Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Following back-to-back defeats to Atletico Madrid and Cadiz, Betis will look to get back on course in La Liga when they welcome Espanyol to their Estadio Benito Villamarin. Los Beticos are eyeing a spot in European competitions, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Espanyol. Sergio Canales is banned for the match, while Edgar Gonzalez should replace German Pezzella in the starting XI as the later limped off with injury in the last league match. Aitor Garcia misses out through suspension as well.
Los Periquitos, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to Athletic Club, but given their five-game losing streak in the national championship, home win should be considered. As for the visiting side, Aleix Vidal Parreu is banned for the match, both Brian Olivan and Adria Pedrosa miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (William Carvalho):
Angola-born defensive midfielder William Carvalho has overseen a dramatic rise in his stock over the past few seasons at Sporting. William Carvalho is coming from a proper football family since his father and grandfather were also footballers, but his way to the top has had a somewhat dramatic twist to it.
Carvalho moved to Portugal as a child and first started playing football in the streets before he was picked up by Recreativos Desportivos de Algueriao. William Carvalho joined the Sporting football academy at the age of 13 The 24-year-old Portugal star player has spent two years on loan at Fatima and Cercle Brugge, before he got the chance to cement his place in the starting line-up for Portuguese giants.
William Carvalho came through all youth ranks with the Portugal national team, while he was given his senior debut in 2013. Carvalho played an important role in his country’s maiden European Championship title in France over the summer.
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.