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Leganés will be visiting RCDE Stadium on Sunday for the La Liga tie with home team Espanyol.
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Espanyol will be hoping for a better result following a 2-1 La Liga losing effort in their last game against Real Sociedad.
In that match, Espanyol had 36% possession and 4 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Espanyol was David López (10'). For their opponents, Real Sociedad got 12 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Willian José (56') and Alexander Isak (84') scored for Real Sociedad.
Espanyol have struggled with their forward play in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 4 vs opponents during the course of their previous six matches. In those games, Periquitos have also seen the number of goals against them total 7. Regardless, time will tell if such a trend will persist in this game or not.
Ahead of this meeting, Espanyol are without a win at home for the past 2 matches in the league.
After a losing effort in their last game against Seville in La Liga action, Leganés will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Leganés managed 41% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 on target. At the other end, Sevilla FC had 11 shots at goal with 6 on target. Óliver Torres (23', 35') and Munir El Haddadi (82') scored for Seville.
The numbers tell their own story, and Leganés have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 10 goals in total. At the back, Leganés have some weaknesses to address. Previous results aside, we’ll just have to find out whether the trend shall continue on in this next match.
Coming into this contest, Leganés have not won away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 16/04/2017, both clubs have shared the honours with Espanyol winning 3 of those games, Leganés 3 and 0 being drawn in regulation time.
A combined sum of 12 goals were produced between them in this period, with 6 for Periquitos and 6 created by Leganés. That’s an average goals per game of 2.
The last league fixture between the two was LaLiga match day 18 on 22/12/2019 which ended up with the score at Leganés 2-0 Espanyol.
That day, Leganés had 40% possession and 11 shots at goal with 5 on target. Goals were scored by Martin Braithwaite (11') and Youssef En-Nesyri (54').
At the other end, Espanyol had 9 shots on goal with 3 on target.
The referee was Javier Alberola Rojas.
Team News: Espanyol
Espanyol manager Francisco Rufete will be thankful to have no fitness worries at all before this match with a fully healthy group ready to go.
It looks as if Periquitos will possibly opt for a 4-2-3-1 system for the game, handing starts to Diego Lopez, Didac Vila, Leandro Cabrera, Bernardo Espinosa, Víctor Gómez, Marc Roca, David Lopez, Sergi Darder, Lei Wu, Adrián Embarba and Raúl de Tomás.
Team News: Leganés
Leganés boss Javier Aguirre has multiple availability issues to deal with. Óscar Rodríguez (Muscle Injury), Guido Carrillo (Hamstring Injury) and Alexander Szymanowski (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) miss out here.
We reckon that Leganés could decide to elect for a 3-4-2-1 system, giving starts to Ivan Cuellar, Unai Bustinza, Chidozie Collins Awaziem, Dimitris Siovas, Aitor Ruibal García, Rubén Pérez, Recio, Kevin Rodrigues, Javier Avilés, Bryan Gil and Miguel Angel Guerrero.
Leganés and Espanyol may well both score, with little between these two teams.
Shouldn’t be much in it, and a draw looks quite a realistic result. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very even match with a 1-1 score draw at the end of the 90.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: RCDE Stadium (40,500)
Captain: Javi López
Chairman: Chen Yansheng
Manager: Francisco Rufete
Competitions: LaLiga position 20, Europa League Qual. (Play-Offs)
🔑 Key Man: David López
Mostly taking to the field in the Central Defensive Midfielder position, David López was born in Barcelona, Spain. Having made a first senior appearance for Espanyol in the 2010 - 2011 season, the gifted Midfielder has managed 3 league goals in the LaLiga 2019 - 2020 season so far in 26 appearances.