stjarnan Team News:


Experience forward Gudjon Baldvinsson should feature for the hosts having been rested at the weekend. Few other changes are anticipated.

espanyol Team News:


Espanyol boss David Gallego could shuffle the pack by bringing in Wu Lei, Didac Vila and Bernardo Espinosa.

stjarnan vs espanyol Head to Head:

The first leg, which saw Espanyol win by four goals to nil, was the first ever meeting between the teams.

stjarnan vs espanyol Tip Reason:

Espanyol not only won the first leg in Spain, but they did so without conceding a goal, while they scored four, so to say that Stjarnan have got an uphill struggle ahead of them on Thursday would be an understatement. From this position, the Spaniards will already be thinking about the next round. It was all rather easy for Espanyol a week ago. Right from the word go, it was clear that there was a gap in quality between the pair and the Spaniards looked intent on making their superiority count. With almost 80% possession, by creating 2.14 expected goals for and by allowing their opponents just 0.41, that’s exactly what they did. Given that they ended the game with an expected goal difference of +1.63, the 4-0 win may have been slightly unmerited, though there can be disputing the fact that Espanyol were worthy winners. On their own patch, Stjarnan will hope to do better, though from this point, they’ve got little chance of progressing. That said, the Icelandic hosts can still regain some dignity by delivering an improved performance. The first leg was tough for Stjarnan, but if their home performance in the previous round is anything to go by, then they can offer more this time around. Away from home against Levadia in the previous round, Stjarnan weren’t at their best, especially defensively, as was the case at RCD Stadium a week ago, but at home, they performed well, scoring two goals and creating 2.67 expected goals for. Repeating those antics against Espanyol won’t be easy, but such numbers do at least suggest that the hosts get more competitive than they did in Spain. From a betting point of view, ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’ stands out as a viable option. Espanyol are in little danger of going out, so they can play with freedom and treat this is another warm-up game ahead of their upcoming domestic campaign. As was the case last week, David Gallego’s men should have few problems hurting the hosts, but they may not have such an easy time keeping them at bay. As they have no choice but to go for it, backing the hosts, who’ve scored five goals in three home Europa League games since 2018, to get involved offensively appeals.

Stjarnan vs Espanyol Betting Prediction:

Stjarnan 1 3 Espanyol
Tip: Both Teams Score
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Recommended BET Stakes : 7/10 units

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