Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Racing Santander and Espanyol take on each other at Estadio El Sardinero in the closing match of Saturday’s program. Los Racinguistas did well to put an end to their three-game losing run, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence, but they will have a big fish to fry against los Periquitos. German Sanchez limped off with injury in the last league match, with Ruben Alves likely to step up. Marcos Sangalli should miss out through suspension.
The Catalans, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 2-1 win over Levante. A man to watch in the home team will be former Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite, who scored a brace against los Levantinos, while both Eduardo Exposito and Nico Melamed are out of contention with injuries. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Racing Santander suit Espanyol. It has to be noted that los Periquitos emerged triumphant in each of the previous three meetings with los Racinguistas.
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.