Sevilla vs Espanyol Match Analysis & Prediction
04/05/2023 8:30 pm
After beating Getafe at the weekend, relegation-threatened Espanyol will be looking to record a second straight victory when they travel to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to face Sevilla on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the hosts will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Girona.
Following his appointment as Sevilla manager in March, Jose Luis Mendilibar began his tenure with five wins and two draws in his first seven competitive matches before Girona arrived in Andalusia on Monday.
After claiming four successive victories, Sevilla would have entered the contest in a confident mood, but goals from Girona’s Juanpe and Taty Castellanos brought Los Nervionenses’ unbeaten run to an abrupt end, but they remain in 11th place and now targeting a top-half finish.
Thursday’s encounter with Espanyol represents the club’s final game before they face juventus in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals, and Mendilibar will be hoping his side can avoid successive defeat, as they look to build confidence ahead of their trip to Turin.
Sevilla are unbeaten in their last nine competitive meetings with Espanyol, and they have the chance to complete a league double after winning 3-2 when the two sides met in September.
Former Espanyol player Luis Garcia replaced Diego Martinez in the dugout at the start of April following a run of four consecutive defeats.
Garcia was unable to oversee an immediate upturn in fortunes, with his first four matches in charge producing one draw and three losses.
The Espanyol manager knew his side could ill-afford another poor result in Saturday’s crucial home game against Getafe, and his men did not let him down, edging out their relegation rivals through Joselu’s 38th-minute penalty.
Although Espanyol remain in the relegation zone, they will hope that the narrow 1-0 victory will act as a catalyst for a positive run of results as they look to close the two-point gap to safety.
If the Periquitos are to stay up then they will need to improve upon their recent away form, having lost their last five matches on the road, conceding al least two goals in each of those defeats.
Sevilla vs. Espanyol Head to head
In the 55 previous meetings between these two teams, Sevilla have claimed 32 victories while Espanyol have won 12, and they have drawn in 11. Espanyol have scored 64 goals and conceded 102 in the process.
Sevilla Team News
Marcao’s first season as a Sevilla player has been hampered by injuries, and the defender remains sidelined for Thursday’s contest alongside Joan Jordan.
The hosts may also be without the services of Tanguay Nianzou, while Jesus Navas, Ivan Rakitic and Suso could all return to the starting lineup.
Sevilla's Last 5 Matches
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Espanyol Team News
Espanyol’s Jose Gragera has been sidelined for the last two matches, and the 22-year-ld remains a doubt for this game.
Javi Puado could come into the side to replace Martin Braithwate, who will serve a one-game suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards.
Espanyol's Last 5 Matches
08/04/2023Espanyol1Athletic Bilbao2La Liga
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Sevilla vs. Espanyol: Odds and Predictions
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