Our match prediction:
Espanyol have spent a large part of the current campaign in the danger zone, but the four wins between 20 February and 20 March should prove enough to keep them alive. Los Periquitos have struggled of late, losing to Atletico Madrid, Levante and Las Palmas, while sharing spoils with Malaga and Celta Vigo, and the game against very good Sevilla side is probably not the best opportunity to end the barren run. Los Rojiblancos, however, continue to disappoint on the road (W0 D9 L8), and they are currently more focused on their Europa League campaign. Sevilla did well to hold Shakhtar Donetsk to a 2-2 draw in midweek, meaning that coach Unai Emery is almost certain to rest several star players for the return leg at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. With that in mind, Espanyol should have the upper hand, although their poor performances of late prevent us from predicting a home win here.
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.