Espanyol vs Leganes
Competition – Spanish Primera
Stadium – RCDE Stadium
Date: 4th January
Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT
As La Liga resumes from its winter break, these teams face each other as they both look to enjoy varying degrees of success.
They both come into this game outside the top ten with just 2 points separating them from one another.
Espanyol’s position at the end of 2018 would have disappointed their fans after they made a strong start to the season, but they will now hope that the New Year comes with some good fortune that can help them climb the league to a European place by the end of the season.
Espanyol’s drop down the table came as a result of a shocking run of form towards the end of last season.
Espanyol lost all 6 of their last 6 La Liga fixtures and are currently just six points above the relegation zone.
They need a home win in this game to arrest their slide down the league table.
Leganes are also not having the best of campaigns as they have spent much of this season struggling against the drop, yet they come into this game just 4 points above the relegation zone.
Unlike their host though, they ended last year in a stronger fashion.
Leganes remained unbeaten in their last 7 league games of 2018 even though only two of those games ended in wins for them.
The visitors have three wins from their last nine games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last 4 away matches in all competitions.
Bookmakers have priced Espanyol up as slight odds-on favourites to come out on top here while goal markets point to a low-scoring affair as under 2.5 goals is trading heavily odds-on.
Borja Iglesias is clear favourite with bookies to score the first goal of the game.
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