Our football match prediction:
Deportivo La Coruna did not kick off the new La Liga campaign in style, but they have been raising their form week by week. The Galicians proved their worth in a 3-2 loss to Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in December and they put icing on the cake with a 2-0 win over Osasuna in the relegation six-pointer. Deportivo are on the right track to secure the top flight survival, but the season is long. Gaizka Garitano’s men take on Deportivo Alaves in the Copa del Rey last 16 and it remains to be seen if the hosts are capable of extending their winning run to three games in all competitions. The newcomers have been in a fine form of late as well and you should bear in mind that they are on a six-game unbeaten run ahead of Tuesday’s football match. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they will share the spoils in the first leg.
Highlighted Player (Oriol Riera):
Oriol Riera is a professional football player who began his youth career at Osona. The striker, who was born on 3 July, 1986, played for the likes of Vic, Espanyol and Barcelona during his youth career. He scored 12 goals in 36 league appearances for Barca C and he played 31 matches, scoring four goals for Barca B. On 5 July, 2013 Riera signed a three-year-deal with Osasuna and he made his Primera Division debut on 18 August, coming from the bench in a 2-1 loss to Granada. He scored 13 goals for Osasuna in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, but on 28 June, 2014 he joined Wigan Athletic following Osasuna’s relegation to Segunda Division. After making 13 league appearances for the Latics, the Spanish attacker was sent on loan to Deportivo La Coruna and on 30 June, 2015 he signed a permanent deal with the Galician outfit. Orio Riera played one match for Catalonia, scoring the last goal in a 4-1 victory over Cape Verde.
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.