Espanyol welcomes CSKA Moscow in an Europa League game from Group H
Espanyol welcomes CSKA Moscow in an Europa League game from Group H of the competition. In our Europa League predictions we will say few words about this match in the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Espanyol already won this group. Los Pericos are first with 11 points at the top of the group, being 4 points ahead of the second Ludogorets. They are now untouchable. Espanyol’s performance in La Liga is a disaster, but in Europe they are performing pretty well this season. They are still unbeaten in Europa League, having a record of three wins and two draws.
Having to play against Real Betis few days later, Espanyol are probably going to rest their whole team on Thursday. La Liga is the absolute priority for the club at the moment, plus they already won the group and this game is just a protocol thing for them. The manager Pablo Machin will have the chance to test the quality of many young players from the Academy of the club against CSKA.
Speaking of CSKA Moscow, their performance in Europa League this season was just awful. They were one of the favourites in this group, but now they are fourth with just two points won. Five games and not even one of them won – this is humilating for this big Russian club.
Because of being a game without any importance for the club, most likely CSKA Moscow’s manager Victor Goncharenko is going to make some experiments with his line-up, too. Many of his players dissapointed him in Europe this season, so a change could lead to something better now.
That’s our Europa League predictions for the match between Espanyol and CSKA Moscow in Group H. For both teams this match is not meaningful in any way, so we don’t expect much from it.