Preview - Sevilla vs Espanyol 12 November 18

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Match Day 12
Sevilla vs Espanyol
Monday, November 12th, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

Last five matches form: W W L W D
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.18
Top Scorer: André Silva (7)

Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.36
Average goals against per match: 0.73
Top Scorer: Borja Iglesias (6)

Two of the current high-flyers in La Liga clash this weekend as second placed Espanyol travel to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to take on third placed Sevilla. With just one point between the sides and Barcelona only three points clear at the top, there's plenty on the line here.

This game ended in a 1-1 draw last season, with Sevilla winning the reverse fixture 3-0.

Sevilla have just the one injury ahead of this one. It's a pretty big one though as defensive lynchpin Simon Kjaer is set to miss out. Hernán Pérez and Naldo are the two absentees for Espanyol.

Sevilla started the season in good style and were the pacesetters until put in their place by Barcelona at Camp Nou. They have still been playing some good stuff at times though and are a tough nut to crack here having just lost one of their last ten at home in La Liga.

Espanyol's start to the campaign has been a little more surprising, and only city rivals Barcelona lie above them at present. They head into this game on a six-game unbeaten run and having only tasted defeat twice all season. It must be noted though that the bulk of their points have come at home, with just the one win to show from their six away games.

This looks evenly poised, particularly with that absence of Kjaer for Sevilla. This is a mightily tough place to come though and we still just favour the home side.

Prediction: Sevilla 2 - 1 Espanyol


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  21 - 12
Shots on target: 12 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 52% - 48%

Franco Vazquez, Daniel Carrico, Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Escudero of Sevilla all made their way into the referee Santiago Jaime Latre's notebook. Esteban Granero and Diego Lopez of Espanyol were also shown yellow.

Sevilla were making most of the early running here, coming closest when Quincy Promes sent a header against the top of the crossbar. They weren't able to make the breakthrough though and found themselves behind in the 38th minute. Excellent work from Sergi Darder down the left flank and breaking into the area before playing a low ball across the six-yard box for Borja Iglesias to finish at the near post. 0-1 at the break.

It was via a set piece that the equaliser arrived in the 70th minute. Ever Banega's corner from the left hand side somehow finding Gabriel Mercado unmarked and practically on the goal line. He couldn't miss from there, and didn't.

Then in the 89th minute, just as it looked as though we would be heading for a draw, the home sides pressure finally paid off and the comeback was complete. Wissam Ben Yedder outpacing the defence to latch onto an Ever Banega through-ball in the left hand side of the area. Deft finish from Ben Yedder with the outside of his right boot and over the out-rushing keeper.

A dramatic way to do it in the end but Sevilla were good value for this win having comfortably outshot their visitors and been ahead in both territory and possession.

A big result for Sevilla who leapfrog Espanyol and move into second place in the La Liga standings. A little setback for Espanyol who drop down to fifth.


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