60 minRight, we have 30 minutes remaining in this match. Rayo remain a threat on the counter, but they cannot seem to force their way through a stern Espanyol defence.
57 minThe away side are just preparing their first change of the match as Espanyol continue to make the forward running. Verdu comes close to his third with a header but it moves over the crossbar from close range.
54 minBut Espanyol remain a threat on the counter. You just get the feeling that the next goal could decide this match. It really is end-to-end football at the moment.
52 minDecent response from Rayo as they flood forward with Piti, but again it?s good defending from the home side. They are up for this match today that is for certain.
47 minEspanyol launch the first attack of the second half as Verdu advances down the left, but his cross is blocked for a corner, which is cleared.
46 minHere we go then. Rayo kick us off in the second period. Let's hope for goals at the Estadi RCDE.
4pmIt is understood that neither side will make any changes at the interval. I backed a home 2-1 win before the match and I can see that happening. The next goal is all-important in this one.
3.56pmEspanyol have also had more shots on target - four to Rayo's three. Both sides have had good chances to extend their tally. But a goal apiece at the break is a fair reflection of the first half.
3.52pmLet's take a look at some statistics from the opening half of football. Espanyol have dominated possession with 52% of the ball, while they have had five attempts to Rayo's four.
3.48pmSo there we have it. An enjoyable half of football is brought to an end with the sides level at 1-1. Leo handed the away side the lead after 12 minutes, but Verdu levelled for Espanyol five minutes before the break.
35 minEspanyol continue to look for the run of Stuani, but the striker has been ruled offside on more than one occasion. It is such an even contest at the moment.
33 minNo real chances for either side in the past 10 minutes or so. The match has sort of developed into a settled pattern. But we all know how quickly that can change.
31 minThe match has just become ever so sloppy in the past few moments with both sides exchanging possession in midfield. It's end-to-end stuff.
29 minRayo very much remind me of the Blackpool side in the Premier League a couple of seasons ago. Full of talent and attacking invention, but you just know that you will get chances against them. 30 minutes played at the Estadi RCDE.
27 min... but Tito jumps highest to clear the danger. Rayo advance down the other end, but the danger is cleared.
27 minChance for the home side to put in a dangerous cross as Longo is felled in a wide position...
25 minIt must be said that the pressing from Rayo has been brilliant thus far. Espanyol are not playing badly, but they are being crowded as soon as they take a touch.
23 minRayo continue to play the better football with Fuego and Abu controlling possession in midfield. However, the home side remain a threat on the counter attack.
21 minChance! So nearly an equaliser for the home side as Verdu picks up possession inside the box, but he fires his effort just wide of the post.
19 minDecent response from Espanyol in the past few moments with Verdu and Longo combining in attack, but they just cannot find the elusive final ball.
17 minRayo have control of possession at the moment. Meanwhile, the home side continue to give away a host of fouls in midfield.
15 minEspanyol are not happy here as they continue to give away a host of fouls in their own half. This match has just exploded into life. It is so important that they do not conceed in the next five minutes or so.
13 minThere is big controversy here. It does not appear that the ball crossed the line. However, the away side will take that. Espanyol's poor home home shows no signs of ending.
11 minRayo have the lead as Leo heads home from close range. However, replays have shown that the ball may have not crossed the line.
2.45pmTeam News: Wakaso and Samuele Longo both start for the home side. Meanwhile, Piti and Alejandro Dominguez are paired in attack for Rayo. Full teams to follow.
2.42pmHowever, they returned to the winning trial against Deportivo La Coruna before the international break and will harbour hopes of embarking on a winning run once more.
2.42pmIn one of the most bizarre matches of the season, they scored three late goals while 4-0 down away to Atletico Madrid as they showed their defensive frailties and attacking ability all in one match. They were then beaten by Real Madrid and comprehensively against Real Valladolid.
2.39pmMeanwhile, Rayo began their league season with two consecutive wins over Granada and Real Betis, before picking up a home point against Sevilla. However, their form has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks.
2.36pmTwo more defeats came against Real Betis and Atletico Madrid, but a 1-1 draw away at Real Valladolid came before the international break - and it was their most impressive performance of the season.
2.33pmThe team news is just filtering through. Meanwhile, let's take a look at how both sides have fared in their opening seven league matches. Espanyol began with three successive defeats against Mallorca, Real Zaragoza and Levante, before securing a home point against Athletic Bilbao.
2.30pmHello all! We remain with La Liga this afternoon as Espanyol attempt to move off the foot of the table at home to an inconsistent Rayo outfit. Having watched both of these sides closely this season, I have a feeling that goals could be on the agenda.