Our football match prediction:
Valencia are not enjoying a season to remember. Los Che sit in the danger zone in the La Liga standings ahead of the visit of Espanyol and they are desperate to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football game. Los Che aim to move a little closer to the top half of the table and we predict that the hosts will fight tooth and nail against los Periquitos. Valencia are determined to put an end to their four-game winless run at home and we are positive that they will find the net in Sunday’s clash. Espanyol made a slow start to the season, but they eventually found their best form and it has to be noted that the Catalan outfit suffered only one defeat in previous 11 league fixtures. Los Periquitos are tough to beat in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon.
Highligted Player (Diego Alves):
Diego Alves is a 30-year-old Brazilian footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia but is still finding his feet in national colors. The goalkeeper began his career at Atletico Mineiro but spent most of his career in Spain. He joined Almeira in 2007 and made more 123 appearances for the club. Having established himself as a solid presence between the sticks, Alves then moved to Valencia in 2011. Alves is already a regular at Valencia having made 112 appearances for the club. He was part of the Brazilian squad that won the Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics. His international senior debut was in 2011 and also represented Brazil at the Copa America Centenario. Alves has made his name as an expert penalty stopper and became the goalkeeper with most penalty saves in Spanish top flight after a successful effort against Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015. He has represented Brazil eight times.
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.