Our football match prediction:
Espanyol and Girona face each other in the Catalan derby in the closing match of day 15. Los Periquitos head into Monday's football game following a 3-1 loss to Eibar and they sit in 15th place in the standings at the moment. The Catalan side aim to get back on course as soon as possible and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the game against the newcomers. Espanyol are tough to beat at home and, no doubt, they will fight tooth and nail against Girona. Pablo Machin’s men have been producing fine showings in the first half of the season, but the hosts want this win more than the visitors and we are tempted to put our money on Quique Sanchez Flores’ charges. The two teams face each other in the Spanish top flight for the first time ever and, no doubt, there will be fireworks when the two local rivals meet at RCDE Stadium.
Highligted Player (Victor Sanchez):
Victor Sanchez began his senior career at Barcelona, playing eight games for the Catalan giants in La Liga. He played for Barca B and Barca C in the past as well, but in 2011 he signed a two-year deal with Swiss side Neuchtatel Xamax. In the 2012 winter transfer window Sanchez returns to Spain, but this time out he joined Barca’s local rivals Espanyol. The midfielder, who is capable of playing as a defender as well, signed a three-and-a-half year deal with los Periquitos and he has been playing for the club ever since. Victor Sanchez won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies in the 2008/2009 season with Barcelona. He has yet to make his Spain debut, but he has three caps for Catalonia. Victor Sanchez made seven appearances for Barcelona in the 2008/2009 campaign. Sanchez has a contract with Espanyol, which expires on 30 June, 2018. The midfielder was born on 8 September, 1987 in Terrasa.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, Girona finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286. Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well. The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.