Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Malaga play host to Espanyol at Estadio la Rosaleda in their first game of the year. Los Boquerones have collected only 11 points from possible 51 and, as a result, they sit in the relegation zone in the La Liga standings ahead of Monday’s football match. Malaga chiefs will have to be very active in the January transfer window as the Andalusian outfit do not seem to be competitive at this level in the 2017/2018 season. Espanyol are high on confidence as they defeated Atletico Madrid in their last league match and, no doubt, the Catalans aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Los Periquitos are more of a team than los Boquerones and we predict they are going to emerge triumphant in Monday’s game. In their last meeting in Andalusia Espanyol recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Malaga and there is every chance one goal will separate the two teams this time out as well.
Highlighted Player (Recio):
Recio is a Spanish footballer who was born in Malaga on January 11, 1991. Recio is a product of his home-town club Malaga and he has been playing for los Boquerones at senior level since 2010. The right-footed midfielder spent the 2013/2014 La Liga season on loan at Granada and he returned to Malaga at the end of the campaign. It has to be noted that he scored four goals in 45 appearances for los Granadinos in the Spanish top flight. Recio made only 18 appearances for Malaga in La Liga in the 2016/2017 season, scoring three goals in the process, while providing two assists for his teammates. Speaking of his international career, the midfielder made his debut with Spain U21 team on March 24, 2011 in a friendly against France. To make things even better for him, Recio represented Spain at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia later that year, making four appearances for La Roja at the showpiece tournament. Recio’s main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing a defensive midfielder as well.
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.