Espanyol hosts Ferencvaros
Espanyol hosts Ferencvaros in a match from Group H of Europa League. Will the Spanish team start its campaign in the competition with a win? Let’s examine this fixture in our Europa League predictions for today.
Espanyol had been pretty convincing in the Europa League qualifiers. In the playoffs they met the Ukrainian side Zorya and went through after a 3-1 win at home and 2-2 draw in Ukraine. Clearly David Gallego’s team looks pretty motivated in Europe so far, so we shall believe that Espanyol will give their all in Europa League this season.
But how Los Pericos started their campaign in the Spanish La Liga?
Well, not very good. At this moment Espanyol are 17th in the league standings with just one win achieved from the first four rounds. This happened in the previous round when Los Pericos met Eibar away from home and achieved a very difficult 2-1 win. Ramis opened the score for EIbar, but in the last 15 minutes the visitors turned it around with goals from Facundo Ferreyra and Esteban Granero.
In order to do better in Europa League, Espanyol must raise their level in general. The question is – can they do it right now?
Ferencvaros are the reigning champion of Hungary. They started the season with the hope of qualifying for the Champions League, but a defeat against Dinamo Zagreb sent them to Europa League.
At this moment Ferencvaros are managed by the Ukrainian legend Serhiy Rebrov. There are some interesting names in the squad like Ivorian striker Franck Boli and the Hungarian target man Roland Varga. Espanyol must be cautious about these two players, because they are dangerous.
What’s our conclusion in our Europa League predictions for today for the game between Espanyol and Ferencvaros on Thursday? The Catalans look a little bit shaken in La Liga, but we think they will continue with their good run in Europe.