Espanyol v Valencia: Both sides look for first winAugust 24, 2018
Espanyol v Valencia – RCDE stadium – Sunday 26th August – Kick Off 5:15pm GMT
Both sides got their season underway with credible draws against tough opposition but will be eyeing a first win of the season in Jornada two.
Valencia have won the previous five meetings against Espanyol, with the last three all won to nil however with Los Periquitos under new management this season with Rubi, it could prove to be a sterner test than anticipated.
Los Che head into this fixture with high expectations for this season and should have enough firepower to put away Espanyol. Star player, Rodrigo is set to play alongside Santi Mina whilst Kevin Gameiro and loan signing, Michy Batshuayi are two attacking options from the bench.
Batshuayi of Chelsea replaced Simone Zaza who departed on loan to AC Milan for the rest of the season (with an option to buy.)
The home side are set to be unchanged from their draw against Celta Vigo, with Borja Iglesias set to deputise up front again as he seeks his first goal for his new club.
Key centre-back Ezequiel Garay is an injury doubt for Marcelino as new signing Mouctar Diakhaby looks to prove a point. The striker role alongside Rodrigo looks up for grabs as Gameiro and Batshuayi look to take Mina’s place, who started against Atletico Madrid.
Espanyol (4-3-3): Lopez; J.Lopez, D.Lopez, Hermoso, Vila; Sanchez, Roca, Darder; Piatti, Iglesias, Baptistao
Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Piccini, Diakhaby, Gabriel, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Wass; Rodrigo, Mina
Espanyol 0-2 Valencia