Espanyol vs Athletic Club prediction, preview, team news and more
Espanyol will face Athletic Club at Estadi CornellÃ -El Prat on Thursday in La Liga.
Espanyol entered this game following a 2-2 draw against Elche de Fran Escriba in the league. Goals from Argentina strikers Lucas Boye and Dario Benedetto for Elche were wiped out by goals from young midfielder Manu Morlanes and striker Raul de Tomas for Espanyol.
Athletic Club, on the other hand, beat Unai Emery’s Villarreal 2-1 in La Liga. Goals from seasoned forward Raul Garcia and forward Iker Muniain sealed the deal for Marcelino’s Athletic Club. French midfielder Francis Coquelin scored the consolation goal for Villarreal.
Head to head Espanyol vs Athletic Club
In 31 confrontations between the two teams, Espanyol holds the advantage. They won 12 games, lost 10 and shot nine.
The two clubs last met last year in La Liga as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. A first half goal from striker Asier Villalibre for Athletic Club was canceled by a second half goal from former Benfica striker Raul de Tomas for Espanyol.
Espanyol form guide in La Liga: DWWLW
Guide to Athletics Club Forms in La Liga: WWDLD
Espanyol vs Athletic Club Team news
Espanyol will be without winger Javi Puado and Albanian midfielder Keidi Bare, as there are doubts about the availability of right-back Miguelon. Other than that, there are no known issues and manager Vicente Moreno should have a fit squad at his disposal.
Injured: Keidi Bare, Javi Puado
Meanwhile, Athletic Club boss Marcelino will be unable to enlist the services of former Paris Saint-Germain left-back Yuri Berchiche and midfielder Peru Nolaskoain. There are doubts about the availability of center-back Unai Nunez.
Injured: Yuri Berchiche, Peru Nolaskoain
Doubtful: Unai Nunez
Espanyol vs Athletic Club Predicts XI
Espanyol Predicts XI (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez, Aleix Vidal, Sergi Gomez, Leandro Cabrera, Adria Pedrosa, Manu Morlanes, Sergi Darder, Adri Embarba, Fran Merida, Wu Lei, Raul de Tomas
Predicted XI Track and Field Club (4-4-2): Unai Simon, Inigo Lekue, Daniel Vivian, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga, Alex Berenguer, Oscar de Marcos, Unai Vencedor, Iker Muniain, Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia
Espanyol vs Athletic Club prediction
Espanyol are currently 11th in the standings. Forward Raul de Tomas has had a good start to the season, while more is expected from Chinese forward Wu Lei.
Athletic Club, meanwhile, are 7th in the standings, three points ahead of Espanyol with one game less. Forwards Iker Muniain and Inaki Williams are two of the team‘s most important forwards and have done well for the club in recent years.
Athletic Club are expected to overtake Espanyol.
Prediction: Espanyol Athletics Club 0-1