In another round of La Liga matches this week, Espanyol take on an impressive Sevilla in an important encounter at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday.
Espanyol, who are currently in 18th place in the La Liga standings, have struggled to keep up with the challenges of the top flight this season. However, the away side managed to secure a crucial 1-0 victory against Getafe over the weekend and will aim to replicate that result in this game.
Meanwhile, Sevilla, 11th in the league table, have shown improvement after a poor start to their campaign. The Andalusian giants suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Girona in their last match and will be eager to bounce back in this fixture.
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Sevilla–Espanyol match preview
Espanyol, who are battling relegation, will attempt to win their second consecutive game when they travel to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to face Sevilla on Thursday, following their victory over Getafe last weekend. Sevilla, on the other hand, will look to recover from their recent 2-0 defeat by Girona.
After taking over as Sevilla manager in March, Jose Luis Mendilibar achieved five wins and two draws in his first seven games. However, their unbeaten run ended on Monday when they lost to Girona. Despite the loss, Mendilibar has led the team to safety, and they are now targeting a top-half finish.
The game against Espanyol is Sevilla’s final match before they face Juventus in the first leg of the Europa League semis. Mendilibar hopes that his team can avoid consecutive defeats and build confidence ahead of their trip to Turin. Sevilla have remained unbeaten in their last nine competitive games against Espanyol and have the opportunity to complete a league double after winning 3-2 in September.
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Former Espanyol player Luis Garcia took over as the team’s manager in April, but his first four games resulted in one draw and three losses. Espanyol’s recent victory over Getafe was crucial, and they will try to build on it to close the two-point gap to safety. However, Espanyol have lost their last five away games, conceding at least two goals in each of those defeats.
Sevilla possible starting lineup:
Dmitrovic; Navas, Bade, Gudelj, Acuna; Fernando, Rakitic; Ocampos, Suso, Gomez; En-Nesyri
Espanyol possible starting lineup:
Pacheco; Calero, Gomez, Cabrera; Gil, Melamed, Suarez, Darder, Pedrosa; Puado, Joselu
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Over the past few weeks, Sevilla’s performance has improved significantly and the team is determined to show their true potential for the rest of the season. Youssef En-Nesyri, in particular, has been a standout player for the Andalusian side and will be eager to make an impact in this upcoming match. With a series of impressive performances under his belt, he is keen to continue proving his worth and cementing his place as a vital member of the team.
On the other hand, Espanyol have faced numerous challenges this season and are struggling to keep up with the other teams. They cannot afford to make any mistakes this week and must put in their best efforts to secure a win. However, Sevilla are currently in better form and have an edge over their opponents. They are expected to come out on top and clinch a victory.
Prediction: Sevilla 2–1 Espanyol
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Date, kick-off time, venue
Sevilla will host Espanyol on May 4, 2023 at 17:30 (UTC) and 11 pm (IST) at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium in Seville city, Spain.