KICK off: 21 April after 20:00
Team news: Espanyol are in excellent shape ahead of this match, with the home side expected to have a fully-fit squad unless there are any late setbacks in the build-up to kickoff. Yangel Herrera was suspended against Atletico at the weekend but is also available for this match, and the 24-year-old is likely to return in a midfield area for Moreno’s team. The team is expected to be similar to the one that took to the field for the first whistle against the reigning Spanish champions on Sunday, although Aleix Vidal could replace Oscar Gil as the right-sided wing-back. As for Rayo, Radamel Falcao, Martin Merquelanz and Esteban Saveljich will again miss the match through injury, while Ivan Balliu is suspended due to his red card against Alaves. Balliu’s absence will open the door for Kevin Rodrigues to come into the back four, while there could also be an alteration in the final third, with Oscar Trejo potentially replacing Randy Nteka. Sergi Guardiola will again lead the line for the visitors, with Alvaro Garcia and Isi Palazon featuring out wide, while Oscar Valentin and Santi Comesana should continue in the middle of the defence.
Prediction: Espanyol to win with 0 on Asian handicap
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