Espanyol, who has gone four games without a victory, will host Real Valladolid at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday in an effort to end their recent defensive struggles.
Last weekend, the visitors and hosts were kept to a scoreless draw with 10-man Real Betis, while the hosts were held to tie with Cadiz.
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Espanyol Vs Real Valladolid Tips and Prediction
Diego Martinez’s Espanyol are perhaps the team in La Liga to watch right now if you’re a neutral. No club has been involved in more goals in the Spanish top division this season with 11 goals scored and 16 goals allowed.
Their most recent two games, which ended in 2-2 draws with Valencia and Cadiz, respectively, were particularly entertaining and disastrous in equal measure as goalkeeping gaffes by Alvaro Fernandez and Benjamin Lecomte respectively undid all the hard work done at the other end of the field.
However, Joselu has remained a regular in a disorganized Espanyol team, scoring six goals in eight LaLiga outings so far this season. After joining the team in the summer, the 32-year-old has adapted excellently. Last weekend, he provided two outstanding finishes at Cadiz to ensure that Los Pericos left with a point.
Edu Exposito and Vinicius Souza, two recent additions, are becoming more at ease with each game while the great Sergi Darder, who is behind him, continues to control the action in the middle of the field.
Martinez, one of the brightest young coaches in the Spanish game who led Granada to the Europa League quarterfinals in 2021, will be eager to take on the challenge of turning a talented bunch of players into dependable performers who can compete for the top half as the season go forward. The visitors, who were promoted last season, can be reasonably pleased with their start to the season as eight points from eight games have kept them securely above the early relegation mire.
Given that Real Betis was dismissed to 10 men after 35 minutes of play, last weekend’s 0-0 draw with them was a little disappointing, but Los Blanquivioletas’ 3-2 victory over Getafe the week before showed they can win tough games away from home.
The positivism and ambition of Pacheta’s team, a coach known for his passion and his ability to get relegation-threatened clubs playing attractive, free-flowing football, were evident in the fact that eight of the ten starting outfield players that day attempted at least one shot on goal.
Pucela has struggled on a few times this season, with a home loss to Cadiz before the international break demonstrating that poor goal-scoring will cost them when they return to the top division.
We anticipate another interesting encounter in which Espanyol will draw for the third time in a row.
Given that the visitors must shoot on sight, Joselu, who has scored in his past three home games, should pose difficulties for Pacheta’s team.