Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 3-1 win over Deportivo Alaves Barcelona won their third consecutive Spanish Cup trophy and the Catalan giants are now on a quest to defend their title. New coach Ernesto Valverde is doing a great job with the Camp Nou outfit and Brazilian ace Neymar, who left the club in the summer transfer window, has not been sorely missed. Barca are leading the chase for the La Liga title and seeing that they have been impressive in the Champions League as well, it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win Tuesday’s football match against Murcia. Ernesto Valverde’s men aim to kick off their Copa del Rey campaign in style and despite the fact that the former Athletic Bilbao boss is going to rest some of his first-team regulars against the Segunda Division team, away win appears on the cards. It has to be noted that Barcelona defeated Murcia in each of their previous four meetings in La Liga.
Highligted Player (Iniesta):
Andres Iniesta is a Spanish footballer player who was born in Fuentealbilla on 11 May, 1984. He started his youth career at Albacete and in 1996 he joined Barcelona’s youth academy – La Masia. He was making progress week by week and he made his debut for the first team in 2002. In 2015 he clinched his fourth Champions League trophy with Barca and it has to be noted that he won eight league titles with the Catalan giants. Andres Iniesta is well known for his brilliant ball control and he often looks unstoppable when facing opposition defenders. The Barcelona ace is a complete footballer and he helped Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring the winner in the title game against Netherlands. Iniesta won two European Championship trophies with la Furia Roja (2008, 2012) as well. In 2011 he invested €420,000 in Albacete and he helped the club avoid administrative relegation in 2013 by loaning them a further €240,000. Speaking of his individual honours, Iniesta was named the 2010 FIFA World Cup final man of the match.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona are 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.