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Espanyol host away side Málaga at RCDE Stadium in the La Liga 2 meeting on Sunday.
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Espanyol, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 4-0 La Liga 2 success over UD Las Palmas.
In that game, Espanyol managed 50% possession and 21 shots on goal with 7 on target. For Espanyol, the goals were scored by Javi Puado (9', 14', 23') and Adri Embarba (49'). UD Las Palmas got 6 shots on goal with 1 on target.
Fixtures involving Espanyol have tended to be entertaining encounters of late with plenty of scoring anticipated. Over their past six games, the sum total of 20 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 17 of them coming from Periquitos. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be sustained into this next game, however.
Analysis of their past results shows that Espanyol:
- have not lost a league tie with Málaga in their previous 13 games. A very long unbeaten run against them.
- are unbeaten in their previous 6 league matches at home.
After tasting defeat last time out to Fuenlabrada in La Liga 2 action, Málaga and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Málaga managed 56% possession and 8 shots on goal with 0 of them on target. For their opponents, Fuenlabrada had 16 shots on goal with 6 on target. Randy Nteka (11') was the scorer for Fuenlabrada.
In 5 of the past 6 clashes featuring Málaga, a comparatively low number of goals have gone in between them and their opposition. The overall average goals scored per game in that spell comes out as a meagre 1.83, with the number of goals averaged by Los Boquerones equalling 0.83.
Looking at their past form shows that Málaga:
- haven't won against Espanyol in games played away from home for the previous 6 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are undefeated in their last 4 away league matches.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head meetings stretching back to 03/04/2016 tells us that these encounters have been disappointments for Málaga. They’ve not managed to get themselves any victories whatsoever whereas Espanyol have maintained the edge over them, finishing as winners in 67 per cent of those ties.
In all, 16 goals were scored between them in this period, with 12 from Periquitos and 4 created by Los Boquerones. That is an average goals per game value of 2.67.
The previous league match featuring these sides was La Liga 2 match day 10 on 02/11/2020 when the final score was Málaga 0-3 Espanyol.
In that game, Málaga managed 46% possession and 10 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
Espanyol had 7 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Adri Embarba (7', 56') and Raúl de Tomás (51') scored.
The referee was Saúl Ais Reig.
Team News: Espanyol
Looking at personnel, there is just the sole fitness concern for the Espanyol boss Vicente Moreno to be concerned with thanks to an otherwise robust group. Miguelón (Knee Injury) won’t play.
Team News: Málaga
Thanks to a largely full-strength group, there’s only the one fitness problem for the Málaga gaffer Sergio Pellicer to be concerned about. Iván Calero (Ruptured knee ligament) won’t be in action. Iván Calero is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Espanyol can get the win and a possible clean sheet when they meet Málaga, who might well find it difficult to score themselves.
We’re tipping a 2-0 winning margin for Espanyol at the end of the match.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: RCDE Stadium (40,500)
Captain: David López
Chairman: Chen Yansheng
Manager: Vicente Moreno
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 1
⭐ Key Player: Raúl de Tomás
Customarily used in the Striker position, Raúl de Tomás was born in Madrid, Spain. Having made his senior debut playing for Real Madrid B in the 2012 - 2013 season, the dangerous Forward has hit 20 league goals in this LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 34 appearances.