Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(42) 25 Goals 16 (48)
(29) 15 Assists 13 (34)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.7)
30.3 Average Age 28.9
179.8 Average Height (cm) 181.2
(0.9) 0.8 Shots pg 0.6 (0.8)
(50%) 52% Aerial Duel Success 54% (49%)
(0.4) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.2)
(1.9) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Christian Stuani Out 6.79
Raúl Baena Doubtful 6.44
Player Reason Status Rating
Patrick Ebert Out 7.46
Víctor Pérez Out 6.9
Marc Valiente Out 6.79

Team News

  • Only the top two have beaten Javier Aguirre's side since the Mexican rolled up at the end of November.
  • The six yellow cards picked up last time out has had its price with Christian Stuani now missing, so Martin Petrov and Samuele Longo are now fighting it out to take his position.
  • Mubarak Wakaso is back in full training and available again having spent 10 days working on his own after the Ghanaian arrived back two days late from the Africa Cup of Nations.
  • Beating Rayo Vallecano on their home turf is no mean feat, Real Valladolid's resilience has put them into eleventh in the league.
  • Valladolid have no fresh injury concerns, though midfielders Óscar González and Valdet Rama are both free from niggles.
  • Having sat on the bench, Óscar is likely to be the only change in a winning line-up. The attacking midfielder has provided nine goals and five assists this season.

Prediction

  • Javier Aguirre's fantastic run had to end sooner or later, but providing they are mentally intact the Mexican will feel he can galvanise another successful period of matches for the club.
  • A first win in five for Valladolid has lessened fears the team would get dragged into the relegation dog fight.
  • Espanyol should continue their ascent up the table with a comprehensive victory.
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