Our football match prediction:
Osasuna are having a season to forget and, as things stand now, they are likely to drop to Segunda Division at the end of the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign. The rock-bottom teams are eight points behind the “safe zone” and, no doubt, Sunday’s football game against Espanyol is of big importance for the visitors. Osasuna have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at los Periquitos, but beating the Catalan outfit on the road is easier said than done. Quique Sanchez Flores’ troops failed to make life difficult for Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in their last league fixture, but the Catalans are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they will return to winning ways on Matchday 24. In Leo Baptistao’s absence, Pablo Piatti will be the man to watch in the home team and the former Valencia winger is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line.
Highlighted 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 (Osasuna):
Osasuna are a Basque football team that plays in Spanish La Liga. Los Rojillos are based in Pamplona and and the club were founded in 1920. Estadio El Sadar has been the home of Osasuna since 1967 and the capacity of the stadium is 19,800. The colour of Osasuna’s home kit is red, while the team’s shorts are navy blue. Los Rojillos dropped to the Segunda Division at the end of the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, but they did not spend too many time in the Spanish second tier. The club returned to the elite division in 2016 after beating Girona in the play-offs. Osasuna made it to the Spanish Copa del Rey final in 2005, but they eventually lost to Real Betis after extra time in the title game. The meaning of the word Osasuna is “health” in Basque and it is used in a sense of strength.