Our match prediction:
Buoyed by the win over Valencia in the Europa League last 16, Athletic Bilbao take on Espanyol at RCDE Stadium on Sunday. The Basques aim to record their fifth consecutive win in La Liga, but beating los Periquitos in Catalonia is easier said than done. Constantin Galca’s men are fighting hard to secure the La Liga survival and given that they are just five points clear of the relegation zone, no doubt the hosts will give their all to pick up at least one point from Sunday’s football match. Espanyol have been in a fine form of late, with the team suffering only one defeat in last five league fixtures and that is the main reason why we predict the Catalans are going to share the spoils with the Basque outfit on Matchday 30. A man to watch in the away team will be Aritz Aduriz, who helped Ernesto Valverde’s men book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals.
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.