Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Las Palmas play host to Espanyol at their Estadio de Gran Canaria on day 16 of the new La Liga campaign. Los Amarillos did well to beat Real Betis in their last home game in the national championship, but they suffered a 2-0 loss to Deportivo Alaves in the relegation six-pointer at the weekend. Las Palmas aim to move away from the relegation zone and seeing that they produced a terrific performance in the 1-0 win over los Beticos, we predict they will pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match against the Catalan side. Los Boquerones are tough to beat at home, but their showings on the travels leave a lot to be desired. Espanyol have yet to record a win on the road in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign and they are likely to spoil Las Palmas’ party at Estadio de Gran Canaria on Matchday 16.
Highlighted Player (Mauricio Lemos):
Mauricio Lemos is a Uruguay international who plays for Las Palmas as a centre-back. Lemos began his youth career at Defensor Sporting and he made nine appearances in the league for the club at senior level. In 2015 he moved to Russia, signing a loan deal with Rubin Kazan and it has to be noted that he made his debut for the Volzhane on August 3, 2015 in a 1-0 loss to Spartak Moscow. After making eight appearances for the Russian Premier League club in all competitions, Mauricio Lemos joined La Liga side Las Palmas in the winter of 2016. The 185-cm-tall footballer made his debut for los Amarillos on February 20 in a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona. The right-footed defender scored five goals in 23 appearances for Las Palmas in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign as he is a free-kick master. Lemos, who is well known for his powerful shot, was born in Rivera, Uruguay on December 28, 1995. His contract with Las Palmas should expire on June 30, 2021.
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.