Espanyol, required to beat Valladolid to chase away the relegation zone

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Espanyol, required to beat Valladolid to drive away the relegation zone

Espanyol hosts Valladolid this Sunday at the RCDE Stadiumwith the urgent need for a victory that softens the criticism and drives away the relegation zone, dangerously close.

The sports managers of the Catalan team exhibit an optimistic discourse: confidence in their game, in their improvement and conviction that the positive markers will come. beyond Apart from this, individual errors are weighing down the performance of a block that has only won once this season, against Athletic in San Mamés (0-1).

Valladolid represents a new revalidation for Diego Martínez's players. The coaching staff is suspicious of this Sunday's rival, extolling their offensive resources and the high morale with which they will arrive at the Catalan stadium after defeating Getafe the previous day (2-3).

The questions of this new exam for Espanyol are clear: improve defensive security -with 16 goals, it is one of the teams that concedes the most-, avoid individual errors, especially in goal, and keep the good feeling upstairs. In this sense, Joselu, with six goals, lives in a state of grace.

Even balance

Rubén Sánchez and Gori are certain casualties for this match against Valladolid, confirmed by the Galician coach at a press conference. Espanyol, historically, has presented good numbers against Valladolid at their stadium. However, in the last five seasons the balance is very even: two wins, two draws and one loss for the parakeets. This stumble occurred in the last visit, in 2019-20 (0-2).

Real Valladolid travels to Cornellá; with the tactical system quite clear as his coach, José, has pointed out. Rojo “'Pacheta', but with doubts about who will start as the most advanced player and, therefore, as the main offensive reference.

If he keeps the eleven he drew a point against Betis, and that he controlled The game played for most of the match, Pacheta would once again bet on Sergio León as nine, but this week he has highlighted the role of Guardiola in the final stretch of that match against the Andalusians, “a player who contributes a lot”, has warned.

Pacheta has warned that the most important game is this one, because it is the next one, and that they are focused on it, since a victory “would allow us to tackle the others in another way”, hence the decision That continuity be foreseen in the team to strengthen that confidence of the players.

He knows that a “very tough” match awaits them, since the rival “is good and is not where he should be , with which he will come out wounded and eager for victory, since he also has great players who offer many alternatives to a coach, Diego Martínez, who works very well”, he analyzed.

Probable alignments:

RCD Espanyol: Lecomte; Oscar Gil; Sergi Gómez, Cabrera, Oliván; Edu Exposito, Vini Souza; Vidal, Darder, Puado and Joselu.

Valladolid: Masip; Fresneda, Joaquín, Javi Sánchez, Escudero; Aguado, Roque Mesa, Kike Pérez; Iván Sánchez, Sergio León or Guardiola, Óscar Plano.

Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Valencian committee).

Stadium: RCDE Stadium.< /p>

Time: 18:30.