Bottom of the table club Espanyol would travel to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez to lock horns with Getafe who are looking to pick up their first win since la Liga’s return this Tuesday.
The hosts fresh from a 2:1 away loss to Granada have been on a patchy run of form and will be looking over their shoulders as their quest for European football continues to look bleak having won just once in five games in all competitions (D1, L3). The hosts are on 46 points and will be looking to take all three points here so as to remain within touching distance of a European spot for next season.
Espanyol meanwhile resumed the season with a bang by brushing away Alaves last time out. The visitors who currently occupy the last place will be looking to build on this impressive win and take home all three points to boost their chance of survival this season.
Xabier Etxeita misses out of the games through suspension while Filip Manojlovic is the only other injury absentee for Jose Bordalas’ side.
For Espanyol, coach Abelardo Fernandez remains without Sebastian Corchia as the defender, on-loan from Sevilla is expected back to training in a few weeks times.
Head to head
The H2H record for this tie stands at two wins for Getafe and a single win for Espanyol, with the other two ending in draws. The last two meetings between both teams have ended in 1:1 draws.
Getafe last five games in all competition: LDWLL
Espanyol last five games in all competition: WLDWL
Getafe head into this tie with one win from their last five games (W1, D1, L3) leaving them with four points from the last fifteen available.
Their last match saw them lose a game from a winning position for the first time since September 2017. The visitors who are still in the mix for a champions league spot have scored 37 times this campaign, with 21 of those goals coming at home.
Jose Bordalas’ side are better performers after the break with an average of 1.0 goal scored per second half in their games this season. They have entered the second half of over 60% of their La Liga games level on goals meaning that they are more likely to score or concede in the second period than in the first.
Espanyol meanwhile remains rooted in bottom spot and will be looking to record consecutive wins for the first time in the league this season.
Their last win ended a four-game run without a win in the league and a positive result from this tie can take them off bottom position with their closest rivals Leganes in action against high flying Barcelona.
However, to take any point home in this tie, the visitors must remain tight at the back as over 63% of the goals they have conceded has come after the break. This has been the undoing of their season so far as they tend to capitulate after the 76th minute of the game.
Their attack also needs to be sharper if they will be hoping to pick any positive result as they have averaged just 0.85 goals in the league this season. The Catalan club has scored just 11 times on the road this season.
Under 2.5 Goals @ 9/20
Both Teams to Score/No @ 13/20
Draw first half and Getafe to win second half @ 4/1