With Eibar and Espanyol’s European hopes dying as quickly as they had begun, Tuesday’s dead rubber clash provides chance for both to experiment.
Quique Sanchez Flores has watched his Espanyol deteriorate from being on the brink of the Europa League places to ten points separating them from relegation.
Despite elimination from LaLiga being highly unlikely, the Catalan club need to turn their fortunes around and without a win in their last four and no goals either, Flores’ position could be up for question.
WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL 2018 / KICK-OFF AT 18:30 UK / ESTADIO RCDE
Although the Spaniard can take heart from their record at home, the Parakeet’s are yet to lose in their last five outings at the RCDE Stadium.
Eibar similar to their counterparts were amongst the top-half for the majority of the season although a six game win-less run leaves them with nothing to play for.
Disappointing displays in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Alaves has left Jose Mendilibar with a lot to think about.
Espanyol encounter no new injuries as they enter into midweek, Didac Vila is expected to start at left-back and attacking duo Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno should continue up top.
The same cannot be said for Eibar, Fabian Orellana remains doubtful following a hamstring problem allowing room for Joan Jordan.
Fullback Anaitz Arbilla also has a similar problem meaning Paulo Oliveira will start as Mendilibar looks to close the eight point gap on Europe.
Espanyol: Lopez; Vila, Lopez, Hermoso, Sanchez, Piatti, Sanchez, Darder, Melendo, Baptistao and Moreno
Eibar: Dmitrovic; Angel, Oliveira, Ramis, Capa, Garcia, Escalante, Alejo, Jordan, Leon and Garcia
Both are out of form and have struggled to score goals, I expect a stalemate. Espanyol have only scored 26 goals all term and with Moreno being the main contributor, if Eibar can keep him quiet, they could have a chance to down the hosts good home record. 1-1