Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Espanyol and Osasuna face each other at RCDE Stadium in the Copa del Rey last 32 in what is expected to be a very exciting game. Espanyol are on a quest to secure automatic promotion to La Liga, while Osasuna’s main goal is to secure the Primera Division survival. Los Periquitos are fully focused on the Segunda Division, meaning that boss Vicente Moreno should use the Spanish Cup clash to rest key players.
Los Rojillos, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous five league fixtures, and they should take advantage of Espanyol’s lack of motivation. Osasuna recorded a routine 3-0 win over Olot in their last away game in the Copa del Rey, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered. You should bear in mind that Osasuna emerged triumphant in each of their last two meetings with Espanyol.
Highlighted Player (Diego Lopez):
Diego Lopez is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Milan in the Serie A. Lopez was born in Paradela on 3 November, 1981 and he played for Lugo during his youth career. He made two appearances for Lugo at senior level as well, but in 2000 he joined Real Madrid.
The 196-cm-tall shoot-stopper played for both Real Madrid C and Real Madrid B and he made just two appearances for the first team during his first spell at Real Madrid. After spending five seasons at Villarreal (2007-2012) the Spanish goalkeeper played for Sevilla in the 2012/2013 La Liga campaign, but he made no more than eight league appearances for los Sevillanos.
He returned to Real Madrid on January, 2013 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular, replacing Iker Casillas in the starting XI. However, Real Madrid fans wanted to see Iker between the posts and, as a result, Diego Lopez was forced to join Milan in 2014. Lopez has only one cap for Spain national team.
Highlighted Team (Osasuna):
Osasuna are a Basque football team that plays in Spanish La Liga. Los Rojillos are based in Pamplona and and the club were founded in 1920. Estadio El Sadar has been the home of Osasuna since 1967 and the capacity of the stadium is 19,800.
The colour of Osasuna’s home kit is red, while the team’s shorts are navy blue. Los Rojillos dropped to the Segunda Division at the end of the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, but they did not spend too many time in the Spanish second tier. The club returned to the elite division in 2016 after beating Girona in the play-offs.
Osasuna made it to the Spanish Copa del Rey final in 2005, but they eventually lost to Real Betis after extra time in the title game. The meaning of the word Osasuna is “health” in Basque and it is used in a sense of strength.