Espanyol take on the visitors Valladolid in the round 11 match of Spanish LaLiga2. The match will be played on Saturday, October 14th at Stage Front Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat).
Espanyol clearly want to turn the football elevator status in their favor. The Parakeets still remain fairly ambitious, and even when they returned to La Liga, they aimed to do more than just maintain their position there. However, the decisions they made, such as changing the head coach, seemed to have worked against them, leading to relegation from the second-to-last position. But they have no intention of lingering in the Segunda División, and they started October as league leaders. Nevertheless, Villarreal B managed to bring them down to earth by confidently defeating the ambitious Espanyol 3-1 at their home ground.
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Real Valladolid suffered a bitter relegation in the spring. The Pucelanos have been owned by a group of investors led by the legendary Brazilian forward Ronaldo since 2018. They managed to keep the project running for three consecutive seasons and even made a quick return to La Liga after dropping to Segunda in the 2021/2022 season. They accumulated a respectable 40 points in their return season in La Liga. However, it wasn't enough to avoid relegation. Moreover, at a lower level, starting with a victory over Sporting Gijon, they only added one point in four matches. They only began catching up with their opponents after providing a handicap to them, winning consecutively. This included a victory over Mirandes, although it was a tough match, ending with a 3-2 scoreline.
In the last season, the teams exchanged narrow victories on their home grounds. However, both teams ultimately ended up being relegated. The Parakeets are playing at home and are considered favorites. However, the visitors have had a more confident start, so they are unlikely to lose here.
Prediction for the match: Valladolid not to lose (X2).