Here is what I missed:

Sevilla Projected Lineup: 4–2–3–1
GoalKeeper: Sergio Rico
Defenders: Mariano, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Tremoulinas
Holding Midfielders: N’Zonzi, Krohn-Dehli
Midfielders: Vitolo, Banega, Konoplyanka
Striker: Gameiro
Sevilla Actual Lineup: 4–2–3–1
GoalKeeper: Sergio Rico
Defenders: Mariano, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Tremoulinas
Holding Midfielders: Iborra, Cristoforo
Midfielders: Vitolo, Banega, Konoplyanka
Striker: Immobile

Iborra & Cristoforo come in for N’Zonzi and Krohn-Deli. Immobile starts over Gameiro. Is this due the manager seeing a better tactical matchup against Espanyol’s defensive backfour with the Italian over his French and Spanish striker teammates, in Gameiro and Llorente respectively?

Espanyol Projected Lineup: 4–2–3–1
GoalKeeper: Pau Lopez
Defenders: Duarte, Roco, Alvaro, Javi Lopez
Holding Midfielders: Abraham, Victor
Midfielders: Perez, Asensio, Moreno
Striker: Caicedo
Espanyol Actual Lineup: 4–2–3–1
GoalKeeper: Pau Lopez
Defenders: Duarte, Roco, Alvaro, Javi Lopez
Holding Midfielders: Jose Canas, Victor Sanchez
Midfielders: Asensio, Salva Sevilla, Perez
Striker: Caicedo

18' — Sevilla’s Ciro Immobile makes the most of his starting position up top with the definition of a “clean up” goal. He pounced on the bouncing ball in the box, and extends his leg to pokes it into the net. Vitolo with the superb run down the right flank and tries to chip the keeper, but Espanyol’s Pau Lopez gets a block on it. Vitolo is unsuccessful but the ball isn’t cleared out of the box, and Immobile is rewarded for his scrappy efforts.

44' — “Banega to Immobile and back to Banega.” The Argentinian with a cool finish past the oncoming goalkeeper makes it 2–0 to the hosts. great team play moving forward, quick 1–2s to draw in a defender close & turn on him into space. Working well so far. Sevilla look the better leading just before halftime.

HT Quick Hits:

Sevilla lead 2–0 after one half of the 90' played. The home team are getting into good offensive spaces, and creating even better opportunities through second chances. Crosses are coming in hot. Every other possession is a ball whipped in from the wings.

45' — Halftime substitution for Espanyol. Joan Jordan comes in for Victor Sanchez. The visitors need a spark to start this second half or it could be a long 45 minutes.

48' — Great run of play by Espanyol. Caicedo gets around a player in midfield and then lays it off to an oncoming teammate who switches fields with a great diagonal ball on the floor. They can’t keep swinging it around to find the open man, and they get caught in possession inside the box. Sevilla clears the pressure. Best chance so far for the visitors from Barcelona.

52' — Substitution: Jose Canas off, Burgui on. Taking both “holding” or more defensively minded midfielders off early in the first half shows that Espanyol’s manager Constantin Galca is at least going for it. Burgui and Jordan offer a little more attacking prowess and hopefully that extra bit of creativity to create opportunities in Sevilla’s defensive third.

63' — Reyes on. Sevilla’s first substitution comes just after an hour played at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

69' — Krohn-Deli on for the maestro in the midfield, Ever Banega. One of the goalscorer, Banega has been great with his one touch passing and attacking runs at the defense. Sevilla manager Unai Emery will shore up the midfield with the addition of the Danish international, and look to secure a vital three points.

71' — Gerard Moreno on, Salva Sevilla off. A surprising omission from the starting 11, Moreno comes in as the 3rd and final substitution for the visitors.

75' — The in form striker and thought to be favored striker Gameiro comes on as the home side’s last substitution.

FT Quick Hits:

Two first half goals for the home team is the difference. My prediction was 3–1 to Sevilla. I thought that Espanyol would have scored a counter attacking goal, but their luck didn’t play out this evening in Andalusia. Caicedo with the best chance of the night for the visitors. Sevilla didn’t score three like I believed they would, but not for lack of opportunities. The hosts could of easily added to their tally, but should be happy with a clean sheet. With the win and 3 points, Sevilla now go level on 26 points in La Liga. That is good for 6th place and a now current spot in next year’s European playoff football.

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