at goal per game!
  • Although they’re unbeaten in four league away matches (W3, D1), they haven’t won any of the last three H2Hs here (D1, L2), scoring just once during that sequence, suggesting they could be in for a hard time once again. A lack of discipline could also cost them dear as the visitors picked up five yellow cards and one red on their opening road trip!
  • Players to watch: Espanyol’s Landry Dimata scored four of his five LL2 goals last term between the 50th and 75th minute. Coincidentally, Griezmann (ATM) has scored five career goals against Espanyol, four of them coming between the 55th and 75th minute.
  • Hot stat: The away side on the day has scored just one first-half goal across the last eight LL H2Hs.