Our match prediction:
Espanyol are suffering from a serious dip in form, Eusebio Sacristan’s side are on an eight-game winless run in all competitions and are coming dangerously close to the relegation zone. The only positive is that Real Sociedad are coming to Barcelona, a team that failed to triumph in last six fixtures on their travels. Even though their performances are below par, los Periquitos managed to stay undefeated in their six previous matches at Estadi Cornellà-El Prat (W2 D4). The truth is that the home supporters haven’t been seeing a lot of goals this season, as there were over 2.5 goals scored in just three out of ten games. Anoeta outfit are also struggling in front of the opposition goal when playing on the road and we really expect a close, low-scoring clash. It is rather difficult to pick a side this time out, since their previous encounters were real nail bitters and there is every chance that this one will not be an exception.
Highlighted Team (Espanyol):
Espanyol are a Catalan club that plays in Spanish La Liga. Espanyol were founded in 1900 and their original name was Sociedad Espanola de Football. In 1901 the Catalan club changed its name to Club Espanol de Futbol. Los Periquitos used to play in bright yellow shirts in the past, but current colour of the team’s home kit is blue and white. Espanyol’s fiercest rivals are Barcelona and the two teams face each other in the Catalan derby (Derbi barceloni). Espanyol have always been in Barca’s shadow, but it has to be noted that los Periquitos have won four Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup trophies). The likes of Raul Tamudo, Jose Maria, Antonio Argiles and Mauricio Pochettino are players with most appearances for the Catalan outfit. Espanyol play their home games at Estadio Cornella-El Prat and the capacity of the stadium is 40,500. Los Periquitos have never participated in the Champions League.