Both these sides picked up their first wins of the season in midweek as Espanyol were 2-1 winners at struggling Osasuna, while Celta won by the same scoreline against Gijon to climb up to 17th, a couple of spots behind Quique Sanchez Flores’s side.
Espanyol have only lost six home games since the start of last season and three of those came against the Madrid sides. Indeed, if we exclude their results against top-four teams, they’re W9-D4-L3 at the RCDE Stadium in this time.
Celta had scored just one goal all season prior to the win over Gijon as they appear to be feeling Nolito’s absence, with the winger netting 12 goals and providing seven assists last term. Celta’s away record is W8-D4-L9 since the start of last season but five of those wins came in their opening eight away games last term. They’ve since lost eight of their last 13 on the road and couldn’t even net against Osasuna in their last away trip. As a result, we’re siding with Espanyol to win and make it two on the bounce.