Our match prediction:
Despite scoring four goals in their opener against Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Espanyol failed to grab something from Saturday’s football match (4-6). The Catalan outfit experienced all sorts of problems in the opening match of the season and they will give their all to try and keep a clean sheet in Friday’s game against Malaga. Espanyol are tough to beat at home and we predict that the hosts are going to pick up at least one point from the game. Los Boquerones, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with newcomers Osasuna in the opening match of the season and seeing that the visitors would be happy with one point from the RCDE Stadium clash, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Barcelona. In their last meeting in La Liga the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.
Highligted 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 (Malaga):
Malaga Club de Futbol is a Spanish football club from Malaga which host their games in Estadio La Roselado which has a capacity of 28700. The club from the south of Spain is playing in the Primera Division since 2008. In June 2010 sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bought Malaga Club de Futbol.Malaga CF was found in 1994 after a fusion between former clubs Club Deportivo Malaga and Atletico Malaga. After playing down and forth in lower Spanish divisions the clubs managed to play in the Primera Division for the first time in 1999. After a good performance in the Intertoto Cup Malaga managed to qualify for the UEFA cup for the first time ever in 2004.Well known players that played for Malaga in their career are: van Nistelrooij, Cazorla, Monreal, Baptista Saviola and Toulalan.