SD Eibar takes on Espanol at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on September 14, 2019.
Sociedad Deportiva Eibar was established in 1940 and they have spent the most of their history competing in the lower divisions of Spanish Football. They have made 26 appearances in the Segunda Division and when it comes to La Liga play, their first promotion to the top flight was in 2014. They were the smallest club to play in the history of the La Liga before SD Huesca took that title in 2018.
SD Eibar has won the Tercera Division a total of seven times. Meanwhile, they have also won the Segunda Division in 2014 and the Segunda Division B a total of three times. They have spent the last six seasons playing in La Liga but to date have not made waves in the top flight with their best finish at 9th in 2018. SD Eibar finished 10th in the La Liga last season.
Eibar is tied for 16th place in Goal Difference at -2. They have scored a total of three goals which put them in 10th place in that category. Only one of those goals were assisted and they rank 13th in the passing department. On the defensive end, SD Eibar ranks 15th in the La Liga with a total of five goals scored.
Paulo Oliveira, Anaitz Arbilla and Charles have scored one goal each for SD Eibar this season. Fabian Orellana has the squad’s lone assist so far this season. On the other hand, goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic has allowed five goals and has three saves in three appearances.
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Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol was founded in 1800 and is owned by the Rastar Group. This club has been known for its mediocrity in the Spanish football league but in a surprise, they finished in 7th place during the previous La Liga season.
Espanyol has won the Copa del Rey a total of four times while they finished as runners-up in five other instances. The Perequitos have never won the La Liga but were Segunda Division champions in 1994. When it comes to European competition, Espanyol finished as runners-up of the UEFA Cup twice.
Espanol ranks 20th in the La Liga in Goal Difference at -5. They have yet to score a goal in three matches and they also rank in the bottom in that category. When it comes to defending their goal, Espanol has conceded a total of five goals in three matches and that puts them in 15th place.
Marc Roca was the key to the team’s offense last season. The 22-year old was also a good defender and is expected to play a big role this season. This defensive midfielder moves the ball well around and is good at making the right pass. Given Gallego’s possession-based football style, Roca should be a key figure this season.
SD Eibar is the soccer betting favorite here. They are ranked 18th in the La Liga with a record of 0-1-2 but against an equally struggling foe like Espanyol, they are a little bit better. Eibar lost to Mallorca on opening week and then they forced a draw against Osasuna. A loss to Atalanta was what happened in their last assignment.
Espanol meanwhile ranks 19th in the Spanish top flight. They also have one draw and two losses so far in three matches played. Espanol lost to Sevilla in their opening match and then drew with Alaves and lost to GCF 0-3 in their last assignment.
Head to head, Eibar has won five out of 10 matches against Espanol. The latter has won three times and the teams figured in a tie on two other instances. Eibar has won three out of the last four meetings between these teams including the last one held last January 21, 2019.
Both these teams are coming off a loss but I will give the advantage here to SD Eibar who is the home team here. When you have two struggling sides squaring off against each other, sometimes the difference is the home-field advantage. Prediction: SD Eibar