Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Monday’s clash between Lugo and Espanyol will bring down the curtain on La Liga 2 Matchday 24. Lugo aim to make amends for a 3-2 loss to Leganes, but bookies see them as underdogs in the game against the promotion-chasing side. However, Mehdi Nafti’s men are tough to beat at home, with the suffering only two defeats in the process at Estadio Anxo Carro. A man to watch in the home team will be Barreiro, who scored a brace in the defeat to Leganes.
Los Periquitos, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-2 loss to Rayo Vallecano, with the team dropping to second position in the standings. Espanyol are eager to overtake los Bermellones in the first place, but beating Lugo on the road is easier said than done. A close match is on the cards at Estadio Anxo Carro, and we believe that punters can find value in betting on draw.
Highlighted Player (Manu Barreiro):
Manu Barreiro is a professional player who was born on 8 July, 1986 in Compostela, Spain. Barreiro is a product of Real Madrid youth school, but he played for Valencia during his youth career as well. He made three appearances for Valencia B, but in 2005 he joined Lalin.
He played for the likes of Algeciras, Cadiz, Jerez, Zamora, Cerceda, Pontevera and Ferrol in lower leagues as well and on 27 June 2014 he signed a contract with Segunda Division side Alaves. He scored 11 goals for the club in the 2014/2015 campaign and he netted five goals in 32 appearances for El Glorioso in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign, helping the team secure promotion to La Liga.
Manu Barreiro won Segunda Division B with Cadiz in the 2008/2009 season. Manu Barreiro is a centre forward, but he is capable of playing as a left winger as well. His contract with Alaves expires on 30 June, 2017.
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.