Our football match prediction:
Sevilla faced Espanyol in the opening match of their 2016/2017 La Liga campaign and the history repeats itself. The two teams take on each other at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan at the start of the 2017/2018 and los Sevillanos are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s football match. Last time out Sevilla recorded a thrilling 6-4 win over Espanyol in front of home fans, but they will be without key midfielder Vitolo this time out as he joined Las Palmas in the summer transfer window. The club chiefs, though, did well to sign the likes of Pizarro, KJaer, Muriel, Jesus Navas, Nolito, Corchia and Banega earlier this summer, with coach Eduardo Berizzo taking over the reins. Los Sevillanos are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that los Periquitos often struggle on the road, we predict that the hosts will give fans a reason for celebration on the opening day of the season.
Highlighted Player (Ever Banega):
Ever Banega is a classy midfielder well known for his precision passes and clinical ball-distribution skills. Having come through the youth ranks at Boca Juniors, Banega was earmarked for bigger responsibilities from a younger age. When Fernando Gago moved to Real Madrid in 2007, he became a first-team regular at Boca. In 2008, he made a big money move to Valencia for a fee of around €20 million. His stint at Valencia was marked with frustrating injuries amidst difficulties in settling in the starting XI. It was only when he moved to Sevilla in 2014 that his array of skills was in full display. Playing under Unai Emery who managed him at Valencia, Banega soon became the lynchpin for Sevilla. He was the cornerstone of their Europa League triumphs for the past two years. Banega’s pedigree in national colors is also unmatched having won an Olympic medal in 2008 and appearing in three Copa America tournaments.
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.