LaLiga – Match-day 7 Sees Espanyol take on Valencia
Espanyol at home against Valencia – Sunday – 2:00pm GMT – Rcde Stadium.
It’s a clash of seventeenth vs ninth, as Espanyol host Valencia at Rcde Stadium.
This season’s LaLiga campaign, has so far seen Espanyol achieve four points
With a win in their previous game, (2-1) against Real Sociedad, Espanyol will likely be in a positive frame of mind.
Also, Espanyol need to get out of the losing habit, with four recorded in the last five fixtures. With four points, they currently sit seventeenth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 1 wins, 4 losses and 1 draws having won one game, drawn one game, and lost four games.
When Espanyol host Valencia, they will do so on the back of three losses on their own ground.
A win in this fixture would take Espanyol’s points to 7 in the League.
It is likely that three key players will miss Sunday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Diego Martinez and his Espanyol team.
Valencia arrive at this game, having secured nine points so far this season
Another victory would be a terrific achievement, but that is what Gennaro Gattuso will be asking from his team, as they go into this game on the back of strong results after beating Celta Vigo 3-0 and Rayo Vallecano 2-1
Also, Gennaro Gattuso knows that a run of three losses in five matches for his Valencia side, is going to be a tough run of form to change. However that is exactly what he must try to deliver. They currently stand ninth in the League, with nine points for a total of 3 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws having won three matches and lost three games.
Valencia will travel to Espanyol with a win record on the road that is quite unremarkable, with two defeats.
Valencia will have 12 points so far this season, should they secure a win.
Good atacking and defensive team
It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. Valencia have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with five goals in their previous matches. They have a good scoring average of 10 goals. This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Samu Castillejo (2), Nicolas Gonzalez (2), and Lato Toni (1).
Gennaro Gattuso could be missing up to two of their players through injury or illness for the game on Sunday.
Espanyol v Valencia – Head-to-Heads.
Regarding their historical duels the two clubs have previously played each other 56 times with the result being 25 victories and 11 draws for Espanyol. Further, Espanyol are unbeaten in their last ten of the previous 14 fixtures played against Valencia. Their most recent encounter in this competition was May 2022 and the score line ended up with a 1-1 draw.
Players to watch
For Espanyol, Joselu has nettedthree goals in six League fixtures this LaLiga Season, while Samu Castillejo scoredtwo goals in six League matches so far for Valencia.