Espanyol vs Alcorcon
Spain – Copa del Rey 2016/17
Date: Thursday, 22nd December 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Barcelona).
Espanyol were held to a 1-1 draw by the minnows Alcorcon in the first leg of the round of 32 clash in the Copa del Rey 2016/17 edition. Alcorcon did give Espanyol a tough time to their higher ranked opponents and were leading 1-0 until 84th minute of the match before Jose Antonio Reyes saved the day of Espanyol.
Quique Flores Sanchez managed side are coming on the back of a 4-1 loss in the city derby against their neighbours Barcelona. This ended a long streak of 11 match unbeaten run in all tournaments. However Espanyol’s main weakness lie in their inability to win matches as 6 of those during the period are draws.
Alcorcon on the other hand are really struggling in the second division and there are in a fight to avoid relegation this season. They are 17th in the league table and managed just 6 wins from their 19 matches so far.
Espanyol vs Alcorcon: Head-to-head stats
Espanyol and Alcorcon previously faced off against each other during the 2013/14 Copa Del Rey clash. Alcorcon defeated Espanyol 1-0 at home during that time, but lost 4-2 in a thrilling clash in the away leg that sealed their elimination. With the latest 1-1 draw, the teams share a win and draw from three competitive matches so far.
Espanyol vs Alcorcon: Prediction
The home side will go into this game as slight favourites, but they cannot afford to be complacent as Alcorcon has a history of upsetting big teams. No one other than Real Madrid will know this better, as they were thrashed 4-0 in the cup tie in 2009/10 season. An Espanyol win is offered at the odds of 1.60 and we can back this with optimism.
Espanyol vs Alcorcon: Bet Tips
Espanyol to win at 1.60 (3/5).