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Sevilla will be traveling to the Catalonian capital this Sunday, to take on hosts Espanyol, in what will be a very important clash for the visitors in the ongoing La Liga season.
Espanyol, which earned a place in the top flight after finishing first in the Segunda Division last season, has not registered a win in its last 7 outings, with 5 of those games being played in the La Liga. The club has managed to pick up just two points from those 5 games, and as a result, has dropped down to 13th place on the points table.
They are still 8 points ahead of the bottom 3, and in no immediate threat of relegation. The team will however be aiming for a top 10 finish this time around. The team’s previous game was an engaging one. Had it not been for a leveler in the stoppage time by Luuk de Jong, Espanyol would have scored a famous win against their local rivals F. C Barcelona.
Sevilla has been the only team that has posed a credible threat to Real Madrid’s supremacy in this season, and is currently second on the points table, trailing Real by 4 points. The team has had a congested schedule in the new year, which saw them crash out of the Copa del Rey round of 16. Playing 3 consecutive draws after that, Sevilla had managed to turn things around, and have won back-to-back games coming into this contest, including a La Liga win against Elche, and against Zagreb in the first leg of Europa League knockouts. This has been one of the best performances by Sevilla in the past few years, as they aim for a top 3 finish for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
Match prediction and betting tips for RCD Espanyol vs Sevilla F. C. La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Cornella-El Prat Stadium, Barcelona, on 20th February 2022.
The hosts have no significant injuries ahead of this game, and coach Vicente Moreno has plenty of options to play around with. He is however expected to play with the same eleven that played against Barcelona. Raul de Tomas, who is currently the second-highest scorer of the season, will once again play an important role, should the team win. He will be flanked by Javi Puado and Tonny Vilhena from the wide positions.
Sevilla will sorely miss out on Karim Rekik, Erik Lamela, Gonzalo Montiel, Suso, and Jesus Corona due to injuries, while Marcos Acuna will be serving a suspension. Anthony Martial, who is on loan from Manchester United, is likely to earn a start in this game after scoring a goal in the Europa League.
Despite playing with home advantage, we expect that Espanyol will not pose a considerable threat to the visitors. But we do expect both the teams to score at least once.
Bet on Sevilla to win.