Real Valladolid vs Espanyol Preview

Real Valladolid vs Espanyol

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla

Date: 26th October 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

It has been a crazy season in La Liga and this game offers these teams the chance to spend a few hours in a position that they could have only dreamed of when the season began.

A win for Espanyol would take them top of La Liga ahead of their City rivals, Barcelona, while a win for Valladolid would take them to second position in the league; a huge achievement for a newly promoted side.

Valladolid have enjoyed a surprise rise up the league table over the past few weeks.

They started their season with two draws, and no goals in their first four games.

All of a sudden, they found their scoring boots on Matchday 5 when they came from 2 goals down to draw 3-3 against Celta Vigo.

They went onto win the subsequent 4 matches that have followed and see themselves inside the top six when many thought they would be fighting relegation.

Espanyol have also steadily worked their way up the table.

Their home form has been the major source of their success this season as they have won all of their home games so far.

They beat Huesca 2-0 away last time out – that was their first away win of the season and they will be hoping to get another one here against another newly promoted side.

These teams have built much of their successes this season on a solid defence.

Valladolid have the second best defencive record after Atletico Madrid having conceded in just 44% of their matches this season.

Espanyol have also conceded just 0.78 goals per game so far as they remain one of the most defencively organized teams in Spain.

Bookmakers believe Espanyol will take all three points away from home however the odds are close and goal markets suggest this could be a low-scoring tie.

 

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

Real Valladolid

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Real Betis 0-1 Real Valladolid 21 Oct, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Real Valladolid 1-0 Huesca 7 Oct, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Villarreal 0-1 Real Valladolid 30 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Real Valladolid 2-1 Levante 27 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Celta Vigo 3-3 Real Valladolid 22 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Huesca 0-2 Espanyol 21 Oct, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 3-1 Villarreal 7 Oct, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Espanyol 28 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 1-0 Eibar 25 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol 22 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Real Valladolid 1-0 Espanyol 3 May, 2014 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 4-2 Real Valladolid 22 Dec, 2013 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 0-0 Real Valladolid 3 Mar, 2013 Spanish Primera División
Real Valladolid 1-1 Espanyol 6 Oct, 2012 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 1-1 Real Valladolid 9 Nov, 2010 Spanish Copa del Rey

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