Espanyol suffered their first defeat under Javier Aguirre last weekend as they were outclassed by Barcelona in the Catalan derby.
Defeat left Los Pericos still in the bottom three but they can ensure they move out of the relegation zone with a win on Saturday against a Celta side just three points above them in the table.
Hector Moreno will be suspended for the hosts after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the Camp Nou, whilst Mubarak Wakaso is away with Ghana at the African Nations and goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez is still struggling with a hamstring problem.
Celta got only their second win in 11 league games last weekend as Iago Aspas scored twice in a 3-1 win over Valladolid.
The Galicians will be further boosted by the return of Augusto Fernandez from suspension with Park Chu-Young expected to drop out.
However, Hugo Mallo suffered what looked like a serious knee injury in the 4-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night so Carlos Bellvis is expected to deputise at right-back.
Espanyol desperately need to make Cornellà-El Prat more of a fortress in 2013 if they are to survive, having won just twice at home all season, but Celta are a much better side than their league position would indicate, despite losing eight of their nine away games in the league so far this season.
Indeed the visitors are yet to draw a game away from home this season, but there is every possibility that streak will be broken on Saturday as both sides have struggled for goals all season long.
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