Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Friday’s football game at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos pits together Almeria and Espanyol, the two teams who are almost level on points in the La Liga standings. The Andalusians did well to hold Valencia to a 2-2 draw at Estadio de Mestalla, with substitute Portillo scoring the equalizer. The experienced midfielder is pushing for a start, while Brazil defender Kaiky remains in the recovery room.
Los Periquitos, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Getafe and Real Betis. The Catalans have been showing signs of improvement of late, but beating Almeria on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. As for the away team, both Keidi Bare and Adria Pedrosa continue to miss out with injuries, while Gori will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Highlighted Player (Fernando Pacheco):
Fernando Pacheco is a goalkeeper who plays for Deportivo Alaves in Primera Division. The 186-cm-tall shoot-stopper joined Real Madrid youth school at the age of 14 and it has to be noted that he made 41 appearances for Real Madrid B in Segunda Division.
However, he failed to make his debut for the first team. On 7 August. 2015 Pacheco signed a three-year contract with Deportivo Alaves and that proved to be the best decision of his career. He made his debut for the club on 22 August, 2015 in a 3-2 victory at Huesca.
The goalkeeper, who was born in Badajoz on 18 May, 1992, made 40 appearances for Alaves in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign, conceding less than one goal per match. He missed one game with injury and he was rested in a 1-1 draw with Deportivo Tarragona on the last day of the season. Pacheco is a left-footed player and his contract with Deportivo Alaves 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.