Espanyol – Leganes : Preview & Prediction
Espanyol and Leganes play at RCDE Stadium in a match of the 18th round of the Primera Division. The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years between the two teams could not be more balanced, since there were 2 victories for each team of the last 4 times that they met. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 28-01-2018, ended with the victory of Leganes by (3-2). The home / away condition deserves special attention, since although this is a match between 14th and 16th overall, this is in fact a confrontation between the 8th place in home games and the 16th as a visitor.
Espanyol is currently in 14th place with 21 points earned after 6 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, he lost at home to Betis by (1-3). In the last match, lost out to Atletico Madrid by (1-0). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they won 15 points, against only 6 in their games as a visitor. In the last eight home games for the championship, Espanyol have recorded 5 wins and 3 losses, having won 15 points out of 24. In his home games there are some frequent scorers: 0-0 (3 in 8 matches) and 1-0 (3 in 8 matches). The team conceded goals to their opponents in 8 of the last 10 games, so they have not shown great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored regularly, since they managed to achieve in 7 of the last 10 games in this competition. In 17 games in the competition, he never managed to turn the scoring in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 20 home games in all competitions there are 1 highlights: he suffered 8 of his 21 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
Espanyol come from a very negative season in the season, adding several defeats in the last matches, the last of them against Atletico Madrid. It is important to note that the home team have 6 defeats followed by the Spanish championship. In this game against his fans, coach Rubi should play in the usual tactical system, that is, 4-3-3, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks. It is important to emphasize that Espanyol has presented several defensive fragilities, however, the ability on the counterattack has surprised by the positivity. Borja Iglesias is the star of this team with 8 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Granero, suspended, besides Javi Lopez and Hermoso, these with physical problems.
After 4 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses, the Leganés is in 16th place, having won 19 points. In the last match, they drew 1-1 with Sevilla at home (1-1), after their previous match drew away in a game against Celta de Vigo by (0-0). This is a team affected by the home factor, having won 6 points as a visitor and 13 in their stadium, with 9 goals scored and 7 goals conceded at home, against 7 goals scored and 13 suffered as a visitor. In the league, Leganes had 6 points out of 27 possible, after 1 win, 3 draws and 5 losses in their last 9 away games. In his league games as a visitor, the most frequent result at half-time was 0-0 (5 out of 9 matches). His attack has scored regularly, as he has scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 17 games in this competition, he suffered the first goal 10 times and only got 1 turn on the scoreboard. In the last 11 away games for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: scored 3 of his 8 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘); suffered 5 of his 13 goals in minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Leganes arrives at this game with a 1-1 home draw at Sevilla, registering in this way the seventh straight game without losing in the Spanish league: the only goal of the team was scored by Vesga. However, we note that visitors only have 1 win in all 9 away games. In this confrontation away from home coach Mauricio Pellegrino should act with a defensive strategy, looking only the counterattack in the search of exploring the back of the adversary. It is important to highlight that the visitors have great competence in the fast transitions: Óscar Rodríguez is very fast and excellent at driving the ball to the attack. On the other hand, Guido Carrillo is the best finisher of Leganes with 5 goals scored. The exchange of passes between players is a negative aspect of this team. For this game the coach does not have Szymanowski, Muñoz and Recio, all injured.
Espanyol – Leganes : Betting Tips
Espanyol – Win Odds: 1.95
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70