Among the crisis created by the plebiscite carried out by the citizens of Catalonia that approved the region’s independence from Spain, Espanyol faces Levante on Friday, October 13. The match opens the eighth round of the German Championship in its 2017/2018 edition. It will be held at RCDE Stadium in Barcelona. The start is scheduled for 16h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Espanyol
The Catalan team had their reaction, which had two wins and a draw, interrupted in the seventh round. In the capital, Espanyol were beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid. He was thus parked in the eight points (two wins, two draws and three losses). It occupies the fourteenth place in the classification of La Liga.
Although the goal of Espanyol is to fight for a place in European competitions, the reality of the moment indicates that the concern of the poor cousin of Catalonia must be another. The Betis, sixth and last place in the classification zone for the Europa League, has five more points. Eibar, eighteenth place and first in the relegation zone, has only two points less. Soon, the first mission of the technician Quique Flores is ‘take off’ the team of the sticking region.
For this he can count on practically all his cast available. Only three athletes are in injury treatment. In the infirmary are goalkeeper Adrian Garrote Lopez (without performances in the 2017/2018 season of the Spanish Championship), midfielder Javi Lopez (two games, no goal) and striker Alvaro Vazquez (no performances). They should go through a new evaluation to see if they can be used. However, even if they are vetoed, they can not be considered significant losses.
The current form of the Levante
The Levante began the dispute of the season 2017/2018 of the Spanish Championship with more modest ambitions. Staying in the elite division was his biggest goal. This goal has been fulfilled without fear.
After seven rounds, the team had nine points (two wins, three draws and two losses). It occupies a comfortable tenth position. However, it does show signs of falling bias. In the previous days, he suffered two defeats. The first was 4-0 against Betis. Then, at home, was beaten by Alaves, by 2 to 0.
This certainly must have connected the warning signal to the technician Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz that, in addition to the approximation of the relegation zone needs to administer four medical problems. The defender Ivan Lopez (three matches in the 2017/2018 season of La Liga, without a goal) is in the recovery phase of injury; midfielder Jefferson Lerma (four games, no goal) and striker Marti Roger (no performances).
History of the matches Espanyol vs Levante
In different divisions, the teams did not face each other the previous season. However, their paths crossed four times in 2015/2016. For the Spanish Championship, the Levante won at home by 2 to 1 and tied, by 1 to 1, in Barcelona. In the Copa del Rey, Espanyol took the best. After a 1-1 draw by visitors, they won the game back 2-1.