Our football match prediction:
Real Madrid and Espanyol square off against each other at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Matchday 23 in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Saturday’s program. Los Blancos failed to impress against rock-bottom side Osasuna at the weekend, but the league leaders eventually scored two goals in the second half of the game and moved one step closer to winning the La Liga title. Zinedine Zidane’s troops are after their eighth consecutive win at home in the Spanish elite division and seeing that Espanyol struggle when facing top-table side on the road, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Saturday’s clash. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 3-1 win over Osasuna and CR7 is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in Saturday's football match. You should have in mind that Real Madrid are after their tenth consecutive win over Espanyol in all competitions.
Highligted Player (Varane):
French footballer Raphael Varane is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world. The 191-cm-tall centre back played for Lens in the 2010/2011 season and on 22 June, 2011 he signed a contract with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho helped him made a great progress during and the French defender established himself as a first-team regular in the 2014/2015 La Liga campaing. Varane won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in 2016 and it has to be noted that he clinched only one La Liga title with los Blancos (2011/2012). Varane is very fast and he is a player with extraordinary aerial ability and the ability to read the game. He often scores after set pieces and it has to be noted that he netted two goals for Real Madrid in all competitions in the 2014/2015 campaign. Varane plays for France national team, but he missed the 2016 European Championship finals through injury.
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.