Espanyol vs Huesca predictions, H2H and match preview for this Friday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as this weekend’s action kicks off.
DATE/TIME – Friday 22nd February, 21:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – RCDE Stadium
COMPETITION – La Liga
This Friday’s game sees Huesca back in action just four days after their 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao. That was a real blow after some great results heading into that match. Even so, Huesca will further close in on the sides above them if they can cause an upset and get the points here but it won’t be easy against an Espanyol side that has a pretty strong home record this season.
Espanyol are missing Javi Lopez to suspension while attacking players Pablo Piatti and Sergio Garcia are both out injured. That leaves them a bit short on wide options but it has presented a chance to Chinese international Wu Lei. While there is an element of scepticism over the deal to bring him to the club given Espanyol’s Chinese ownership, he is a player with a formidable goal record in the Chinese Super League, which is of a pretty high standard these days following an influx of the best Asian and international talent.
Huesca meanwhile have looked more solid defensively in some recent games but are expected to revert to a back four and more of a 4-3-3 formation here. The absence of right-back Jorge Miramon is one reason for that and he will be a big miss as the suspended defender has been one of their best players this term. With an extra body further up the pitch, we hopefully should see more of Huesca in the final third here than we did last time out.
Both sides are likely to go 4-3-3 and it could be a better contest than many are expecting as it’s a game both sides will see as one they can potentially win.
Espanyol vs Huesca Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Espanyol
Betting Tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.95 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
In ordinary circumstances a draw would be a decent result for Huesca here but with only 18 points on the board and just 14 games to play, they are in a position where they need to gamble and target wins against certainly anyone from mid-table down. Their likely formation switch away from a back five should open things up a bit and we could see a few goals. Espanyol are the more clinical side though with Borja Iglesias up top and they are the most likely victors.
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Espanyol vs Huesca H2H
- Espanyol beat Huesca 2-0 in the reverse fixture.
- There have been no other meetings this century.
One to Watch – Wu Lei
Wu Lei, Wang Shuang win top awards at Chinese Super League galahttps://t.co/EsTxg9BT7O pic.twitter.com/BhiCUazkkg
— China.org.cn (@chinaorgcn) February 21, 2019
Wu Lei is set for another start here. The star of the Chinese Super League is hoping to make a big impression in La Liga and will fancy he can net his first Espanyol goal in this one.
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Predicted Line Ups
Diego Lopez – Vila, David Lopez, Heromoso, Rosales – Darder, Roca, Granero – Lei, Iglesias, Melendo (4-3-3)
Santamaria – Galan, Etxeita, Pulido, Akapo – Herrera, Rivera, Gomez – Hernandez, Ferreiro, Gallego (4-3-3)
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