Espanyol vs Luzern Match Info
Date: Thursday August 15 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm BST
Venue: RCDE Stadium
Referee: Jorge Sousa (Portugal)
Espanyol vs Luzern Head-To-Head Record
1 previous match
August 8 2015: Luzern 0-1 Espanyol
Espanyol vs Luzern Stats
- Neither of these clubs has ever previously faced a team from their opponent’s country in Europe
- Luzern have played 15 previous away matches in European competitions and lost nine, with four wins and two draws
- Espanyol have won their last eight European home games
Espanyol vs Luzern Match Preview
Espanyol are back in Europe for the first time in 13 seasons and making a fine job so far of showing they will be a force to reckon with on the continental stage this term.
The Barcelona-based club had not participated in a European competition since they finished runners-up to compatriots Sevilla in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup, losing that final on penalties. But they are back after finishing seventh in La Liga last season, just edging out Athletic Bilbao with a strong end to the campaign.
Since then, manager Rubi has moved on to Real Betis, but his successor David Gallego, who was previously in charge of Espanyol’s reserve team, has started strongly with an emphatic victory over Icelandic club Stjarnan in their opening Europa League qualifier and then a 3-0 win against Luzern in Switzerland last week.
Particularly impressive so far has been Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra, who famously failed to play even a single minute when on loan at Newcastle five seasons ago but is shining now for Espanyol during an 18-month spell borrowed from Benfica.
Luzern cannot realistically travel to Spain with any great optimism of turning this tie around, especially as they have also lost their last two Swiss Super League matches to nil and scored only one goal in their latest five games.
With their opening La Liga fixture at home to Sevilla coming up on Sunday, Gallego may choose to rest a few players here but Espanyol should again be much too strong.
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Espanyol vs Luzern Betting Tips
Espanyol to win and under 3.5 goals in the match @ 11/10 with Coral
Espanyol -2 on the handicap @ 8/5 with Paddy Power