Espanyol vs Albacete Match Preview & Prediction

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Espanyol vs Albacete predictions and match preview for this Saturday’s game in LaLiga SmartBank. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and analysis as the hosts play their first league game outside the top flight in the 21st Century.

  • DATE: Saturday 12th September 2020
  • KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
  • VENUE: RCDE Stadium, Cornellà

Espanyol vs Albacete Preview

Espanyol will be kicking off their new season at the RCDE Stadium against Albacete in the first round of fixtures in the Segunda División on Saturday night. It will be the Catalan club’s first match at this level in 26 years following a disastrous top flight campaign which ended in relegation.

Under the new management of former Mallorca boss Vicente Moreno, they will be aiming to hit the ground running and hope for a great start. With new signings Óscar Gil, Miguelón and Fran Mérida, and with likes of Wu Lei, Diego López and Dídac Vilà signing new contracts, this season does look promising for the Blue and Whites. It will though be without Javi Lopez who has decided to move on after spending the last 13 seasons with the Catalans.

Looking to spoil the party and for their own reasons will be Lucas Alcaraz’s Albacete. They narrowly avoided relegation last term and they are looking forward to the new season ahead, their first full campaign under Alcaraz.

Albacete do love a big game beating the likes of Cadiz and Zaragoza while also drawing with Girona and Huesca last season showing how they can make it a tough match for whoever they play. With a new signing in the shape of Liberto and Alvaro Jimenez returning on a permanent transfer, Albacete are hoping to be more competitive this time around.

Espanyol vs Albacete H2H

  • Last 5 Competitive Meetings: 2 Espanyol Wins, 2 Albacete Wins, 1 Draw.
  • This will be the first meeting since a 2-1 Espanyol win in LaLiga way back in 2005.
  • That was Albacete’s only defeat to Espanyol during their two year stay in the top flight between 2003 and 2005.

Segunda Division predictions

Espanyol vs Albacete Predictions

Score Prediction: 3-0 Espanyol

Espanyol should be too strong for Albacete on the opening night. They still have several players who are capable of playing at the higher level and they ought to have too much quality for a lot of Segunda Division sides this season. The chance to start again under new management after the misery of last term will be a welcome one and we should see a positive reaction.

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Greg has been an admirer of Spanish football for many years with a more in-depth knowledge in particular of Catalan football clubs. He has a passion for Spanish and Catalan culture.