Espanyol and Ferencváros face at RCDE Stadium, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match, the home factor may be decisive, since Espanyol has considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
The home team reaches this group stage after having eliminated Zorya Luhansk, with a draw away by (2-2) and a home win by (3‑1). This is a team that curiously has been stronger as a visitor than in their home matches, since in the last 30 matches they have recorded 7 wins, 7 draws and 1 loss as a visitor; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. In the last match he played, for the First Division, he won Eibar out by (1-2). In its last 10 home games Espanyol records 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.
For this competition, he did not lose any of the last 6 games. His attack has scored regularly, as he always scored at least one goal in the last 6 games for this competition. In 9 games, he suffered the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Espanyol is coming for this match after a 1-2 away win against Eibar, returning to wins after three consecutive games without a victory. In the playoffs of this Europa League, the Spanish club eliminated the Ukrainians from Zorya. Usually, coach David Gallego plays in a 4-4-2, benefiting the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks, mainly through the flanks. We emphasize that the key players of the local team are Facundo Ferreyra and Sergi Darder, being the first excellent in the finalization and the second the main organizer and creator of the offensive process. Out of this match are Corchia and Iturraspe, both injured.
The visiting team reaches this group stage after eliminating Sūduva, with a home victory by (4-2) and a draw away by (0-0). This is a team that presents similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 matches it records 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; against 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in his stadium. In the last game he played, for NB I, he won Paksi out by (0-4). In its last 10 away games, Ferencváros records 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In 12 games, he only got 1 comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Ferencvaros comes for this match after a 0-4 victory against Paksi, in a match for the Hungarian championship. In the play-offs of this Europa League, the visiting club beat the Marjampolè. Coach Serhii Rebrov’s team has achieved some interesting moves, using the flanks to create danger to his rivals: Varga and Zubkov are very fast and skilled in counterattack. In addition, we highlight the quality in the completion of striker Franck Boli. All equipment is available for this game.