Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Estadio Municipal de Castalia will host Friday’s Segunda Division game between Castellon and Espanyol. Castellon are eyeing their third consecutive win at home, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play. However, beating the title-chasing Catalans behind closed doors is easier said than done. Los Periquitos, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Logrones.
Espanyol aim to put an extra pressure on league leaders Mallorca, and given their attacking potential, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score. Midfielder David Lopez, who suffered an injury in the crushing of Logrones, is unlikely to feature against Castellon. As for the hosts, defender Carlos Delgado is likely to miss the match after picking up a knock in the goalless draw with Lugo at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Oscar Whalley ):
Oscar Whalley is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Castellon in Segunda Division. After spending his youth career at the likes of UD Amistad and Zaragoza, Whalley continued playing for Zaragoza B at senior level.
After making 26 appearances in the league for the reserve team, the 189-cm-tall shot-stopper played 22 games for the senior team. After his spells with the likes of Huesca (loan), Sporting Gijon, Aarhus, and OFI, Oscar Whalley returns to Spain in 2020, signing a deal with aforementioned La Liga 2 side Castellon. Whalley made his Segunda division debut with los Albinegres in a 2-1 win over Ponerradina on September 12, 2020.
He kept his first clean sheet the following month in a 2-0 home win over Leganes. Speaking of his international career, the Castellon goalkeeper made his Spain U21 debut in a 4-1 loss to Belgium on November 12, 2014. His preferred foot is left.
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.