Espanyol vs Sevilla: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 1:09 PM UTC

A decimated Espanyol side could be in trouble...
<div><h2>Espanyol vs Sevilla</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, August 17, at Cornella-El Prat</strong></a></p><p>Espanyol have been ravaged this summer and they look like they might well be in for a relegation battle in 2019/20. Star striker Borja Iglesias, who scored 17 of their 49 goals last season, has moved to Real Betis in a €28 million deal. The defence has been decimated by the loss of Mario Hermoso, who left for Atletico Madrid. That could leave them struggling at both ends of the pitch this season, as they are yet to reinvest the cash in anyone of a similar level of quality. This is the sort of game Sevilla really should be winning if they hope to break back into the top four in La Liga.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>It has been a huge summer for Sevilla in the transfer market. Five members of the first team squad left for a total of around €100 million, most notably forwards Wissam Ben Yedder and Pablo Sarabia, who joined Monaco and PSG respectively. Yet Sevilla fans should be excited, as the club spent about €150 million on new talent to bolster their squad as they bid to return to the Champions League.</p><p><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></p><p>Luuk de Jong, the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season, has joined, along with Munas Dubbar from RB Salzburg, to fill the void left by Ben Yedder. Rony Lopes and Lucas Ocampos will supply the balls from wide areas, while Julas Koundé, Diego Carlos, Joan Jordán and Maximilian Wober should strengthen the spine of the team. The likes of Ever Banega, Nolito, Jesus Navas and Simon Kjaer are still in place, and Sevilla should make a concerted push for fourth this season.</p><p>Espanyol’s defence has been decimated by the departures of Hermoso, Roberto Rosales and Óscar Duarte. That should leave them shaky at the back against Sevilla, while they will really miss the talents of Iglesias up front. Bernardo Espinosa, on loan from relegated Girona, youth team promotion Adrià Pedrosa and former Athletic Bilbao defensive midfielder Ander Iturraspe, who spent last season on the sidelines with injury, have replaced them, and that trio will not exactly strike fear into the hearts of their rivals. Matias Vargas looks like an interesting prospect, and Fernando Calero should be battled-hardened from his time at Valladolid, but the hosts could struggle due to a lack of quality this season.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>You can find generous odds of 7/5 (2.40) on Sevilla to win this game and that should tempt some punters. However, it is the first game of the season and the visitors will have a number of new players to bed into the team. It typically takes a while for a side to gel after a busy summer in the transfer market, so you might prefer to protect yourself with a draw no bet option.</p><p><strong>Top tip: <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Sevilla draw no bet at 3/4 (1.75) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div>
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