Espanyol vs Athletic Club Predictions & Match Preview

Espanyol vs Athletic Club

Espanyol vs Athletic Club predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the hosts target a 4th straight win at the RCDE Stadium.

DateTuesday 26th October 2021
Kick-Off21:00 (local time)
StadiumRCDE Stadium
CompetitionLaLiga

Espanyol vs Athletic Club Preview


Espanyol stadium

Espanyol are back at the RCDE Stadium on Tuesday night hoping to build on an impressive run of strong home showings against an Athletic side that has made a pretty good start to the new campaign.

The hosts come into the game on the back of a weekend point at Elche. It could have been more after quick-fire goals from Manu Morlanes and Raul De Tomas put them 2-1 up early in the 2nd Half but a late leveller denied the Catalan club a first away win of the season. Overall though Vicente Moreno has plenty of reason to be content with how things are panning out so far and they’ve shown enough quality to suggest they will comfortably re establish themselves at this level.

They have the chance to record a fourth straight home win here. There is a growing energy about the RCDE Stadium, in total contrast to their miserable 2019/20 relegation campaign. Victories over Alaves and Cadiz, either side of a memorable 2-1 win over Real Madrid, should ensure they approach this game full of confidence with three points the target again.

That won’t come easy against a disciplined Athletic side. They have looked better for the summer break with things tailing off slightly in the latter stages of last season, perhaps understandably so given those two painful cup final defeats. Marcelino has established an effective formula in his preferred 4-4-2 formation and it is yielding positive results.

They would have been the only remaining unbeaten team in LaLiga had they not conceded a Stoppage Time goal against Rayo Vallecano on matchday 6. That was also a midweek game and Marcelino perhaps got it wrong by rotating too much and you wonder if he will have learned a lesson from that and will field a much stronger eleven here as a result. You’d have thought he would be reluctant to change too much following an impressive 2-1 victory over Villarreal at the weekend.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Athletic Wins, 2 Espanyol Wins, 3 Draws.
  • Espanyol are unbeaten in their last 6 home games against this opposition.
  • They won 3 of those games, drawing the other 3.
  • The most recent meeting was a 1-1 draw in Barcelona in January 2020 with Athletic having won 3-0 in Bilbao earlier that season.

Team News

Javi Puado and Oscar Melendo are expected to be absent again for Espanyol.

Asier Villalibre and Peru Nolaskoain are nearing fitness for the visitors but this game may still come too soon.

Predicted Espanyol Starting Lineup:

D. Lopez – Gil, Gomez, Cabrera, Pedrosa – Darder, Morlanes – Embarba, Melendo, Melamed – De Tomas (4-2-3-1)

Predicted Athletic Club Starting Lineup:

Simon – Capa, Vivian, Martinez, Balenziaga – Berenguer, Vencedor, D. Garcia, Muniain – R. Garcia, Williams (4-4-2)


Espanyol vs Athletic Club Predictions


Score Prediction: Espanyol 1-1 Athletic Club

This promises to be a really competitive game and it’s tough to pick a winner. Espanyol are playing with real belief and at times genuine quality but Athletic have looked more like a team that will go away and get results this season. They’ve only conceded a single goal so far this season on their travels without losing and look capable of getting something here.


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