Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Estadio Mendizorrotza will host Wednesday’s La Liga game between Deportivo Alaves and Espanyol. The Basques suffered a heart-breaking 4-0 loss to Celta Vigo at the weekend, with the team remaining in the relegation zone. The rock-bottom side face a must-win situation against Espanyol, and, one thing is for sure, they will leave their hearts on the field. Both Duarte and Escalante are back from suspension, but Ximo Navarro is banned for the midweek fixture.
Los Periquitos, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Osasuna in their last league match. Since Espanyol managed to secure the La Liga survival, we are tempted to put our money on Alaves, who are desperate to pick up all three points from the Estadio Mendizorrotza clash. Both Raul de Tomas and Nico Melamed should be recalled to Espanyol’s starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Manu Garcia):
Manu Garcia is a product of Real Sociedad youth academy. The Spanish midfielder, who was born on 26 April, 1986, started playing for Real Sociedad B at the age of 19, making 101 appearances for the Basque outfit between 2005 and 2008. He scored 18 goals for Real Sociedad B and, as a result, Eibar chiefs decided to sign him in July, 2008. Manu Garcia spent the 2008/2009 season on loan at Real Union, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances for the club and in 2010 he joined Logrones.
Finally, in June 2012 he made probably the best decision of his career as he signed a contract with Segunda Division side Deportivo Alaves. Manu Garcia made 37 appearances for El Glorioso on his debut season and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Garcia scored five goals for Alaves in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to Primera Division. He has a contract with Alaves which expires on 30 June, 2018.
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.