Our football match prediction:
Thanks to Ignacio Camacho’s goal Malaga picked up one point from Saturday’s football match against relegation-threatened Osasuna. Los Boquerones are not enjoying a season to remember, but they are nine points clear of the relegation zone and, as things stand now, they will compete in the Spanish elite division next season. Malaga aim to put an end to their nine-match winless run in all competitions, but Saturday’s game against Espanyol will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Andalusian outfit are eyeing their sixth home win of the season, but they will have to be at their sharpest if they are to beat los Boquerones, who head into the match following a 3-1 win over Sevilla. The Catalans have been in a thrilling form of late and we predict that they are going to share the spoils with Malaga at Estadio La Rosaleda on Matchday 21.
Highlighted Player (Roque Santa Cruz):
Roque Santa Cruz is one of the tallest strikers for Paraguay over the years. The 34-year-old striker has last appeared for the Spanish club Malaga on loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul. The lanky striker started his career in the youth teams of Olimpia and made his first-team debut at the age of 15 in 1997. His prolific scoring record with Olimpia earned him a transfer to German giants Bayern Munich in 1999 for a fee of €5 million. The initial promise didn’t convert to reality because of a series of injuries and heavy competition from team mates. His limited impact and appearances restricted his prolific scoring although he won numerous Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern. Santa Cruz joined Manchester City in 2009 but injuries limited his performances. He is currently the all-time leading goal scorer for Paraguay with 32 goals and also the sixth ever player to reach 100 appearances.
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.