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Espanyol are the guests at Estadio El Molinón-Enrique Castro on Sunday for the La Liga 2 game with home side Sporting Gijón.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Sporting Gijón v Espanyol are shown on this page - along with the latest match odds.
Sporting Gijón, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-1 La Liga 2 victory over Albacete.
In that game, Sporting Gijón managed 62% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for Sporting Gijón was Jean-Sylvain Babin (31'). Albacete got 12 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target.
An interesting feature of more recent Sporting Gijón games is the number of nil scores.
From their prior six matches before this one, in as many as 6 of them a wager on "Both Teams to Score" would have lost. That pattern might not follow through into this match, however.
A look at their previous results shows us that Sporting Gijón:
- have not emerged victorious against Espanyol in their previous 4 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 13 home league matches. What a fortress they have created.
Espanyol head into the match after a 1-0 La Liga 2 win vs CE Sabadell in their previous fixture.
In that game, Espanyol had 45% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for Espanyol was Raúl de Tomás (52'). On the other side, CE Sabadell FC had 10 shots on goal with 5 of them on target.
The stats tell the story, and Espanyol have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 8 goals overall. Defensively, Periquitos have been far from perfect.
A look at their previous results shows us that Espanyol:
- have not been beaten by Sporting Gijón in games played away from home for the previous 3 league matches.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 away league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 28/04/2012 shows that Sporting Gijón have won 2 of them and Espanyol 3, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
In all, 19 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 9 of them for Rojiblancos and 10 coming from Periquitos. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.17.
The last league game between the two was La Liga 2 match day 17 on 06/12/2020 when it finished Espanyol 2-0 Sporting Gijón.
That day, Espanyol managed 49% possession and 21 shots at goal with 6 on target. The goalscorers were Wu Lei (88') and Sergi Darder (97').
For their opponents, Sporting Gijón got 4 shots on goal with 0 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Gorka Sagués Oscoz.
Team News: Sporting Gijón
Sporting Gijón manager David Gallego has a full complement, with no fitness concerns at all before this game owing to a fully injury-free group available to choose from.
Team News: Espanyol
Due to a mostly healthy group, there is only the lone fitness worry for the Espanyol boss Vicente Moreno to be concerned with. Miguelón (Knee Injury) won’t be playing here.
Sporting Gijón might well have a job on their hands to put one past this Espanyol team who we think might do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
We’re therefore expecting a good battle with a 0-1 winning score for Espanyol at full-time.
There should be little in it.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio El Molinón-Enrique Castro (30,000)
Captain: Carlos Carmona
Chairman: Javier Fernández
Manager: David Gallego
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 5
🔑 Star Man: Uroš Đurđević
Customarily deployed in the Striker position, Uroš Đurđević was born in Belgrade, Serbia. After having made a senior debut playing for Rad in the 2011 - 2012 season, the dangerous Forward has got 16 league goals in this LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 campaign to date coming from a total of 26 appearances.