Espanyol vs Athletic Club prediction, preview, team news and more

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Espanyol will face Athletic Club at Estadi Cornellà-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

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

Doubtful: Miguelon

Suspended: Nothing

Athletic club

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

Suspended: Nothing


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

Inaki Williams broke the record for consecutive La Liga games – he played 203 games in a row for Athletic Club 💪 The last time he missed a league game was in April 2016! ?? https://t.co/QakOLELDgs


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.

3 – Players must be involved in the highest proportion of goals for their team in @LaLigaFR this season: 72.7% – Karim Benzema 🇫🇷 (9G + 7A / 22).
71.4% – RAÚL DE TOMÁS (4G + 1A / 7)
71.4% – Santi Mina 🇪🇸 (2G + 3A / 7) Stellar. https://t.co/WSlLUrADQb

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


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