Javier Aguirre might just be confident of getting his first win as Espanyol boss against a Sevilla side in freefall.
“We were better defensively than offensively, but overall our work was exemplary,” said the Mexican after debuting with a 0-0 draw at Granada last weekend.
Los Pericos are still bottom of La Liga with just ten points.
“Against Sevilla you will see another Espanyol, more seasoned, aware of the importance of what is at stake,” claims defender Joan Capdevilla.
Sevilla’s shock 2-1 loss at home to Real Valladolid was their third in the last four League games and they have slipped down to 11th in the standings.
Compounding matters in midweek was a dire set of financial results which left sporting director Monchi and President Jose Maria del Nido having to defend their positions.
“I have done wrong,” confessed the latter. “We have spent two years making mistakes and here I am saying it.”
Kick off: Friday December 7, 8.30 (BST)