Friday, 10 March 2017

Espanyol - Las Palmas

PICK: over 2,5 @2,04 PINNACLE 5/10

Opener of 27th round of LaLiga will be between on RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat, between 9th Espanyol and 12th Las Palmas.

Coach of Espanyol, Quique Sanchez Flores will miss Sanchez, Baptistao, Navarro and Roberto. They lost their last league match in Villarreal (2-0), while on last home match they won against Osasuna with 3 goals scored. Quique said, that he wants his team to play good football, to convince people to come on stadium, to support his team to overpass themselves and reach European places, which are not that far right now.

Las Palmas woke up after draw on Bernabeu. After 4 defeats in row, they were on the verge to win Real Madrid on Santiago Bernabeu. They played extremely good, but Real succeeded to equalise. After this match, they were 1-2 behind at home against poor Osasuna, but in second half they stepped up and won 5-2. Path of their gameplay is pretty clear. With players as they have, there is no other possibility than to play offensively. They will miss Mesa, Livaja, Aythami, Michel, Montoro and Castellano, but Viera, Jese, Boateng, Tana, Halilović, all those players are promising us an open match from their side. Tana said in interview, that they are travelling to Barcelona to win! They are on 12th place, 4 points behind Espanyol, and even if it looks that there is something wrong between coach of Las Palmas Setien and club board (he said, that he won't talk about that till end of the season, because he doesn't want to affect players or the way how he works), I am sure that they can still make some improvements on the league table. 

I am not sure if any of those two teams are capable to play in Europe - Espanyol because of pretty short squad, while Las Palmas because of currently league position. It's not match for to be or not to be, so I think that both teams will try to show what do they got, both managers prefers to play good, attractive football, both teams has decent attacks, both missing player in defence, Las Palmas scored a lot of goals through counters, while Espanyol has problems with defending them, while on the other hand Las Palmas has difficulties in defending crosses, good headers, and Espanyol has both Moreno and Caicedo, pretty strong in aerial duels so.. goals here!

FT: 4-3

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