Our match prediction:
Saturday’s football match at Estadio de Mendizorroza pits together Alaves and Sporting Gijon, the two teams who are desperate to secure the elite division survival. Despite being regarded as big underdogs in their opener against star-studded Atletico Madrid, they did well to share the spoils with los Rojiblancos in Madrid. Alaves scored the equalizer in the dying minutes of the match and, no doubt, they are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Sporting Gijon. The visitors managed to shock Athletic Bilbao at the start of the season and they certainly gave fans some cheer at the weekend. Sporting Gijon aim to pick up at least one point from Sunday’s clash against Alaves and, taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams are going to play out a draw in Vitoria. In their last meeting at Estadio de Mendizorroza they played out a goalless draw.
Highligted Player (Manu Barreiro):
Manu Barreiro is a professional player who was born on 8 July, 1986 in Compostela, Spain. Barreiro is a product of Real Madrid youth school, but he played for Valencia during his youth career as well. He made three appearances for Valencia B, but in 2005 he joined Lalin. He played for the likes of Algeciras, Cadiz, Jerez, Zamora, Cerceda, Pontevera and Ferrol in lower leagues as well and on 27 June 2014 he signed a contract with Segunda Division side Alaves. He scored 11 goals for the club in the 2014/2015 campaign and he netted five goals in 32 appearances for El Glorioso in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign, helping the team secure promotion to La Liga. Manu Barreiro won Segunda Division B with Cadiz in the 2008/2009 season. Manu Barreiro is a centre forward, but he is capable of playing as a left winger as well. His contract with Alaves expires on 30 June, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Sporting Gijon):
Sporting Gijon are a Spanish football club that competes in La Liga. Sporting Gijon’s home ground is El Molinon, the stadium that was built in 1908. El Molinon is the oldest football field in Spain and the capacity of the stadium is 30,000. Sporting Gijon’s home kit is red and white and the club’s main rivals are Real Oviedo. The two teams take on each other in the Asturian derby. Sporting Gijon did remarkably well to finish the 1978/1979 La Liga campaign in second position in the standings and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Los Rojiblancos were runners-up in Spanish Copa del Rey in 1981 and 1982, but they have yet to win the Spanish Cup. The club was founded in 1905 and the club’s original name was Sporting Gijones. Sporting Gijon participated in the UEFA Cup on six occasions, but they did not record a good result in the European competition.