Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Albacete will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Girona and Castellon when they take on Espanyol in the La Liga 2 round 33. El Queso Mecanico are stuck at the bottom of the table, and given Espanyol’s current form, we do not believe that home win should be considered. Despite failing to find the net in the 1-0 loss to Castellon, Alfredo Ortuno should keep his place up front.
Los Periquitos are leading the chase for automatic promotion, with the team winning each of their previous three league fixtures, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Albacete. Raul De Tomas, who scored a brace in the 4-0 crushing of Fuenlabrada, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. In the first half of the season Espanyol recorded a routine 3-0 win over Albacete.
Highlighted Player (Tomeu Nadal):
Born in Manacor, Spain on February 8, 1989, Tomeu Nadal is a 187-cm tall goalkeeper who plays for Albacete in Segunda Division. Nadal is a product of the Mallorca football school, but he played for the reserve squad at senior level.
After making 47 appearances with Mallorca B in the league, the Spanish shot-stopper joined Getafe B in 2011 where he played 39 league games. Following his spell with Gimnastic where he failed to establish himself as a first-team regular, Tomeu Nadal returned to Albacete in 2016.
He has been playing an important role in the Estadio Carlos Belmonte outfit ever since he made his debut on August 21, 2016 in a 3-0 win over Zamudio. He kept his first clean sheet in the match as well. His preferred foot is right, and his contract with Albacete should expire on June 30, 2021. Tomeu Nadal has never scored a goal in his career.
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.