Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
On Sunday the 21st of January 2016 Espanyol will travel towards the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for the confrontation with Real Madrid in the 22nd round of the Spanish Primera Division. Espanyol is currently placed 13th on the table and is not in form at all; Los Pericos weren't able to win any of their last 5 Primera Division games and probably expected to be placed higher before this season started. Real Madrid on the other hand is placed 3rd and were unable to win their last game against Real Betis which was the first game Real Madrid didn't win with Zinedine Zidane as their manager. Previous confrontations between Real Madrid and Espanyol show that Real Madrid won't get into problems easily; Real Madrid won all of their last 6 games. The first game between Real Madrid and Espanyol this season end in a 0-6 victory for Real Madrid. We predict a easy victory for Real Madrid; 4-0. Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale are getting more in form every week and can be considered as one of the deadliest attacking trio in Europe.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
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.