Espanyol vs Elche: prediction for the La Liga fixture
A previous season in Segunda was an easy one for Espanyol. Team got off to a strong start in the new campaign, but team lacks consistency and rotation.
The Budgerigars got off to a great start in the Spanish Cup, Vicente Moreno's men beat Solares (3:2), Palencia (2:1) and Ponferradina (2:1 on pens) in first rounds.
After 19 rounds of La Liga The White-Blues have seven victories and five draws, which brought 26 points and an 11th spot in the standings. Team has a weak offensive line, they scored only 22 goals in the current season.
In three most recent rounds Catalan team beat Levante (4:3), suffered a defeat to Celta (1:3) and on last day of December recorded an away victory over Valencia (2:1).
Herrera and Lopez won't feature today.
Team from Alicante province surprised everyone in the previous season - a modest side managed to avoid relegation and fans hope that this season will end in a same result. Team's biggest achievement is the final of Copa del Rey in 1969.
In the current edition of Spanish Cup Blancoverdes recorded victories over Lejona (2:0), Unionistas (1:0) and on January 6 team also beat Almeria (2:1).
So far the Green-striped Ones are also relatively successful in La Liga, in 19 rounds they recorded three victories and seven draws, which brought 16 points and a 17th spot in the standings, one step away from the relegation zone. Team's weakest link is their offensive line, they scored less than one goal per game on average.
After a successful match against Cadiz (3:1) Francisco's men suffered two defeats and started the 2022 with a 0:0 draw against Granada.
Milla, Mojica, Marcone and Benedetto won't play today.
This bet played in 3 out of 5 most recent matches of Espanyol
In 3 out of 5 most recent head-to-head matches goals were scored in both halves
In five most recent head-to-head matches both teams managed to score
In 3 out of 5 most recent matches of the visitors no penalties were given
We don't think that visitors will have a chance in this match, they have a slow-paced style of play and this strategy is unlikely to bring a success. We are expecting a tight clash with a number of goal opportunities. Catalan side should be able to secure a positive result, their squad is much better now.
Our prediction - Espanyol to win
The White-Blues put up an impressive string of four victories in five matches and we are expecting another great performance from them. We think that hosts will record a confident victory, they are much better than the visitors in any line-up.
Our second bet is on Espanyol to win by two goals