Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football at RCDE Stadium pits together Espanyol and Granada. Los Boquerones suffered a 2-1 loss to Valencia at the weekend, but the team’s top flight status is not in danger at the moment. The Catalan outfit occupy 11th place in the La Liga standings ahead of the visit of Granada and a win over the Andalusian team should see the hosts regain their spot in the top half of the table. It is well known that Espanyol are tough to beat at home and, doubt, Granada face an uphill task in Saturday’s game at RCDE Stadium. Important attacker Leo Baptistao remains in the recovery room and in his absence Gerard Moreno will be the man to watch in the home team. Los Granadinos are having a season to forget and considering that they failed to beat rock-bottom Osasuna at home in their last league match, the visitors are unlikely to grab something from the game.
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 (Granada):
Granada are an Andalusian football club that plays in Spanish La Liga. The club were founded on 14 April, 1931 and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy. El Grana, though, booked their place in the Spanish Cup final in 1959, but Barcelona proved to be a big catch for the Andalusian outfit. Granada host their rivals at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, the stadium that was built in 1995. The capacity of the stadium is 23,934. Granada’s main rivals are fellow Andalusian team Sevilla, but Real Betis are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals as well. The likes of Yacine Brahimi, Juan Aguero, Gustavo Benitez, Pahinho, Denis Milar, Julio Montero Castillo, Capi, Cesar and Jose Mingorance are famous players that were part of the Estadio El Sadar outfit in the past. The original colour of Granada’s kits were blue and white, but after the Spanish Civil War the club chiefs bought new ones (red and white).