Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
There will be fireworks when Leganes and Espanyol square off against each other at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on Thursday evening. Both teams are eyeing promotion to La Liga, and, no doubt, a very interesting clash is on the cards. Leganes did well to beat Malaga in Andalusia at the weekend, with the team climbing to third position in the standings, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Espanyol.
Sabin has been scoring goals for fun of late, and, as a result, the Spanish attacker is likely to keep his place up front. Los Periquitos, on the other hand, suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Girona at the weekend as the visitors were without Stuani, Ramalho, and Sylla in the Catalan derby. Since Espanyol could be low on confidence in the midweek clash, we are tempted to put our money on the capital club.
Highlighted Player (Rubén Pérez):
Rubén Pérez is a Spanish footballer who was born in Ecija on April 26, 1989. The 178-cm tall midfielder is a product of Atletico Madrid youth academy, but he made no more than one appearance in La Liga for los Rojiblancos. Ruben Perez, though, played 53 games for Atletico Madrid B before joining Deportivo La Coruna on loan.
The Spanish footballer spent some time on loan at Getafe, Real Betis, Elche and Torino as well before joining Granada in 2015. After making 31 appearances for the Andalusian side from 2015 to 2018, Ruben Perez joined Leganes on loan in 2016.
In 2018 he signed a permanent deal with Leganes and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. Ruben Perez has 5 caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to receive a call-up for the senior squad.
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.