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Espanyol journey to Estadio Carlos Belmonte on Sunday for the La Liga 2 meeting with hosts Albacete.
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Albacete will be hoping for a better result after the 0-1 La Liga 2 losing effort in their last game against Castellón.
In that game, Albacete managed 66% possession and 16 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Castellón got 10 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Jorge Fernández (63') scored for Castellón.
Albacete have struggled with their forward play in more recent games. Their goals record equals just 4 against opposition teams during their previous six outings. In those meetings, Queso Mecánico have also seen the tally of goals that have gone against them come to 6.
Going into this contest, Albacete have not emerged victorious against Espanyol in their previous 2 league matches.
Espanyol will go into this game after a 4-0 La Liga 2 win as they beat Fuenlabrada in their previous outing.
In that match, Espanyol had 77% possession and 18 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. For Espanyol, the goalscorers were Raúl de Tomás (18', 65') and Adri Embarba (29'). At the other end, Fuenlabrada got 4 attempts on goal with 1 on target. Rubén Pulido (41' Own goal) scored for Fuenlabrada.
Indicating their bias toward action-packed encounters, we’ve seen goals 20 times in the last 6 games in which Espanyol have played, giving a mean average of 3.33 goals each fixture. Opposition teams have hit 5 of these goals. Regardless, time will tell whether such a trend will be replicated in this upcoming game.
Going into this contest, Espanyol haven't been defeated in their previous 5 away league matches.
Head to head
The previous league clash featuring these sides was La Liga 2 match day 1 on 12/09/2020 and the score finished Espanyol 3-0 Albacete.
On that occasion, Espanyol managed 71% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Goals were scored by Melendo (14'), Wu Lei (25') and Adri Embarba (91').
At the other end, Albacete got 7 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
The match was refereed by Saúl Ais Reig.
Team News: Albacete
Albacete manager Alejandro Menéndez will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match with a fully injury-free squad to pick from.
Team News: Espanyol
Thanks to a largely full-strength group, there is just the sole fitness worry for the Espanyol boss Vicente Moreno to contend with. Miguelón (Knee Injury) misses out for this game.
In our view, Albacete should be able to find the back of the net against this Espanyol side, however a single goal may not be enough to prevent defeat.
We’re going for both teams to score in a 1-2 winning score for Espanyol after 90 minutes. There looks to be little in this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Carlos Belmonte (18,000)
Captain: Álvaro Arroyo
Chairman: Georges David Kabchi
Manager: Alejandro Menéndez
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 22
🔑 Star Man: Alfredo Ortuño
Generally deployed in the Striker position, Alfredo Ortuño was born in Yecla, Spain. After making a first senior appearance for Albacete in the 2008 - 2009 season, the dangerous Forward has bagged 4 league goals in this LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 season so far in 26 appearances.