Real Valladolid returns to La Liga action this weekend, as they will be looking to end a three-game wait for a victory. Espanyol will be the visitors on Sunday, as they bid to record a third straight victory and edge closer to the top half of the standings.
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It has been a difficult season to this point for Real Valladolid, and they will be looking to get back to winning ways in La Liga this weekend to enhance their chances of survival. They currently sit 17th in the overall standings, but they are just a single point clear of the bottom three places. However, their chances of victory this weekend certainly appear to have been negatively impacted based on their recent results, as they have gone three without a win.
They are also the only team in the bottom five not to have picked up a victory over their previous three matches, and Valladolid comes into this fixture after having lost their last two. Their most recent defeat was suffered on the road against Celta Vigo, as they were easily brushed aside by a 3-0 scoreline. There will need to be a much better performance this weekend if they are to stand any chance.
Espanyol certainly appears to be a team playing at their very highest level at present, as they have claimed victories in each of their previous two matches. That run of form has seen them rise to 12th in the standings, and they could close to within a point of the top ten with victory in the league this weekend.
Espanyol were excellent 2-1 winners in their previous fixture, as they registered a home success against Mallorca. The hero in that match was Martin Braithwaite, as the former Barcelona star scored twice.
Valladolid vs Espanyol Head to Head
Espanyol picked up a 1-0 victory in the previous fixture between these sides this season. However, Valladolid has still won two of the last three, which includes a 2-1 success in this exact fixture last season. Meanwhile, there has only been one draw in the previous seven meetings between the teams.
Valladolid vs Espanyol Prediction
Espanyol has been in excellent form in recent weeks, and we like their chances of finishing in the top half of the standings this season. Therefore, we expect them to pick up a third straight victory in the league this weekend.
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