Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, Real Betis returned to winning ways at the weekend, with the team beating Osasuna in Pamplona on Matchday 9. This certainly gave the team a confidence boost ahead of Sunday’s football match against Espanyol and the hosts are certainly capable of making life difficult for los Periquitos. The Catalan outfit showed character in a 3-3 draw with Eibar at the weekend, but they failed to put an end to their three-match winless run in La Liga. Both sides are eager to move away from the danger zone, meaning that a lively contest is on the cards. Both Real Betis and Espanyol should be happy with one point from the Estadio Benito Villamarin clash and we predict that both teams will find the net on day 10. Nine goals were scored in previous three meetings between the two sides in the league.
Highlighted Player (Felipe Gutierrez):
Felipe Gutierrez is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for La Liga side Real Betis. The Chilean international is capable of playing as both attacking and left midfielder as well and he started his senior career at Universidad Catolica. He scored 19 goals in 65 appearances for los Cruzados, but in 2012 he decided to move to Europe. Gutierrez signed a deal with Eredivisie side Twente in June 2012 for a fee of $4 million. After making 94 league appearances for Twente he joined La Liga team Real Betis on 6 July, 2016. Felipe Gutierrez won Copa America with Chile in 2015 as La Roja defeated star-studded Argentina in the title game. Speaking of his club honours, Gutierrez won the 2010 Primera Division de Chile trophy with Universidad Catolica. It has to be noted that he was named Most Valuable Player of the Eredivisie for the 2013/2014 campaign. Felipe Gutierrez earned his 27th cap for Chile in a 4-1 win over Venezuela in the World Cup qualifiers in March 2016.
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.