La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid vs. Espanyol

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Updated: October 14, 2014

Match Date: 19 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: Vicente Calderon

 

Many are expecting a stronger and better Atletico Madrid to show up at Vicente Calderon after a humiliating loss against Valencia. The defending champion seems to have problems in retaining the silverware due to its lackluster start this season.

 

The contenders

Atletico Madrid

A crucial error from Miranda served as a premonition of Atletico Madrid’s impending loss to Valencia. The latter stole the limelight with a convincing and well-deserved 3-1 victory that could have ended in a clean sheet if not for Mario Mandzukic’s clinical finish on the 28th.

 

Due to the said loss, the title contender and top pick of sports betting sites dropped to the 5th spot of the La Liga table. Despite the disappointment brought by the said defeat, a glimmer of hope shines within Vicente Calderon as talks of Mario Suarez’s return crop out.
Suarez missed the Valencia match due to an injury and certainly, his presence will give Atletico the boost that they needed.

 

Espanyol

Espanyol’s confidence remains high after beating Real Sociedad. The triumph enabled the team to penetrate the top-flight league’s top 10 and even land on the 8th spot.

 

When asked about the secret to the team’s success, its head honcho, Sergio Gonzalez stressed that it all boiled down to the boys’ hardwork and determination.

 

Possible head turners

Atletico’s defender, Gabi has been prolific on the pitch in ensuring that the ball stays on Atletico’s side. Another round of brilliant and consistent performance from him, would readily secure the team’s victory.

 

Prediction

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Espanyol

 

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