Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(42) 22 Goals 22 (43)
(29) 15 Assists 16 (33)
(6.7) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.8)
27.5 Average Age 29.2
179 Average Height (cm) 182.2
(0.9) 0.8 Shots pg 1 (0.9)
(50%) 52% Aerial Duel Success 54% (54%)
(0.4) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.4)
(2.4) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.7 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Héctor Moreno Out 6.91
Sergio García Out 6.84
Player Reason Status Rating
David Abraham Out 6.76
Rafa Out 6.96

Team News

  • Espanyol slipped back to the bottom of the table as a late Roberto Soldado penalty denied them what would have been a valuable point away at Valencia.
  • To compound that loss, the Catalans will also be without Hector Moreno and Sergio Garcia for two and four games respectively after both were sent-off for protesting against the penalty award.
  • Moreno's absence will mean a return for Diego Colotto in central defence, whilst Simao may finally get a run in the side as a result of Garcia's suspension.
  • Javi Lopez is also expected to return at right-back with Victor Sanchez moving back into midfield.
  • Getafe meanwhile moved back into the top-half thanks to a comeback 2-1 win over Valladolid last time out.
  • Angel Lafita was the match winner with a superb individual effort and he may be rewarded with a start at the expense of Jaime Gavilan.
  • Otherwise though Luis Garcia is expected to name the same side as last weekend as neither David Abraham or Rafa are ready to return in defence.

Prediction

  • Just when Espanyol seemed to be gaining momentum two consecutive defeats and the added uncertainty off the pitch brought about by club presidential elections has brought them back to rock bottom.
  • This is exactly the type of game they need to start winning at home if they are to move up the table, but Getafe are tricky opponents that should cause the hosts problems with their band of three creative players behind the main striker.
  • Moreno and Garcia's absence is also a major blow for the home side, who will almost certainly need another top performance from Joan Verdu if they are to take all three points.
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