Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Espanyol and Girona square off against each other at RCDE Stadium in the La Liga round 16. Los Periquitos have been in a fine form of late, with the team holding star-studded Barcelona to a draw in the Catalan derby, while eliminating Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey last 32. Espanyol aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash. Vinicius Souza serves a one-game ban, as well as Dani Gomez, while Keidi Bare misses out with a ligament issue.
The visitors, on the other hand, came from behind to share the spoils with Rayo Vallecano at the weekend, with the team extending their unbeaten run to five matches. Girona, though, are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that they have already suffered five defeats on the road this term, we are tempted to put our money on los Periquitos. Midfielder Oriol Romeu is banned for the match, while defenders Javi Hernandez and Juanpe remain in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin Lecomte):
Benjamin Lecomte is a French goalkeeper who started playing football at the age of six. Lecomte was born in Paris on April 26, 1991 and in 1997 he joined Arcueil Municipal football academy. After spending eight years at the club he joined Antony Sports in 2006 and four years later he moved to Niort. Finally, he continued his footballing development at Lorient.
The 186-cm-tall shoot-stopper played 22 games Lorient B before making his first-team debut in October 2010 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against AS Monaco. In January 2011 Benjamin Lecomte signed a professional contract with les Merlus and it has to be noted that he made 119 appearance in the league for the club from 2010 to 2017.
In 2017 he moved to Montpellier, signing a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 outfit. The Montpellier goalkeeper has 2 caps for France U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286.
Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well.
The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.