Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Espanyol will be aiming to make amends for the unsuccessful 2019/20 La Liga campaign when they take on Albacete in the opening match of the season. Los Periquitos are eyeing a quick return to the Spanish elite division, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in their opener. New boss Vicente Moreno is widely expected to help the team improve their game, but you should bear in mind that the likes of Iturraspe, Naldo, Calleri, Ferreyra, Victor Sanchez, Javi Lopez, and Pipa are no longer part of the team.
Albacete finished the last Segunda Division campaign only one point clear of the relegation zone, and, no doubt, the team’s main goal for the new season is to secure yet another La Liga 2 survival. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Espanyol have turned their RCDE Stadium into a real fortress.
Highlighted Team (Albacete):
Established during the World War II (August, 1940), Albacete are a Spanish club that welcome their rivals at Carlos Belmonte, the stadium with the capacity of 17,524 people. Albacete compete in Segunda Division nowadays, but during the 1990s they established themselves as the La Liga regular.
Their best ranking in the Spanish top flight came in the 1991/92 season when they finished the campaign in 7th position in the standings. El Queso Mecanico (Clockwork Cheese) have never represented Spain in European competitions. Legendary Spain international Andres Iniesta is the symbol of the club. Born in Albacete, Iniesta helped his hometown club avoid the bankruptcy in December 2011 as he became the club’s major shareholder.
As a result, Iniesta was honoured with a statue in his home province of Albacete. El Queso Mecanico wear white shirts and white shorts when playing at home, while black and purple are the dominant colours of their away kit.