Almeria vs Espanyol Match Analysis & Prediction
27/01/2023 11:00 pm
Almeria and Espanyol meet at Power Horse Stadium – Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on Friday, with the hosts looking to reverse a four-game league winless run while the visitors aiming to extend their La Liga winning run to three.
Almeria played out a 2-2 draw against Valencia at Estadio de Mestalla in their last league match, extending their winless run to four, leaving them in 14th place on 19 points from 18 matches, one point and just behind their upcoming opponents.
Rubi’s side have recorded five wins, one draw and three losses this season in nine La Liga matches at Power Horse Stadium, with their last home victory coming back on November 9 when they beat Getafe 1-0.
However, they have failed to win any league matches since, playing out three draws while losing one of their last four La Liga games home and away, including the stalemate with Valencia last time out.
Espanyol claimed a 1-0 home victory over Real Betis in their last league match to extend their unbeaten run to four, leaving them in 13th place on 20 points through 18 matches.
Diego Martinez’s side have not lost any of their three La Liga matches played in 2023, winning two and drawing one, with the stalemate coming by a 2-2 scoreline at home against Girona in their first league match of the new calender year.
They have also been active in the Copa del Rey, playing two matches in the cup this year – firstly beating Celta Vigo 3-1 after extra time on January 3 before they went on to lose 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on January 18.
In league matches away from home this season, Espanyol have collected 11 points from 27 available, and will be out to extend a four-game away unbeaten run. The last time they were beaten away was October 2022 against Osasuna.
Almeria vs. Espanyol Head to head
In the 15 previous meetings between these two sides across all cmpetitions, Almeria have claimed four victories while Espanyol have won seven, and they have drawn in four. Espanyol have scored 24 goals and conceded 14 in the process.
Almeria Team News
El Bilal Toure has been the most prolific player for Almeria in the final third this season, and he is the club’s leading goalscorer with four goals.
He is likely to start as the lone striker, supported by Leo Baptistao, Lucas Robertone and Largie Ramazani in a probable 4-2-3-1 formation, with Fernando Martinez in goal.
Almeria's Last 5 Matches
08/01/2023Almeria0Real Sociedad2La Liga
15/01/2023Almeria1Atletico Madrid1La Liga
Espanyol Team News
Joselu has been the key player for Espanyol in attack this season, scoring 10 goals and he ranks second in the league’s scoring charts in 2022-23.
He is likely to start in a front three alongside Martin Braithwaite and Javi Puado in a 4-3-3 formation, with Aleix Vidal Parreu, Vinicius Souza and Sergi Darder starting in midfield.
Espanyol's Last 5 Matches
03/01/2023Espanyol(E)3Celta Vigo1Copa del Rey
18/01/2023Athletic Bilbao1Espanyol0Copa del Rey
21/01/2023Espanyol1Real Betis0La Liga
Almeria vs. Espanyol: Odds and Predictions
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