Our football match prediction:
Despite recording a come-from-behind 4-2 win over Eibar on the last day of the season, Barcelona eventually failed to defend their La Liga trophy. The Catalan giants failed to impress in the Champions League as well, but they could save the season by beating Deportivo Alaves in the Copa del Rey final. Barca defeated Sevilla in the 2015/2016 Spanish Cup final and they are regarded as hot favourites to win Saturday’s football match against El Glorioso. Deportivo Alaves set up a meeting with Luis Enrique’s troops by beating the likes of Tarragona, Deportivo La Coruna, Alcorcon and Celta Vigo, but defeating Leo Messi and Co. is easier said than done. Gerard Pique should recover in time to face Alaves at Estadio Vicente Calderon and seeing that the Catalans are desperate to give fans some cheer, we predict that they are going to win their 29th Copa del Rey trophy.
Highlighted Player (Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realised his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment. Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015). In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves are a Spanish football club located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava. The club were founded in 1921 and they play their home games at Estadio Mendizorrotza. The capacity of the stadium is 19,840 and it has to be noted that it is the third oldest stadium in Spanish football. After spending several years in the Spanish Segunda Division, los Babazorros returned to the top flight in 2016. The colour of Alaves’ home kit is blue and white and the club’s local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the club’s biggest success. Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy.