Our match prediction:
Following a morale-boosting win over Deportivo La Coruna, Espanyol will be looking to escape the relegation zone with a win over fellow relegation strugglers Sporting Gijon. The two teams take on each other in the relegation six-pointer at Estadio Municipal el Molinon and a close encounter is on the cards this time out. Los Rojiblancos are tough to beat at home ground and given Espanyol’s poor away record, there is every chance the hosts will grab something from Saturday’s league game. Los Periquitos missed a number of clear-cut opportunities to double their lead in the victory over Deportivo and that is the main reason we predict that the visitors will pick up at least one point from the Estadio Municipal El Molinon game. When the two sides met in Barcelona earlier this season Sporting recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Espanyol, but the two teams should cancel each other out this weekend.
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.