Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Mallorca and Espanyol square off against each other at Visit Mallorca Estadi in the opening match of La Liga round 12. Los Bermellones did well to shock Valencia at Estadio de Mestalla, with the team putting an end to their four-game winless run. Mallorca aim to climb to the top half of the table, and they are surely capable of matching los Periquitos on home soil. A man to watch in the home team will be Vedat Muriqi, who scored his 5th goal of the season at the weekend, while midfielder Clement Grenier is back from suspension.
The Catalans, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Elche, with the team remaining in the bottom half of the table. Given Espanyol’s three-game winless run on the road, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Javier Aguirre’s troops. Adria Pedrosa remains in the recovery room, while fellow defender Ruben Sanchez is rated doubtful for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Predrag Rajkovic):
Predrag Rajkovic is a professional footballer who plays for Stade Reims and the Serbian National team. Born on the 31st of October, 1995, the Serbian goalkeeper spent his youth career with Hajduk Velijko and Jagodina before signing a professional contract, his first, with the latter in 2012.
His first professional appearance came on the 9th of March, 2013, in a Serbian Superliga match against Partizan. A two-year stint at Red Star Belgrade succeeded Rajkovic's time at Jagodina, after which he moved to Israel to join Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015. At Aviv, the six-foot-tall established himself as a first-team regular, and in his four-year spell at the club, he made 192 appearances, kept 90 clean sheets and won the Toto Cup.
The 24-year old now plays in Ligue one with Stade Reims and is on a contract that expires in 2023. At the International level, Rajkovic is a former youth international and has capped at every youth level for Serbia. He made his senior team debut meanwhile on the 14th of August, 2013, in a friendly match against Colombia.
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.