Our match prediction:
Despite suffering yet another loss with Valencia at the weekend, coach Garry Neville is still in charge of the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Los Che were beaten by Real Betis at Estado Benito Villamarin and they failed to overcome a seven-goal deficit in the Copa del Rey tie against Barca in midweek. Neville is eyeing his first win as Valencia coach and Saturday’s game against Espanyol could be the turning point for los Che. Valencia have been struggling to find their form of late and it is tough to predict the outcome of the match, but considering that los Periquitos conceded 11 goals in previous two league games, we would not be surprised if the hosts pick up all three points from the match. The Catalan outfit are just one point clear of the relegation zone and it seems as if the time has come for the Mestalla outfit to return to winning ways in the national championship.
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.