Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Municipal de Anduva when Mirandes and Espanyol face each other in the Segunda Division round 29. Mirandes aim to make amends for a heavy 4-0 loss to Alcorcon, but they will have a mountain to climb in Saturday’s clash against the promotion-chasing Catalans. Since Los Rojillos experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their last league match, we do not believe that home win should be considered.
Los Periquitos, on the other hand, are on a quest to return to the Spanish top flight. Espanyol will be without suspended defender Didac Vila in Saturday’s game, but given Mirandes’ shaky defence, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the visiting team. A man to watch in the away team will be Raul De Tomas, who is enjoying yet another successful season.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Julio):
Carlos Julio Martinez is a La Masia product who plays for Mirandes in Segunda Division as a right back. Martinez started his youth career at the Barca football academy, but in 2013 he moved to Club Esportiu Europa. At the start of his senior career, the Dominican footballer played for both Villarreal B and Villarreal C before joining Marbella.
After scoring two goals in 63 appearances in the league for los Blanquillos, Carlos Julio Martinez moved to Mirandes in the summer of 2018. Speaking of his international career, Martinez made his debut with the Dominican Republic national team on December 8, 2012 in a 2-1 win over Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean Cup.
His primary position is right-back, but he can be used as a right midfielder as well. Carlos Julio Martinez was born in Santo Domingo de Guzman, Dominican Republic, and he has a dual citizenship.
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.