Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Deportivo Alaves impressed in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign, but the Basque outfit have been struggling in the Spanish top flight this term. Los Babazorros have recorded only one win in the first half of the season to date and they head into Saturday’s football game against Espanyol following a 2-1 loss to Valencia. Alaves aim to put an end to their three-match losing run in the national championship, but the match against los Periquitos will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Espanyol sit in the danger zone in the La Liga standings ahead of Matchday 11 and, no doubt, Saturday’s clash is of big importance for both sides. A close encounter appears on the cards and we believe that both teams should be happy with one point from the match. You should know that under 2.5 goals have been scored in each of their previous six meetings in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Enzo Zidane):
Enzo Zidane is the son of a famous French footballer Zinedine Zidane. Enzo began his career at the youth team of Juventus and in 2004 he joined La Liga giants Real Madrid. The talented midfielder was making progress year by year during his spell at Real Madrid and it has to be noted that he played 78 games for Castilla in Segunda Division. In the summer of 2017 he joined La Liga side Deportivo Alaves signing a three-year deal with the club for an undisclosed fee. Enzo was born in Bordeaux, France on March 24, 1995 and he was baptized by his father Zinedine in honour of legendary Uruguayan footballer Enzo Francescoli. Speaking of his international career, the Alaves midfielder is eligible to play for Spain or France at senior level. Enzo Zidane has one cap for Spain U15 team and he made two appearances for France U19 team. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a winger as well.
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.