Sevilla will be playing hosts to Espanyol as they look to bounce back with a win after sustaining a 2-1 defeat to Celta Vigo recently. A win for Sevilla would push them to the fourth spot and would also make them be on level terms with thrid placed Getafe who’ve got 42 points on board. Meanwhile, Espanyol finds itself at the bottom of the table with 18 points, and a win for them would propel them away from the danger zone for the time being.
Date- Sunday, February 16
Kick-Off- 4:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
Youssef En-Nesyri will be expected to lead the line of attack for the hosts in place of Luuk de Jong. Sergi Gomez and Diego Carlos should be the centre-back pairing. Lucas Ocampos and Suso are in contention of starting out wide, while, Sergio Escudero could make his way at left-back. Oliver Torres is the only player that remains on the sidelines due to an injury.
Didac Vila is undergoing suspension for the visitors through an accumulation of bookings. Adria Pedrosa will be likely to start at the left-back position for Abelardo. Having said that, Espanyol should opt for a similar eleven that featured in the 1-0 win over RCD Mallorca recently.
SEV (Expected Playing 11)- Vaclik; Reguilon, Carlos, Gomez, Navas; Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Suso
ESL (Expected Playing 11)- Diego Lopez; J Lopez, Espinosa, Cabrera, Pedrosa; Darder, Roca, David Lopez, Embarba; Tomas, Calleri
Lucas Ocampos can be pivotal on the final third for Sevilla. Ocampos has six goals and an assist with a pass accuracy of 77.8% from 1566 minutes in the league this season.
Raul de Tomas‘ inclusion in the Espanyol side has brought in positivity. The centre-forward has four goals from four appearances in the La Liga this season with a pass accuracy of 76.7%
Ever Banega has been one of the mainstays in midfield for Sevilla. The Argentina international has two goals, six assists and a pass accuracy of 86.7% from 1702 minutes in the league this season.
Jonathan Calleri has a goal and two assists from 15 appearances for Espanyol and has a pass accuracy of 55%
From the last six encounters between the two sides, four have been won by Sevilla, while Espanyol has won just the one game. One match has ended on level terms in the same time frame.
Sevilla will be the favourites to bag all three points in front of home support.
Defenders- L Cabrera, S Reguilon, D Carlos, J Navas
Midfielders- D Lopez, S Darder, E Banega (VC)
Forwards- R d Torres, Y En-Nesyri, L Ocampos (C)
Defenders- V Gomez, S Reguilon, D Carlos, J Navas
Midfielders- A Embarba, D Lopez, E Banega
Forwards- R d Tomas (C), L Ocampos, Y En Nesyri (VC)
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