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May 14, 2022 at 5.30pm UK at Estadi Cornellà-El Prat
Espanyol
1 - 1
Valencia
de Tomas (45+2')
Merida (3'), de Tomas (45'), Darder (70'), Vila (90+2')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Gomez (37')
Alderete (90+1')

Preview: Espanyol vs. Valencia - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Espanyol and Valencia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two sides fighting it out in the middle of the La Liga table will do battle on Saturday, as Espanyol entertain Valencia.

The visitors find themselves clinging onto a place in the top half in the midst of a winless run, while their hosts sit four points worse off in 13th spot, having also endured a dismal run of form.


Match preview

Valencia coach Jose Bordalas Jimenez reacts on March 2, 2022© Reuters

After an impressive start to the La Liga season following their promotion, in which they looked set to establish themselves as a top-half outfit, Espanyol have had to endure a major dip in form recently.

A seven-game winless run early in the new year saw them drop into the bottom half, and the Periquitos now find themselves without a victory in five outings, with their last triumph coming in early April.

That win over Celta Vigo was immediately followed by three straight defeats, and, after a draw with Osasuna, they were again on the losing side last time out, falling short against relegation-threatened Alaves.

Raul de Tomas drew Espanyol level in their away trip, but a Gonzalo Escalante goal ensured they were sent home empty-handed.

Despite their poor run of form recently, Vicente Moreno's side did enough in the early stages of the season to ensure that Mallorca's failure to win last time out confirmed their survival, and they can now focus on rebuilding confidence ahead of next season.

Espanyol coach Vicente Moreno reacts in October 2021© Reuters

They welcome a Valencia team looking to correct their form in their bid to seal a top-half finish, having endured a tough run recently.

After picking up three wins and a draw from a four-game span across February and March, Los Che looked set for a comfortable top-half finish, but they have since failed to pick up another La Liga victory in seven attempts.

Consecutive defeats to Osasuna and Villarreal were followed by draws against Athletic Bilbao and basement side Levante, before Jose Bordalas's men hosted Real Betis on Tuesday.

That game remained level until near the hour mark, but Willian Jose eventually broke the deadlock and Sergio Canales and Borja Iglesias went on to hit goals to condemn Los Che to a 3-0 defeat.

With their lead over 11th place cut to just one point as a result of their dip, Valencia will be desperate to make a return to winning ways on Saturday to strengthen their position in the top half heading into the final day.

Espanyol La Liga form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

Valencia La Liga form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L

Valencia form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L


Team News

Valencia's Bryan Gil pictured on March 2, 2022© Reuters

Espanyol head into Saturday's game without key midfielder Yangel Herrera, who will serve a suspension after he was sent off last time out.

Keidi Bare and Oscar Gil will also continue spells on the sidelines due to injuries, with Fran Merida expected to come into the central unit in the absence of the former and Herrera.

Star forward Raul de Tomas will be hoping to again add to his goal tally after moving onto 16 for the season in La Liga in their eventual defeat to Alaves.

Valencia will likely remain without centre-back Gabriel Paulista, who missed out on the recent Real Betis game through an injury.

They will, however, welcome Hugo Guillamon and left-back Jose Gaya back to action after they served suspensions last time out.

Young Spanish forward Bryan Gil is yet to find the net in the Spanish top flight since arriving on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in January, but he could again be given the nod in a front two.

Espanyol possible starting lineup:
Lopez; Vidal, Calero, Gomez, Cabrera; Melendo, Merida, Darder; Puado, De Tomas, Melamed

Valencia possible starting lineup:
Mamardashvili; Correia, Diakhaby, Alderete, Foulquier, Gaya; Soler, Guillamon, Moriba; Gil, Duro


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We say: Espanyol 1-2 Valencia

With two sides struggling for form doing battle, this contest could certainly go either way, and we just lean towards an away win.

De Tomas, in particular, could cause Bordalas's side plenty of problems, but Los Che need a victory to strengthen their place in the top half, and we back them to make a return to winning ways.




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Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 2.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 2.5:data


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How you voted: Espanyol vs Valencia

Espanyol
28.6%
Draw
31.4%
Valencia
40.0%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CReal Madrid38268480314986
2Barcelona382110768383073
3Atletico MadridAtletico38218965432271
4Sevilla381816453302370
5Real Betis381981162402265
6Real Sociedad381711104037362
7Villarreal3816111163372659
8Athletic Bilbao381413114336755
9Valencia381115124853-548
10Osasuna381211153751-1447
11Celta Vigo381210164343046
12Rayo Vallecano38119183950-1142
13ElcheElche38119184052-1242
14Espanyol381012164053-1342
15Getafe38815153341-839
16CadizCadiz38815153551-1639
17Mallorca38109193663-2739
RGranada38814164461-1738
RLevante38811195176-2535
RAlavesAlaves3887233165-3431

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