Relegation battle

La Liga, like most major European leagues, is a twenty-team league where the aim is to finish first, or, if you can't do that, then finish seventeenth. The bad news is that Espanyol have no chance of doing the former, but the good news is they are one of a select bunch who are heading … Continue reading Relegation battle

Villarreal vs Espanyol

RDT will be back in action for his new side. Espanyol are on the road this afternoon, taking an estimated 3,000 fans down the coast to El Madrigal. Strong gales and heavy rain are forecast, meaning the two sides will need to be up for a good scrap if they are to claim the points. … Continue reading Villarreal vs Espanyol

Fun fun fun

R-D-T spells fun. What a difference a point can make. Before the Barcelona derby just over a week ago, the average Espanyol fan experience was akin to that of staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. One late equaliser from Wu Lei Wu Lei Wu Lei Wu Lei Wu Lei later, and we're walking … Continue reading Fun fun fun

The season begins – take three

Photo: nordicstadiums.com The sand is slowly trickling away, but Espanyol have decided to give the trick that abjectly failed to work last time another go by showing Pablo Machín the door, plumping the cushions and giving the place a quick freshen up for the arrival of former Barça and Spain centre-back Abelardo. Time is of … Continue reading The season begins – take three

Espanyol vs Real Betis

Welcome to the last, last, last chance saloon. The first two (at home to Getafe and Osasuna) of the four "winnable" games, which had been highlighted as essential lifeblood if Espanyol are to mount a survival challenge in the second half of the season, have yielded a solitary point. Last weekend's damage-limitation exercise in the … Continue reading Espanyol vs Real Betis

We’re depressed

Another week of expectation has come to an end and excitement has reached fever pitch ahead of the mouth-watering prospect of getting pumped at the Bernabéu tomorrow lunchtime. Ahem. The full-time whistle signalling the end of a home capitulation against newly promoted Osasuna last Sunday brought with it a distinct sense of the last residual … Continue reading We’re depressed

Espanyol vs Osasuna

Super Diego López (Estadio Deportivo). All good things come to an end. And the bad? Espanyol will be looking to alter the proverb and banish the record of zero league wins at RCDE stadium this season once and for all this afternoon against Osasuna (16.00 CET). The portents do seem to be less ominous than … Continue reading Espanyol vs Osasuna

When is a dull home draw a good thing? Now.

It's been downhill all the way for Fernando Calero. Sunday's showdown against Getafe was definitely a Big Match. This much was evident from the pre-match promotions and entertainment that the club had organised. Ticket prices were slashed and slashed again in a attempt to lure more closet pericos out to RCDE stadium, 1-euro shuttle buses … Continue reading When is a dull home draw a good thing? Now.

We’re back

Photo: Diario La Grada We're back, and with apologies, having fallen gracelessly into the international break in a similar manner to Espanyol. At least the latest league defeat at the hands of Atlético Madrid came with the sweet, sweet feeling of righteous injustice, after the referee demonstrated a propensity to review every action that took … Continue reading We’re back

Close but no cigar

This time last week Espanyol had eight points and were two points from “safety”, whereas this time this week they have eight points and are three adrift of Mallorca in the prized 17th spot. One goal scored and five conceded in the two intervening fixtures may lead you to surmise that not a whole lot … Continue reading Close but no cigar