Espanyol take on the visitors Levante at “Estadi Cornellà-El Prat” in the opening battle of the gameweek eight of the Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played in Barcelona on Friday, October 13th.
In their last fight on the eve of the pause for the A-sides’ battles, Espanyol were beaten by Real Madrid 0:2 and broke their three-clash undefeated streak. After seven encounters played, “Periquitos” sit on the 14th position in the LaLiga table with eight points earned and 7-11 goal difference. This season Espanyol picked up six points in three games in front of their fans after two triumphs over Celta Vigo 2:1 and Deportivo La Coruna 4:1 together with 0:1 defeat from Leganes.
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After the glorious start in this season’s LaLiga, Levante lost their two latest matches without scored goals to Betis 0:4 and Alaves 0:2 which do not belong to the strongest clubs in Spain. Despite those two back-to-back failures, “Les Granotes” settle on the 10th place in the elite division standings with nine points gained and 8-10 goal difference. The side conducted just two clashes on the road resulting in 1:1 draw against Real Madrid and 0:4 loss to Betis. Taking into account last season, Levante have not succeeded at the away fields since the 11th of March across eight consecutive clashes covering four draws and four defeats.
Basing on the rivals’ statistics both at the home turf and on the road, I believe that the hosts will win in the Friday fight as “Periquitos” demonstrate solid football in front of their fans while Levante have suffered in picking up points at away grounds even in the LaLiga2 battles.
Prediction for the match: Espanyol to win.