Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Espanyol will be aiming to cement top position in the standings when they host Ponferradina at their RCDE Stadium on day 9 of the new Segunda Division campaign. Los Periquitos are determined to secure a quick return to La Liga, and we are positive that they will adopt yet another attack-minded approach against La Ponfe. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Raul de Tomas as Chinese international Wu Lei remains in the recovery room.
Ponferradina, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Sporting Gijon, but they face a difficult task in the midweek clash. Both Saul Crespo and Adri Castellanos return for the visitors, but Oscar Sielve remains in the recovery room. Anyhow, Espanyol, who have been impressive at home ground in the first half of the season, are likely to retain top position in the table with a win over La Ponfe.
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 (Ponferradina):
SD Ponferradina is a professional Spanish club based in the El Bierzo region. Founded on June 7, 1922, la Ponfe compete in Segunda Division, with the team welcoming their rivals at Estadio el Toralin. The venue is pretty small, holding up to 8,400 spectators, and it was opened in September 2000.
Ponderradina’s main rivals are Deportivo Leonesa, with the two clubs facing each other in the Province of Leon derby. La Ponfe are well known for their white jerseys with blue strips. In the 2010/11 season Ponferradina did well to win the Castilla y Leon Cup, with the team beating UD Salamanca in the title game.
The likes of Jonathan Ruiz, Oscar De Paula, Samuel Camille, William Jebor, Yuri, Lucas Dominguez, Francisco Prieto, Nabil Baha, and Dmytro Khomchenovskyi are the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Each of one them made 100 or more appearances in the league for Ponferradina.