Rayo Vallecano will open up the weekend action in La Liga as they host an in-form Espanyol.
The home side fought back following a 5-1 defeat to Alaves last week to hold Real Sociedad in the midweek game, but they will have their work cut out for them on Friday night against Rubi’s impressive visitors.
Goals from Luis Advincula and Oscar Trejo had given Rayo the lead in midweek, but they were unable to hold on for a vital win after Willian Jose struck late for the Basque side.
They will have taken encouragement from it though and will approach Friday’s game in good spirits.
Espanyol, have been superb this season and remain unbeaten at the RCDE stadium. Rubi’s men are making a real impression and picked up their third straight clean sheet against Eibar on Tuesday – winning the game 1-0 thanks to a Mario Hermoso goal.
Gorka Elustondo is out for several weeks with a groin injury, whilst Abdoulaye Ba is back from a ban and should slot in at centre-back for the home side.
For the visitors, David Lopez is struggling with a knock so Oscar Duarte is likely to feature at centre-back. Leo Baptistao is also a minor doubt but is expected to play.