Espanyol play their first ever match on Israeli soil against Maccabi Haifa this evening. Valverdes team are going well in the UEFA cup this season and alongside Tottenham Hotspur are the only two sides unbeaten in the competition.
Valverde will be glad to see that the competition’s top scorer , Walter Pandiani , is able to start for Espanyol this evening and David Garcia faces a late test. Ferran Corominas has also impressed in Europe for the Perico’s and his four goals have seen the homegrown talent catch the eye of a number of observers in the tournament.
Jonatas has gone missing, quite literally, in Brazil , but there are rumours that Ivan De La Pena could make his return to the side.
Probable Espanyol line up : Iraizoz, Chica, Jarque, Lacruz, David García, Moisés Hurtado, Costa, Rufete, Coro, Moha y Pandiani.