15:15 GMT 29 January 2017
Espanyol host Sevilla at the RCDE stadium in match week 20 of the 2016/17 La Liga season as both teams look to pick up all 3 points so they can climb up the table. Sevilla are one of Europe’s hottest teams right now and there’s only a point that separates themselves and Real Madrid in 1st place. Espanyol are having a decent season and they find themselves in 9th after a solid first half of the season.
Espanyol have only beaten Sevilla once in their last 10 meetings, which they’ll be hoping to add to. The last game between the two sides ended with 10 goals, a 6-4 win for Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium! 7 of these 10 meetings have seen more than 2.5 goals. Head to head matches: Espanyol Barcelona - Sevilla FC
Head to head matches: Espanyol Barcelona - Sevilla FC
After a mixed run of form in the last few months in La Liga, Espanyol won’t look to make loads of changes ahead of this fixture but with 3 injuries and a player away on international duty, they will be forced into a few tweaks. Victor Sanchez and Javi Lopez both miss out through different muscular problems while Leo Baptistao remains out with a heel injury he picked up in December. Papakouli Diop is on African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal.
Latest matches: Espanyol Barcelona
|21.01.2017||LaLi||Espanyol Barcelona||Granada CF||3:1||W|
|15.01.2017||LaLi||Valencia CF||Espanyol Barcelona||2:1||L|
|06.01.2017||LaLi||Espanyol Barcelona||Deportivo La Coruna||1:1||D|
|22.12.2016||Copa||Espanyol Barcelona||Alcorcon AD||4:5||L|
|18.12.2016||LaLi||FC Barcelona||Espanyol Barcelona||4:1||L|
Sevilla manager, Jorge Sampaoli, won’t want to shuffle his pack too much for their trip to Espanyol due to some really good recent form. With several injuries and Steven N’Zonzi out with a suspension, Sampaoli will be forced into making some changes. Michael Krohn-Delhi, Samir Nasri and Vitolo will cause a tactical headache as to which wingers will be played which leaves Sevilla really short. Tremoulinas and Carrico are also both out through injury.
Latest matches: Sevilla FC
|22.01.2017||LaLi||CA Osasuna||Sevilla FC||3:4||W|
|15.01.2017||LaLi||Sevilla FC||Real Madrid||2:1||W|
|12.01.2017||Copa||Sevilla FC||Real Madrid||3:3||D|
|07.01.2017||LaLi||Real Sociedad||Sevilla FC||0:4||W|
|04.01.2017||Copa||Real Madrid||Sevilla FC||3:0||L|
Sevilla are huge favourites going into this one but with Espanyol’s home crowd behind them, they might be able to cause a massive upset. Due to the history of this fixture and how both teams have played recently, there will almost definitely be a lot of goals for both sides. I certainly can’t see past a Sevilla win.
29 January 2017 - 15:15 GMT
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