Our football match prediction:
Despite being regarded as hot favourites to win Wednesday’s football game against Osasuna, Deportivo Alaves suffered a shocking loss to the rock-bottom team in front of home fans. El Glorioso aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Real Madrid and Osasuna, but beating Espanyol in Catalonia is easier said than done. Anyhow, Deportivo Alaves have already met their goal and they will participate in the Spanish top flight for yet another season. Espanyol did well to beat Real Betis in front of home fans at the weekend, but they failed to spoil Athletic Bilbao’s party at San Mames Barria at the weekend. Los Periquitos are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Alaves suffered a dip in form, we predict that the Catalan outfit are going to record their fourth consecutive win in the national championship.
Highlighted Player (Javi Lopez):
Javi Lopez is Spanish footballer who plays for La Liga side Espanyol. Lopez plays for the Catalan outfit as a midfielder, but he is capable of playing at full back as well. After spending his youth career at Real Betis, he moved to Espanyol in 2007 and he was playing for the B squad between 2007 and 2010. Under Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino he was promoted to the first team and he has been playing for Espanyol in La Liga ever since. He made his Espanyol debut on 4 October, 2009 in a goalless draw with Villarreal. Javi Lopez was born in Osuna, Andalusia, but he lives with his family in Barcelona. The Spanish player was born on 21 January. His contract with Espanyol expires on 30 June, 2018 and it has to be noted that his market value in July, 2016 was €3 million. Following Sergio Garcia’s departure he was named Espanyol captain for the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves are a Spanish football club located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava. The club were founded in 1921 and they play their home games at Estadio Mendizorrotza. The capacity of the stadium is 19,840 and it has to be noted that it is the third oldest stadium in Spanish football. After spending several years in the Spanish Segunda Division, los Babazorros returned to the top flight in 2016. The colour of Alaves’ home kit is blue and white and the club’s local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the club’s biggest success. Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy.