Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Estadio Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez pits together Tenerife and Espanyol. Tenerife kicked off their Copa del Rey campaign with a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in the suburbs of Madrid and they rolled over Cordoba at Estadio Nuevo Arcangel in the last 64. The Segunda Division side aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and seeing that los Blanquiazules are tough to beat at home, we predict that they will make life difficult for Espanyol in Thursday’s Spanish Cup match. Los Periquitos often struggle on the road and you should bear in mind that they are on a six-game winless run on the travels in the Copa del Rey. Tenerife want this win more than Espanyol and we are tempted to put our money on the underdogs this time out. In their last meeting at Estadio Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez Tenerife recorded a 4-1 win over Espanyol.
Highligted Player (Victor Sanchez):
Victor Sanchez began his senior career at Barcelona, playing eight games for the Catalan giants in La Liga. He played for Barca B and Barca C in the past as well, but in 2011 he signed a two-year deal with Swiss side Neuchtatel Xamax. In the 2012 winter transfer window Sanchez returns to Spain, but this time out he joined Barca’s local rivals Espanyol. The midfielder, who is capable of playing as a defender as well, signed a three-and-a-half year deal with los Periquitos and he has been playing for the club ever since. Victor Sanchez won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies in the 2008/2009 season with Barcelona. He has yet to make his Spain debut, but he has three caps for Catalonia. Victor Sanchez made seven appearances for Barcelona in the 2008/2009 campaign. Sanchez has a contract with Espanyol, which expires on 30 June, 2018. The midfielder was born on 8 September, 1987 in Terrasa.
Highlighted Team (Espanyol):
Espanyol are a Catalan club that plays in Spanish La Liga. Espanyol were founded in 1900 and their original name was Sociedad Espanola de Football. In 1901 the Catalan club changed its name to Club Espanol de Futbol. Los Periquitos used to play in bright yellow shirts in the past, but current colour of the team’s home kit is blue and white. Espanyol’s fiercest rivals are Barcelona and the two teams face each other in the Catalan derby (Derbi barceloni). Espanyol have always been in Barca’s shadow, but it has to be noted that los Periquitos have won four Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup trophies). The likes of Raul Tamudo, Jose Maria, Antonio Argiles and Mauricio Pochettino are players with most appearances for the Catalan outfit. Espanyol play their home games at Estadio Cornella-El Prat and the capacity of the stadium is 40,500. Los Periquitos have never participated in the Champions League.