Rayo Vallecano kept the world-class Barcelona attack at bay as they earned a crucial point by playing out a goalless draw in their opener.
Espanyol will be looking to build on their impressive comeback from their last match when they take on Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Friday. Both sides were able to get only a point from the opening weekend. However, if one takes a closer look at those matches, then a point would feel like a win for both teams. Espanyol staged a late comeback to overturn a 2-0 deficit, while Rayo Vallecano produced a resolute showing to get a point at Camp Nou. On the back of those positive results, they both will be keen to get their first win on Friday.
|Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano||Key details|
|Kickoff time in India||11:30 pm|
|Kickoff time in Spain||8 pm|
In their opener last weekend, Espanyol travelled to Celta Vigo. The then home side started the match in an impressive fashion to take a 2-0 lead just past the hour mark. However, an inspired late comeback helped Espanyol snatch an unlikely point. Meanwhile, Rayo Vallecano had a tough assignment when they travelled to Camp Nou to face a new-look Barcelona. The visitors kept the world-class Barcelona attack at bay as they earned a crucial point by playing out a goalless draw.
Raul de Tomas and Javi Puado missed the action for Espanyol in their last match. It is not clear if they will be included in the upcoming match. During the come-from-behind draw at Celta Vigo, Edu Exposito and Joselu’s late strikes helped them earn a point. Hence, both could very well be in the Starting XI for the upcoming match. They could more or less start the same team on Friday. Meanwhile, Rayo Vallecano produced a professional performance to hold out Barcelona in their own home. Atletico Madrid loanee Sergio Camello started up front in the last match before being replaced by Radamel Falcao in the second half. One of those two forwards are expected to start on Friday.
Espanyol possible line-up: Lecomte, Gil, Gomez, Cabrera, Olivan, Souza, Calero, Darder, Exposito, Sanchez, Melamed, Joselu
Rayo Vallecano possible line-up: Dimitrievski, Balliu, Lejeune, Catena, F. Garcia, Ciss, Lopez, Trejo, A. Garcia, Salvi, Camello
The La Liga fixture between Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano will take place at Cornellà-El Prat on Friday at 11:30 pm IST.
In India, Sports18 has broadcasting rights for La Liga matches. Besides, the live streaming will be available on Voot and JioTV.