Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Girona and Espanyol face each other at Estadio Municipal de Montilivi in the Catalan derby. Girona impressed in the Copa del Rey win over Cadiz at the weekend, and they are now on a quest to return to winning ways in La Liga 2. Fit-again Uruguay international Stuani is widely expected to return to the starting XI. Los Periquitos, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Osasuna in the Spanish Cup, meaning that they will be fully focused on Segunda Division in the remainder of the season.
Espanyol are eager to get their revenge on Girona for the shocking loss at RCDE Stadium, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the league leaders. Espanyol boss Vicente Moreno rested several first-team regulars in the defeat to Osasuna, but he is going to field the best possible side in the Catalan derby. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Antonio Luna):
Antonio Luna is a product of Sevilla football academy. The pacey left back was born in Son Servera, Spain on March 17, 1991 and he made his senior debut with Sevilla B. Antonio Luna made 32 appearances in the league for the reserve team, while playing 21 games for los Sevillanos in the Spanish top flight.
After ending his loan spell with Mallorca in 2013, Luna moved to England and signed a three-year deal with Aston Villa. It has to be noted that the Spanish footballer found the net for the Villans on his Premier League debut in a 3-1 win over Arsenal. After making 17 appearances in the English elite division for the Villa Park outfit, he returned to Spain in 2015, signing a deal with Eibar.
Antonio Luna scored one goal in 41 appearances for los Armeros before joining fellow La liga side Levante in 2017. You should know that Luna has five caps for Spain U20 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.