Our football match prediction:
Despite being regarded as hot favourites to beat Elche at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 32. Los Rojiblancos have slim chances of booking their place in the Champions League knockout stages and seeing that they are unlikely to regain the La Liga trophy, we predict that the capital club will take Wednesday’s football match very seriously. Diego Simeone’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home and there is every chance they will make it to the next round of the Spanish Cup. Los Franjiverdes have been struggling in front of goal this season and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting Atletico Madrid at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Former Sevilla man Kevin Gameiro is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Jose Luis Acciari’s charges.
Highlighted Player (Sime Vrsaljko):
Born in Zadar on 10th January 1994, Sime Vrsaljko is one of the most talented footballers from Croatia’s new generation, who has already made a name for himself in Italian Serie A and Europe. The right-sided defender came through Dinamo Zagreb’s famous youth school and he earned plenty of top flight experience at a very young age before moving to Italy in 2013. After spending a year at Genoa, Vrsaljko signed for Sassuolo with a view of moving to Juventus in the future, although he has yet to realise a big club move. Capable of operating on either side of defence, Vrsaljko has emerged as one of league’s top full-backs and it is only a matter of time before he joins a top European club. Having represented Croatia at various youth levels, the defender made his senior debut in 2011 and has since come very close to nailing down a regular starting berth. Vrsaljko has a bright future in the game and he will be present at international stage in years to come.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy. Los Rojblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.