Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Estadio Municipal Cartagonova will host Thursday’s La Liga 2 game between Cartagena and Espanyol, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Cartagena collected only one point in total from the last four league matches and, as a result, they are stuck at the rock bottom ahead of the midweek clash. Defender Kiko Olivas remains on the sidelines with a muscle injury, but there are no fresh selection worries in the home team.
Los Periquitos, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 3-0 win over Ferrol and a triumph over Cartagena could see them climb to top position in the standings. Espanyol are more of a team than Cartagena and we predict that the promotion-chasing Catalans are going to prove their worth on the field. Both Jofre Carreras and Keita Balde are sidelined with injuries for the visiting team.
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.