In a sentence: Four points separate the sides as Espanyol host Alaves for this weekend’s La Liga preview.
Last time: Contrary to the weekend football predictions, Alaves won when the two met last, back in November. A classy performance from goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco, a red card for Mario Hermoso and Christian Santos’ goal after just 45 seconds won the game for Abelardo Fernandez’s side.
This time: Espanyol are 11/10 to win, Alaves are 3/1 and a draw is 21/10.
You might remember: A 1-1 draw between the sides in 2005 in Alaves single season in La Liga in what was otherwise a thirteen-year absence. Josu Sarriego took the lead for the underdogs, going against all La Liga predictions, before Luis Garcia equalised, in Pablo Zabaleta’s first season with Espanyol.