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

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

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

Espanyol vs Ludogorets

Hands up if you think Campu should start. Matchday four of the Europa League group stages has come around already, and Espanyol could get things wrapped up nice and early and qualify for the knockout stages with a win against Ludogorets at RCDE stadium this evening. Easier said than done, perhaps, given that the blanc-i-blau … Continue reading Espanyol vs Ludogorets

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