Our prediction for this Champions League match:
David faces Goliath at Puskas Arena on Wednesday evening as Ferencvaros and Barcelona go head to head in the Champions League round 5. Ferencvaros were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Juventus in Turin in their last group game, but the Italian champions eventually scored a late winner. The Hungarians are eyeing a place in the Europa League knockout stages, but they face an uphill task against Barca.
The Catalans have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team rolling over Dynamo Kiev (4-0) in the Champions League and Osasuna (4-0) in La Liga. Ronald Koeman’s men aim to keep their 100% record intact in Group G, and we are positive that they will record yet another routine win over Ferencvaros. Pique, Fati, Umtiti, Roberto, and Araujo are likely to miss the game with injury, while Leo Messi should be recalled to the starting XI after he was rested in the 4-0 win over Dynamo Kiev.
Highlighted Player (Lasha Dvali):
Lasha Dvali is a Georgian footballer who plays for Hungarian side Ferencvaros as a defender. Lasha Dvali’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as both left-back and defensive midfielder as well. The 191-cm tall footballer has a contract with Ferencvaros until June 30, 2020.
Before joining the Hungarian champions, the Georgian defender played for the likes of Skonto, Reading, Kasimpasa, Duisburg, Slask, Irtysh Pavlodar and Pogon. Lasha Dvali is a product of Saburtalo football academy, but he played for Metalurgi Rustavi during his youth career as well. The Ferencvaros centre-back made his debut with the Georgian national team on March 2015 against Germany, coming as a substitute for Aleksandre Amisulashvili.
He has eight caps with the U21 team as well. Lasha Dvali will have a chance to prove his worth in the Europa League as Ferencvaros will compete in the European competition in the 2019/2020 season.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.