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Preview: Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano - predictions, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Friday’s La Liga match between Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

Espanyol When Rayo Vallecano Head to matchday two of the new La Liga season in search of their first victory at the Estadi Cornella El Prat on Friday.

Periquitos made up two goals to draw Celta Vigo 2-2, while Vallecano held off new Barcelona to a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou.

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In its second straight campaign in Spain’s top league, the Cornella de Llobregat-based club showed a lot of spirit in last weekend’s opener, even though they had just two shots on target. Regardless, he scored twice in the final 18 minutes and in stoppage time.

That draw will feel like a win for the new coach Diego Martinez They face a huge challenge bringing consistency to a team that was in the middle of the table at the halfway point of last season, but appeared out of gas at the end of the campaign and narrowly avoided relegation.

Martínez has a habit of instilling his own playing personality into his squad, but in his first league game his side looked like the same struggling defensive unit of 2021-22, with 63 minutes into play. Conceded twice within.

Dating back to the previous domestic season, Espanyol have gone eight straight without winning a La Liga match, but have scored points in their last three league matches.

They have conceded the first goal in all eight of those meetings, but the team has lost only one of their last seven league games at home.

Historically, the Perikitos have lost just one of their last 17 matches against Rayo Vallecano. That defeat went 1–0 for him last season, and only three times has he failed to find the back of the net at home against a red and white team. .

Rayo Vallecano coach Andoni Iraola during the match on March 3, 2022© Reuters

Rayo Vallecano was one of the stories in Spain’s top flight in the 2021-22 season, with some going well and some going bad.

A 12th-place finish in their first campaign back in La Liga was a satisfying achievement, but Los Vallecanos were unable to keep their 13th win in a row without a home defeat until Christmas. , looked much better as they were in early Champions League positions…and flirting with relegation.

Andoni Iraora Operating with a high-risk, high-reward approach, he uses his tireless, hard-working fullback to stretch and overload the opponent’s backline while relying on extreme attack width and verticality.

Vallecano have lost only one of their last five away games in La Liga, having lost nine of their 11 league games so far as visitors, keeping three clean sheets and two against Barcelona. It was a battle.

Despite being under pressure in the season opener at the Camp Nou, Vallecano held up solidly in the back end against Barça’s attack and on paper had the quality of any club in Europe. rice field.

Los Franjirojos are unbeaten in their last five matches against the Catalan side, keeping a clean sheet in four of them.

Espanyol La Liga form:

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Espanyol forward Raul de Tomas pictured in February 2022© Reuters

Second half goal from educational expo When Josel allowed Espanyol to end in a draw in the first match. Luca Koleosho He won his second La Liga cap and instead Ruben Sanchez Late second half.

They missed out on the top two contributors from the last national campaign. Raul De Thomas When Javi Puad Missed their game last week while the club was looking Sergi Dadar Recreating his play from last season when he led them in the country with nine assists.

On loan from Monaco, Benjamin Lecomte While conceding two of the three shots he faced in his debut, Brian Olivan He and his fellow full-backs made their first start at the back Oscar Gill Expected to provide some width for this team in attack.

stole dimitrievsky He blocked six Barça attacks and held Vallecano to a 0-0 draw in the first game of the season. Sergio CameroThe Atlético Madrid loanee started as the only striker up front and was replaced after 62 minutes. Radamel Falcao.

With the pre-season top scorer, Sergi Guardiolaback at Real Valladolid, the club looking for more production from Falcao, Alvaro Garcia Scored a total of 13 goals in the previous campaign Oscar Trejo Recorded 9 assists.

Andres Martin Due to a shoulder injury, I won’t be able to use it until the end of September. Alejandro Catena He set up Guardiola’s only goal in this match last season.

Candidates for Espanyol’s starting XI:
Lecomte; Olivan, Cabrera, Gomez, Gil. Dadar, Calero, Exposito.Embalva, Josel, Melamed

Candidates for Rayo Vallecano’s starting XI:
Dimitrievsky; F. Garcia, Catena, Lejeune, Baliu. Sith, Valentin. A. Garcia, Trejo, Salvi.falcao

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We say: Espanyol 1-1 Rayo Vallecano

Each of these teams had a bright flash last week, but they weren’t convincing enough to make us believe they had overcome the consistency issues from the previous campaign. Early season scaffolding.

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