Espanyol vs Sevilla Prediction & Match Preview

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La Liga’s opening weekend continues on Sunday with Espanyol vs Sevilla. Espanyol are set to host one of Spain’s most consistent teams over the years: Sevilla. Espanyol have been a mainstay in La Liga, appearing in every season since the inaugural La Liga campaign of 1928. On average, they are known to finish mid table which makes their 7th place finish last year a success. Espanyol vs Sevilla is poised to be an exciting matchup between two steady clubs.

Espanyol vs Sevilla Prediction & Match Preview

Sunday, August 18 – 13:00 EST – RCDE Stadium

Espanyol enjoyed a fruitful 2018-2019 season. They finished 7th place and managed to qualify for the Europa League. Espanyol moved up 6 spots from their 13th place finish in 2017-2018. Meanwhile, the club did so under new manager Rodri who was then replaced by caretaker and current manager David Gallego Rodriguez. He lead the club to 53 points which were a mere 6 points behind opening day adversaries Sevilla. After a successful season, Espanyol cashed in on some of their prominent players. During the offseason, they sold first team regulars Borja Iglesias, Mario Hermoso and Aarón Martin for substantial fees. Unfortunately, for Espanyol fans, as of now the arrivals have not been as impactful. They will look to strengthen by promoting youth players. Three outfield players join the squad from Espanyol B. Ultimately, Espanyol will find it difficult to replicate last year’s success.

It is safe to say that a season which sees Sevilla finish outside the top 4 in Spain is considered a failure. To be fair, they finished two points back from 4th place Valencia. They do not need a substantial improvement to regain their spot in the Champions League for the upcoming season. This will be Spanish manager Julien Lopetegui’s first match at the helm. He will be looking to prove they made the right choice by signing him to lead the club. Sevilla managed to raise a lot of funds through the market by selling first team regulars Ben Yedder, Pablo Sarabia, Quincy Promes and Luis Muriel. Furthermore, there will be many new faces at Sevilla as they did not hold back when it came down to reinvesting the profit. The long list of notables include, Serigio Reuilón, Maximilian Wöber, Lucas Ocampos, Jules Koundé and Rony Lopes. If Lopetegui can get these new boys settled in from the start, Sevilla are set to have an electrifying season.