Hector Moreno is set to have his first league start of the season. The 26 year-old defender has recently returned to full form after breaking his leg during the most recent World Cup. Moreno played the full 90 minutes in Espanyol’s Copa del Rey match on Wednesday and is now set to make his league debut this Saturday. With strong rumors of a potential departure for the Mexican international, it will be imperative that he has a good showing in his upcoming matches.
Then again, it wont just be the Hector Moreno show either. Espanyol will be taking on Rayo Vallecano, who have Javier Aquino in their arsenal. Aquino was recently benched during Rayo’s Copa del Rey match this week, which means that the winger will likely garner some playing time this weekend. Aquino hasn’t made a serious impact since his second game of the season, and the attacker seems due for another assist or his first goal for Rayo.
Date: December 20th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. (pacific standard time)
Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Espanyol
Both teams are neighbors in the standings and are quite similar when it comes to goals scored this season. Although Espanyol have allowed less goals in the past few months, the club has yet to win an away game. It will be a close battle and one that will likely end in a tie for the two clubs.
Cesar Hernandez is a freelance writer who has recently utilized too much of his time ranking Mexican players. Follow him and argue with him on twitter @cesarh1030.