Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Seeing that Wolverhampton crushed Espanyol 4-0 at Molineux Stadium, the Wolves are with one foot in the Europa League last 16. The Premier League side proved their worth in the first leg, meaning that manager Nuno Espirito Santo can breathe easier ahead of the trip to Catalonia. Regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we are positive that Wolverhampton are going to defend their four-goal advantage in the return leg.
Los Periquitos, on the other hand, have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Wolves. Considering that the La Liga side will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, we predict that the visitors will have a number of opportunities to score in the second leg. Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick in the first leg, meaning that Espanyol defenders should have him at bay.
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 (Wolves):
Wolverhampton are a club that was originally known as St. Luke’s FC. The Wolves play in the Championship and they were founded in 1877. Molineux is the home ground of Wolverhampton and the capacity of the stadium is 31,700. Wolverhampton have won four FA Cup trophies (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960), with the team lifting the League Cup trophy in 1974 and 1980.
The colour of the club’s shirts is orange and they wear black shorts. The Wolves wear blue jerseys when playing away from home. Wolverhampton’s main rivals are West Bromwich Albion and they have been facing each other in the Black Country derby since 1888. In their first meeting in the local derby WBA recorded a 1-0 win over Wolves.
Wolverhampton have won three First Division trophies (1953/1954, 1957/1958, 1958/1959) and they have clinched four FA Cup titles as well (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960). The club’s owner is Steve Morgan.