Espanyol will try to recover from the La Liga disaster in the Copa del Rey return leg against Valencia, which incidentally set the start of their decline. The first leg ended with a narrow 2-1 Valencia win, but Espanyol managed an away goal which may not even count in the end considering they already sum up three defeats in a row in all competitions.
Espanyol plays way better when at home where they only lost once in eight matches, all while conceding seven goals. Their most recent result is a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, where the visitors were unable to take advantage of a 10-men Real side. During the first leg a few days ago, the teams were heading towards a well-deserved draw, but Alvaro Negredo scored a late penalty to give Valencia the edge for tomorrow.
The good news in Espanyol’s camp is that Salva Sevilla returned from injury, and even managed to take part in team training on Sunday. Valencia is currently on the 5th place in La Liga, and come from a 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo that prevented them to come closer to the last Champions League place. They are on an unbeaten run of eight matches, and with no new injuries to worry about they could very well settle for a draw to qualify.
Valencia lost only two away games this season, and against Espanyol they also have a very good track record, winning two out of the last six matches, while also managing to score at least two goals. 888sport gives Valencia 1.26 odds to qualify mainly due to their strength as a squad and the poor defensive line Espanyol have. The visitors to win have been given 3.20 odds, Valencia to win has 2.30 odds, on which we are going to bet 7 units with odds from 888sport. A draw has 3.30 odds, both teams to score 1.82 and over 2.5 goals 2.06 odds. Paco Alcacer to score has 2.85 odds, Alvaro Negredo 2.95 and Sergio Garcia has 3.40 odds, but the punters have little doubt that Valencia won’t qualify.
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