Our football match prediction:
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will host Sunday’s football game between Real Madrid and Espanyol. Los Blancos did well to bounce back from a shocking 1-0 loss to Real Betis, with the team beating Deportivo Alaves on the road in their last league match. Zinedine Zidane’s troops do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and they need to find their best form as soon as possible as Barca are seven points clear of them in the La Liga standings ahead of Matchday 7. Real Madrid face a difficult task against in-form Espanyol and the title holders will have to be at their sharpest in Sunday’s clash if they are to record their first home win of the season. Cristiano Ronaldo has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch of late, but the game against Espanyol could be the turning point for the Portuguese superstar. The Catalan side rolled over Deportivo La Coruna on home soil at the weekend, but beating los Blancos on the road is easier said than done.
Highlighted Player (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in world football. The Croatian ace is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth school and it has to be noted that he played 94 league games for the Modri between 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £16.5 million. Luka made his Tottenham debut on 16 August, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. The Croatian star scored only 13 goals in 127 league appearances for the Spurs, but he is well known for his brilliant passing. In 2012 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million and he made his debut against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, return leg. Modric quickly established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, he helped the capital club win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016). You should bear in mind that he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
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.