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Espanyol vs Villarreal

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – RCDE Stadium

Date: 18th February 2018

Kick-off time – 17:30 GMT

These two sides are good teams at least on paper but it is safe to say they have not been achieving as much as you would expect them to this season.

Espanyol head into this game with two consecutive draws against Barcelona and Celta Vigo and they will be looking to do a little better by securing a win in this game.

They are currently 15th in the league table but they have a good points cushion ahead of the drop zone.

Espanyol have an enviable home record that has seen them win over Atletico 1-0 and avoid a home defeat to Barcelona despite paying the league leaders two times in the RCDE Stadium this season.

Villarreal on the other hand have suddenly started struggling and they head into this game off the back of three consecutive losses.

One of the reasons for their drop in form is a growing list of injuries to their star men and their fans would be hoping that they can bounce back from their Europa League loss to Lyon on Thursday here.

They have a solid record against Espanyol as they have not lost any of their last 5 games against Espanyol, and are unbeaten in their last six visits to the RCDE Stadium.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Celta Vigo 2-2 Espanyol 11 Feb, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona 4 Feb, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Leganes 3-2 Espanyol 28 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol 25 Jan, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
L Espanyol 0-3 Sevilla FC 20 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División

Villarreal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Villarreal 1-2 Alavés 10 Feb, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Real Betis 2-1 Villarreal 3 Feb, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Villarreal 4-2 Real Sociedad 27 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Villarreal 2-1 Levante 20 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal 13 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Villarreal 0-0 Espanyol 21 Sep, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Villarreal 2-0 Espanyol 4 Mar, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 0-0 Villarreal 2 Oct, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 2-2 Villarreal 23 Jan, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Villarreal 3-1 Espanyol 28 Aug, 2015 Spanish Primera División

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