Espanyol vs Eibar predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in LaLiga. Read on for analysis, free betting tips and predicted line-ups as Eibar aim to move away from the drop-zone against already relegated opposition.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Espanyol vs Eibar Preview
Espanyol play their first game since relegation to the Segunda Division was confirmed on Sunday. They will be up against an Eibar side that is desperate to avoid heading in the same direction. The Basque minnows head into the weekend with a four point advantage on the relegation zone but defeat here would set them up for a very nervy final week of the season.
This campaign has been a nightmare from start to finish for Espanyol who are now onto their fourth coach of the season in the shape of Rufete. Like the previous three though, he has been unable to turn the tide and Espanyol will be playing Segunda Division football for the first time in 26 years next season after their relegation was confirmed as they lost 1-0 at Camp Nou in midweek.
Eibar meanwhile were involved in a goalless home draw against Leganes. In the circumstances that wasn’t a disastrous result although they have picked up just one point from three games since losing Fabian Orellana and Gonzalo Escalante at the end of June after the players failed to agree to temporary extensions. Both men have since found new clubs and will be sorely missed.
With a home game against Real Valladolid to come in midweek, this isn’t quite ‘do or die’ for Eibar but they will be getting anxious about the good form of Mallorca below them and they will want to avoid any last day drama.
Espanyol vs Eibar Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-0 Eibar
Espanyol have only won twice at home this season while Eibar have only managed two away wins. Relegation can do funny things to teams and we could either see Espanyol play with a renewed sense of freedom here or we could see them fall apart altogether. If their season so far has been anything to go by, the latter seems a more likely scenario and Eibar, who have performed much better in recent away games, could sneak the victory.
Espanyol vs Eibar Betting Tips (18+)
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Espanyol vs Eibar H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Eibar Wins, 2 Espanyol Wins, 1 Draw.
- Espanyol were 2-1 winners at Ipurua earlier this term.
- They also won the last meeting at the RCDE Stadium – 1-0 in September 2018.
- Eibar have won on 2 of their 5 top flight visits to this ground.
Predicted Line Ups
Diego Lopez – Javi Lopez, Cabrera, Bernardo, Pedrosa – Darder, David Lopez, Roca – Campuzano, De Tomas, Embarba (4-3-3)
Dmitrovic – Correa, Oliveira, Bigas, Cote – León, Alvarez, Cristoforo, Inui – Charles, Kike (4-4-2)
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