Our prediction for this Europa League match:
The 2019/2020 season has been a mixed bag for Espanyol. Los Periquitos have been producing splendid performances in the Europa League, with the team struggling in the Spanish top flight. The Catalan outfit sit in the relegation zone in the La Liga standings, but they have already booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Espanyol boss Pablo Machin is likely to use the CSKA Moscow game to rest several first-team regulars, meaning that home win should not be considered.
The Russian outfit, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Europa League this term. The Armeitsy have collected only two points from possible 15 in Group H, and they have nothing to play for in their last group game. However, we predict that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s clash against Espanyol, who will be without key players this time out.
Highlighted Player (Javi Lopez):
Javi Lopez is Spanish footballer who plays for La Liga side Espanyol. Lopez plays for the Catalan outfit as a midfielder, but he is capable of playing at full back as well. After spending his youth career at Real Betis, he moved to Espanyol in 2007 and he was playing for the B squad between 2007 and 2010.
Under Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino he was promoted to the first team and he has been playing for Espanyol in La Liga ever since. He made his Espanyol debut on 4 October, 2009 in a goalless draw with Villarreal. Javi Lopez was born in Osuna, Andalusia, but he lives with his family in Barcelona. The Spanish player was born on 21 January.
His contract with Espanyol expires on 30 June, 2018 and it has to be noted that his market value in July, 2016 was €3 million. Following Sergio Garcia’s departure he was named Espanyol captain for the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
Highlighted Team (CSKA Moscow):
The most prominent division of the CSKA Moscow sports club, the Armeitsy as they are commonly referred to in Russia were founded in 1911 and were the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, PFC CSKA Moscow have been become a privately owned club, with the Ministry of Defence as a shareholder.
The Army Men are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football with a rich legacy and extensive heritage both in modern era and in Soviet football alike CSKA Moscow won seven Soviet championship titles, while they have also added six Russian Premier League title for the total tally of 13 major domestic honours.
CSKA Moscow also boast a remarkable record at the international level as well with the Armeitsy winning the UEFA Cup in 2005 having beaten Sporting CP to become the first ever Russian club to win a major European title. During the last decade CSKA Moscow reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2010 and the knockout stage the following year.