OLOT VS ESPANYOL PREVIEW & PREDICTION
The picture “parakeet” starts as a favorite to win the match due to its higher soccer hierarchy and especially the great difference in level between one squad and another. For this reason and knowing that the local plays in the Spanish third division, we believe that the “blue and white” have what it takes to handle the ball, generate scoring situations and win the game by an advantage of one or two goals. Of course, the process will be somewhat slow and locked at times due to the pre-season work that both teams are doing these days.
The team’s campaign in the last season of the Second Division B – Group 3 was very bad, after adding only 43 points and being one step away from the Promotion zone and the direct descent. It only added 9 triumphs in 38 presentations, obtaining later 16 ties and 13 falls. In short, it is a combative and harsh team but quite limited at the time of elaboration. Suffice it to know that he scored 34 goals and gave 38 to corroborate this claim. Playing as a local recorded 6 wins, 10 parities and 3 falls, numbers that allow us to reaffirm the aforementioned (irregular oncena that specifies little and receives few goals in his goal, showing it by scoring 18 goals and giving 14 in total).
If we try to visualize what the UE Olot will try to do in this game, we believe that it will look to fight the midfield and not give up a goal in the first minutes of the game. The logic indicates that it retreats its lines, trying to take advantage of the lack of football of its rival to be able to hold the zero in its goal for as long as possible. In offensive matters there is little to do, but try to reach the goal through punctual plays and stopped balls (corners, free throws and near the area). Of course, the lower quality of its players could take its toll at the time of marking and cover spaces. So be a friendly, this kind of details end up noticing at specific moments of the matches.
The campaign of the Catalans last season was not very good to say, as the team sailed in the irregularity to add different results and very marked (11th place of the Santander League, product of 12 wins, 13 equalities and 13 falls total). Of course, despite these numbers, the team was always far from the direct decline, standing out for being an uncomfortable rival to overcome. As an added fact you should not forget that he closed the season 2017-2018 in a good way by harvesting 1 parity and 4 victories in his last 5 league presentations. On the visit he managed to win 4 wins, 7 draws and 8 trips, scoring 16 goals and receiving 26 in his goal.
The “parakeets” are already immersed in the preseason, under the command of technician Rubi. The objective of the team is to adapt from the tactical and from the football, being ideal that the harsh preseason does not affect the players too much. At the moment, the only signing made by the club has been Borja Iglesias, scorer of Zaragoza for which he paid 10 million euros (highest transfer in the history of the institution). Other important players who remain on the squad are the following: Sergio García, Víctor Sánchez, Dídac Vilà, Diego López, Granero, Sergio Sánchez, Naldo, Darder, Piatti, Leo Baptistao and Álvaro Vásquez.
Both teams have played two friendlies in the last 4 years. The first was in August 2014 and the score was equal to one goal per side. Years passed and they faced each other again almost a year ago, being the “parakeets” who won in a convincing way that comparison (0-4 after winning 0-1 partially the first 45 ‘minutes of play).
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / NO @ 1.43