Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao Barcelona melted Real Madrid’s advantage to only one point in the La Liga standings. The Catalan giants have been in a fine form of late, but seeing that los Blancos have two games in hand, Luis Enrique’s troops are unlikely to defend their trophy. Anyhow, Barca aim to extend their winning in the league and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football match against Alaves. Luis Suarez was rested against Athletic Bilbao, but the Uruguayan striker is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Manuel Pellegrino’s team. The newcomers rolled over Sporting Gijon (4-2) at the weekend, but we predict that Barcelona will pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. Alaves did well to beat Barca at Camp Nou in the reverse fixture and, no doubt, the title holders are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Manu Garcia):
Manu Garcia is a product of Real Sociedad youth academy. The Spanish midfielder, who was born on 26 April, 1986, started playing for Real Sociedad B at the age of 19, making 101 appearances for the Basque outfit between 2005 and 2008. He scored 18 goals for Real Sociedad B and, as a result, Eibar chiefs decided to sign him in July, 2008. Manu Garcia spent the 2008/2009 season on loan at Real Union, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances for the club and in 2010 he joined Logrones. Finally, in June 2012 he made probably the best decision of his career as he signed a contract with Segunda Division side Deportivo Alaves. Manu Garcia made 37 appearances for El Glorioso on his debut season and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. Garcia scored five goals for Alaves in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to Primera Division. He has a contract with Alaves which expires on 30 June, 2018.
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.