Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
RCDE Stadium will host Saturday’s La Liga game between Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao, the two teams with entirely different ambitions for the remainder of the season. Los Periquitos are fighting tooth and nail to secure the Primera Division survival, but their four-game losing run is not giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of upcoming challenges. Uruguay defender Leandro Cabrera is back from suspension, while Sergi Gomez is banned for the match. Both Brian Olivan and Adria Pedrosa should miss out with injuries.
The Lions, on the other hand, head into the match following the Copa del Rey encounter with Osasuna, meaning that tired legs could prove to be a big problem for Inaki Williams and Co. Since the Catalans want this win more than the Basques, home win should be considered. Both Inigo Lekue and Jon Morcillo remain in the recovery room, while experienced midfielder Ander Herrera should recover in time to face Espanyol.
Highlighted Player (Iñaki Williams):
Inaki Williams is one of the most talented Spanish players. The pacey winger, who plays as a centre-forward as well, started his senior career at Basconia, scoring seven goals in 18 appearances for the club. In 2014 he moved to Athletic Bilbao, but he played for the reserve team at the beginning.
Inaki impressed in the 2014/2015 season with Athletic Bilbao B and, as a result, he was given a chance to prove his worth in the Spanish top flight with the first team. The Spanish footballer made his La liga debut on December 6, 2014, replacing injured attacker Aritz Aduriz in a 1-0 loss to Cordoba.
Inaki Williams represented Spain at the 2017 U21 European Championship in Poland and he played 20 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the final of the tournament. Speaking of the senior squad, the Athletic Bilbao footballer made his Spain debut in a 3-1 victory over Bosnia on May 29, 2016. Inaki Williams was born in Bilbao on June 15, 1994.
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.