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

Green shoots and rough terrain

Bernardo: Espanyol's beating heart. What a time to be alive. Espanyol got their fifth goal and second win of the current La Liga season with a mildly convincing performance against Levante on Sunday, which now makes it four wins away from home in all competitions this season compared to a big fat zero at RCDE … Continue reading Green shoots and rough terrain

Levante vs Espanyol

Víctor Gómez will be looking for his first win with the Espanyol first team. (photo: La Vanguardia) Levante vs Espanyol (16.00). A fixture to quicken the pulse. So many questions, so few people who care about the answers. The second teams from Spain's second and third cities go head to head in an autumnal clash … Continue reading Levante vs Espanyol

Good omens

It is no secret that Espanyol have not made a good start to the La Liga season, with five consecutive home defeats equalling their worst ever opening on home turf in Barcelona. Perhaps more worrying than this, though, is the lack of goals being scored, and even a genuine goal threat. We wondered how many … Continue reading Good omens

Patience

Pablo Machín calls for patience. (Photo: La Vanguardia) Another week of La Liga action, another pointless affair for Espanyol. LDLWLDLLL does not make happy reading, and neither does the lack of activity in the “goals for” column, stuck at four for four weeks now. But as we said in our preview, the performance was more … Continue reading Patience

Espanyol vs. Villarreal

Espanyol vs. Villarreal, 16.00. (@RCDEspanyol) The international break hasn’t half dragged on, but La Liga is finally back. For Espanyol, this means another gruelling three weeks lie ahead, with two more Europa League group games thrown into the mix: 20/10 - Villarreal (H)24/10 - Ludogorets (A)27/10 - Levante (A)30/10 - Athletic Bilbao (A)2/11 - Valencia … Continue reading Espanyol vs. Villarreal

Things can only get better

Pablo Machín surely knows the scale of the task ahead of him as he attempts to turn around Espanyol's disastrous start to the season, but we have tried to quantify it for you anyway. Method We used data from FiveThirtyEight's pre-season predictions to rank the 20 sides of La Liga: Team DifficultyBarcelona20Real Madrid19Atlético18Valencia17Sevilla16Real Sociedad15Getafe14Eibar13Athletic12Betis11Villarreal10Espanyol9Leganés8Celta7Levante6Alavés5Osasuna4Valladolid3Granada2Mallorca1AVERAGE10.5 This … Continue reading Things can only get better

Pablo Machín: Espanyol head coach

As expected, David Gallego was officially dismissed as Espanyol’s head coach on Monday evening. The man from Súria is gone and has been replaced by a Machín. Pablo Machín, former coach of Numancia, Girona and Sevilla. He was presented to the media and fans yesterday, saying all the right things and highlighting the importance of … Continue reading Pablo Machín: Espanyol head coach

This is the end

Víctor points Gallego in the right direction. Chen Yansheng looks into the mirror. It is a day he had hoped would never come. A lifetime in the cynical world of business should have taught him better. In his mind, he rehearses what he will say... This is the end, beautiful friend, of our elaborate plans, … Continue reading This is the end

Mallorca vs. Espanyol (12.00)

There is a togetherness in the Espanyol squad. It's another early kickoff for Espanyol, prime time for the Wu Lei fan club, who will be hoping their man can follow up on his lovely chip against CSKA Moscow on Thursday to fire the blanc-i-blau to a much-needed La Liga victory over Mallorca at Son Moix. … Continue reading Mallorca vs. Espanyol (12.00)