Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
All eyes will be on RCDE Stadium when Espanyol and Almeria face each other in the Segunda Division derby. Los Periquitos are eager to overtake Mallorca in top position, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the fellow promotion-chasing team. The Catalan side are after their fifth consecutive league win, and despite Almeria’s brilliant away record, bookies see los Periquitos as favourites to win the match.
The attacking partnership of Puado and De Tomas has been in a perfect working order of late, and we predict that the duo will make life difficult for the opposition defenders. The Andalusians, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run in La Liga 2. Several first-team regulars were rested in the Copa del Rey win over L Hospitalet, but Jose Gomes is likely to field the best possible side against Espanyol. Anyhow, home win should be considered as los Periquitos have turned their RCDE Stadium into a real fotress.
Highlighted Player (Diego Lopez):
Diego Lopez is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Milan in the Serie A. Lopez was born in Paradela on 3 November, 1981 and he played for Lugo during his youth career. He made two appearances for Lugo at senior level as well, but in 2000 he joined Real Madrid.
The 196-cm-tall shoot-stopper played for both Real Madrid C and Real Madrid B and he made just two appearances for the first team during his first spell at Real Madrid. After spending five seasons at Villarreal (2007-2012) the Spanish goalkeeper played for Sevilla in the 2012/2013 La Liga campaign, but he made no more than eight league appearances for los Sevillanos.
He returned to Real Madrid on January, 2013 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular, replacing Iker Casillas in the starting XI. However, Real Madrid fans wanted to see Iker between the posts and, as a result, Diego Lopez was forced to join Milan in 2014. Lopez has only one cap for Spain national team.
Highlighted Team (Almeria):
UD Almeria is a Spanish club based in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Los Rojiblancos are one of the newer additions to the Spanish football system, with the club being founded on July 26, 1989.
Almeria suffered relegation to Segunda Division in the 2014/15 season, and they have been competing in the Spanish second tier ever since. Los Rojiblancos are well known for their white shirts with red stripes, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey. Sofiane Feghouli, Felipe Melo, Diego Alves, Veljko Paunovic, Aleix Vidal, Alvaro Negredo, Tomer Hemed, and Mate Bilic are some notable footballers who played for Almeria in the past. Fellow Andalusian clubs Sevilla, Malaga, and Granada are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.
The club’s biggest success in Copa del Rey came in the 2010/11 season when they made it to the semis of the prestigious competition. Nonetheless, Catalan giants Barcelona proved to be a big catch for Almeria in the Spanish Cup semi-finals.