La Liga / Espanyol vs FC Sevilla – This should be one of more interesting matches of the 1st La Liga round, given that both teams play in the Europa League this season. Espanyol has started in the qualifications and was successful in first two rounds, while Sevilla was positioned one place higher than its hosts and will join in the group phase. Sevilla won Espanyol both times last year by minimal result.
Game Espanyol vs FC Sevilla begins 18.08.2019 at 19:00 CET
Espanyol did well last season and with winning the 7th place they qualify for the Europa League qualification. For the time being they are doing well in that competition where they have passed two obstacles, which was expected given the quality of their opponents. They won all four matches, by two against Stjarnan from Iceland and Lucerne from Switzerland, and have reached the play-off. Before that Espanyol has to play this difficult league match at the beginning of new season. Sale of team’s first forward Iglesias was a drawback for the club's ambitions. Stopper Hermoso left before him, while Vargas, Calero and Iturraspe arrived as reinforcements. They're weaker than they were last seaso, while new manager Gallego can't count on Piattia and Da. Lopez right now.
Probable lineups Espanyol: Di. Lopez – J. Lopez, Naldo, L. Lopez, Pedrosa – Darder, Roca, Melendo, Vargas – Lei Wu, Ferreyra
This will be the first competitive match for Sevilla in the new season but summer trading has brought number of changes, and the Andalusians hope that they can do better than the previous season. They disappointed with early elimination from the Europa League, while in La Lige they struggled and eventually won a modest 6th place. New manager is J. Lopetegui, and it is difficult to list all changes in the team. The biggest losses are departures of Ben Yedder and Sarabia, and we expect even six newcomers the starting line-up, five of them in midfield and attack. Banega cannot play due to suspension.
Probable lineups FC Sevilla: Vaclik – J. Navas, Kounde, Carrico, Escudero – O. Torres, Fernando, Jordan – Ocampos, L. de Jong, Munir
Betting Pick: Espanyol vs FC Sevilla
Espanyol is weaker than last season but it has already reached full competitive form unlike Sevilla. There are plenty of new players in the Andusians’ ranks and it is questionable are they fit together. That is why we will forecast that each team will score at least once.
Pick: Both teams to score
Odds: 1.74 at 10bet (down to 1.64 can be played)
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