Without a win in their last five league games, Valencia will be looking to put an end to their bad run in the league when they host Espanyol at the Mestalla in the 18th round of the Spanish top flight.
The hosts have been in a really poor situation in the last few weeks. The team have failed to win in their last five league games. They have collected 3 points from a possible 15 in their last five league matches. Their last game finished in a 3-3 draw with Osasuna away from home.
Valencia are sitting in 17th place in the league table with 13 points from 3 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses. They have scored 24 goals and conceded 32 since the start of the season.
Eliaquim Mangala is sidelined due to suspension, which should mean that Mario Suarez is forced to continue at centre-back. Ezequiel Garay is not back fit yet, meaning that Aderlan Santos should partner him, with Jose Gaya expected to replace Guilherme Siqueira at left-back.
The visitors have been in a better situation in comparison to the hosts, however they have also struggled in terms of form in recent weeks. Espanyol have collected 8 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games. The team have drawn in their last game when they played Deportivo La Coruna at home where the game finished 1-1.
Espanyol are sitting in the 11th place in the league table with 23 points from 5 wins, 8 draws and 4 losses. They have scored 21 goals and conceded 23 since the start of the season.
Pape Diop is away on AFCON duty, with Pablo Piatti unable to feature due to a clause in the winger’s loan contract. As Leo Baptistao is sidelined, and Felipe Caicedo has been under the weather recently, Alvaro Vazquez could be afforded a rare start, with Salva Sevilla also in the first-team picture.
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