Our football match prediction:
After suffering a heavy 6-2 loss to Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna played out a 2-2 draw with Osasuna in their last league match. Los Rojillos have been struggling at the back of late, but seeing that Sporting Gijon suffered a 3-1 loss to Villarreal at the weekend, their La Liga status is no longer in danger. The Galician outfit managed to secure the top flight survival and we predict that coach Pepe Mel is going to mix the squad in Sunday’s football match against Espanyol. Los Periquitos were beaten by Barcelona (0-3) in the Catalan derby at the weekend, but they will almost certainly finish the season in the top half of the table. However, seeing that the Catalan side recorded only one win in last seven away games in the national championship, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors this time out.
Highlighted Player (Oriol Riera):
Oriol Riera is a professional football player who began his youth career at Osona. The striker, who was born on 3 July, 1986, played for the likes of Vic, Espanyol and Barcelona during his youth career. He scored 12 goals in 36 league appearances for Barca C and he played 31 matches, scoring four goals for Barca B. On 5 July, 2013 Riera signed a three-year-deal with Osasuna and he made his Primera Division debut on 18 August, coming from the bench in a 2-1 loss to Granada. He scored 13 goals for Osasuna in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, but on 28 June, 2014 he joined Wigan Athletic following Osasuna’s relegation to Segunda Division. After making 13 league appearances for the Latics, the Spanish attacker was sent on loan to Deportivo La Coruna and on 30 June, 2015 he signed a permanent deal with the Galician outfit. Orio Riera played one match for Catalonia, scoring the last goal in a 4-1 victory over Cape Verde.
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.