Our match prediction:
Following a 5-2 loss to Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Osasuna played out a goalless draw with Celta Vigo at the weekend. Los Rojillos are now on a quest to record their first triumph of the season and they are certainly capable of picking up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Espanyol. Los Periquitos failed to make life difficult for Real Madrid at the weekend and, as a result, they remained in the danger zone in the La Liga standings. Both Osasuna and Espanyol are desperate to pick up all three points from the match and we predict that both sides are going to find the net at Estadio El Sadar. In their last meeting in the Spanish elite division the two teams played out a 1-1 draw and we would not be surprised if history repeats itself. Anyhow, share of spoils appears on the cards.
Highligted Player (Mario Fernandez):
Mario Fernandez is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Osasuna. He started his youth career in his home-town club Racing Santander and he continued playing for the club at the start of his senior career. Mario Fernandez played 48 games for Racing Santander B between 2006 and 2009 and on 6 January 2010 he made his debut for the first team. Racing Santander defeated Alcorcon 3-2 in Copa del Rey back then and he played in the return leg as well (0-0). On 4 August, 2015 Fernandez joined Osasuna, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper for the El Sadar outfit in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign. Mario Fernandez has three caps for Spain U19, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team. Fernandez is a 184-cm-tall goalkeeper and he wears number 1 on his shirt. His contract with Osasuna expires on 30 June, 2017. Fernandez was born on 30 April, 1988.
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.