The only all-La Liga tie in the Copa del Rey third round is this clash in Cornellà de Llobregat.
Espanyol are four-times winners of this competition, most recently lifting this trophy in 2006.
So far this season, Diego Martínez’s have beaten Rincón 3-0, before a narrow 1-0 victory at Atlético Paso last month; Nico Melamed the late scorer.
On New Year’s Eve, Espanyol held fierce rivals Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in Derbi barceloní.
Joselu’s penalty salvaging a point, on an afternoon when both teams ended with only ten-men.
Meanwhile, Celta de Vigo drew 1-1 with Sevilla on Friday, with Gabri Veiga on target at Balaídos.
This leaves Celta just one place above the relegation zone, below Espanyol on goal difference.
In Copa del Rey terms, O Celtiña haven’t gone beyond this stage since 2018, ousting Algar and Gernika so far this time round.
This tie is certainly tough to call, with Espanyol therefore seeking to make home advantage count.