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Saturday August 19 2017
Preview: Sevilla-Espanyol

Sevilla begin the 2017-18 campaign by welcoming Espanyol to the Sanchez Pizjuan, in a repeat of last season’s 10-goal thriller on the opening day.

Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo on his philosophy as a Coach: “I set out to win every game I manage. I don’t try to sell something that I don’t believe in.

“I see each game as playing for 38 League titles. Every match is important. That’s my idea of football.

“I like to start very strongly. This is a game to get ourselves in contention. If you start late, it’s worse.”

Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores on preparing for the new season: “Now we find ourselves in a different situation, we’ve known this since last season.

“We placed a huge burden on ourselves during preseason and we’re going to travel [to Seville] with a mature group of lads, who know what it means to play in the Primera.”

Sevilla (probable): Sergio Rico; Corchia, Pareja, Lenglet, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Pizarro, Banega; Jesus Navas, Muriel, Joaquin Correa

Injuries/suspensions: Carrico, Franco Vazquez (doubtful)

Espanyol (probable): Pau; Javi Lopez, David Lopez, Naldo, Aaron; Jurado, Fuego, Granero, Piatti; Gerard, Baptistao

Injuries/suspensions: Alvaro Vazquez, Diego Lopez, Oscar Duarte, Victor Sanchez (I)

Referee: Hernandez Hernandez

Previous meeting: Espanyol 3-1 Sevilla

Kick-off time: 21:15 BST/22:15 local time

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