Espanyol vs BarcelonaTOBoth teams are at the top of the table
Hhere a long time that Espanyol and Barcelona do not look at each other in a moment so evenly. The parrots arrive sptimos, in spite of chaining three consecutive defeats in LaLiga, and the azulgranas, first. Only seven points separate both blocks of the classification. To find a more even derby you have to look back until 2010-11. At that time, the two teams occupied the Champions zone. The culs led the table and the Espanyolistas were fourth. Interestingly that match of maximum rivalry was also played in the month of December and finished 0-5.
Since then, Espanyol had not faced the derby as well classified as now. Normally I had faced this encounter from the eighth down. In addition, the parakeets have become one of the teams revelation of the season for its great start. Except for the match against Girona and Getafe, Rubi's painting had aroused the praise of the world of football. Even the Catalans had managed to make the RCDE Stadium a fortn. At the moment, they only have one defeat against the team of Girona.
The climate of optimism on the part of the parrots is reinforced by the defensive insecurities of a Bara that has little to do with that of last season. Valverde's team has problems in defense. It is usual that Ter Stegen fits at least one goal per game, which gives wings to the Blue and Whites. In addition, in a League in which it is shown that any team can give a big revolcn, Espanyol claims its share of prominence in a derby that is played before its fans.
Valverde's squad comes to this game in the midst of injuries. The week in which no new footballer enters the nurse is rare. The last one was Malcom, who hurt himself against the Cultural Leonesa. Nor Samuel Umtiti, who does not know when to return.
S returns to the call Luis Surez, but not Arthur Melo, who continues with muscular discomfort. Valverde, who hid his cards yesterday, was forced to summon Juan Miranda, of the subsidiary, to complete the list of field players. The young B goalkeeper, Iaki Pea, was also registered. There will be a discard.
Meanwhile, Espanyol face the meeting tonight without injured or sanctioned. Although the Maresme technician does not give the call until this morning, after the last training, he has the whole group at his disposal. Sergio Garca has recovered in time from a grade one injury in the proximal third of his right leg. prevented participation against Getafe and Cdiz. Naldo is also one hundred percent.