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Valencia vs Espanyol Prediction & Betting tips
Sunday afternoon the Mestalla will again fill up, when Valencia will take on Espanyol in-house. The home team has left its moderate first half of the season and is now full for European football. The visitors are still not sure of life retention.
Valencia had a first half of the season to quickly forget, but is now well in shape again. Since the turn of the year the club from the orange city is still undefeated in La Liga and also in Europe the team is doing fine. On Thursday-evening, Glasgow won 0-2 at Celtic, giving Valencia an advance on a place in the eighth finals of the Europa League.
Because of the busy schedule and the fact that the return against Celtic for the coming week is on the calendar, chances are that Valencia will rotate a bit on Sunday afternoon. However, trainer Marcelino does not have a lot of options to change. Mouctar Diakhaby has been suspended and Santi Mina is in the rags basket, while Gabriel Paulista, Cristiano Piccini, Rodrigo Moreno and Jose Gaya all suffer from small aches. What the basic event of Sunday afternoon will look like is wait and see.
Espanyol won 2-1 against Rayo Vallecano last week and took some distance from the relegation zone. That was badly needed, because the previous eleven league matches only earned a victory. In terms of self-confidence, however, it is a mustache for the Catalans, because for the second game in a row they managed to fight back from a disadvantage.
The great seasoning of the last few weeks is the Chinese striker Wu Lei, who has already won the hearts of Espanyol fans after only two incursions. Last weekend he played an important role by earning a penalty, which was then used by Borja Iglesias. Lei is very popular in his own country and is therefore a very interesting player in marketing terms, but is also of great value to trainer Rubi. Because both Pablo Piatti and Hernan Perez are in the rags basket, chances are that Lei will make his basic debut this weekend in La Liga. He could well be a fine attack duo with Borja Iglesias, who can call himself Club Topscorer of Los Pericos with nine goals.
Valencia vs Espanyol head to head matches
26.08.18 LL Espanyol Valencia 2 : 0
08.04.18 LL Valencia Espanyol 1 : 0
19.11.17 LL Espanyol Valencia 0 : 2
13.05.17 LL Espanyol Valencia 0 : 1
15.01.17 LL Valencia Espanyol 2 : 1