Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Real Betis Atletico Madrid extended their winning run in La Liga to three games and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday’s football match against Deportivo Alaves. Los Rojiblancos are six points behind league leaders Barcelona in the La Liga standings and a win over the Basque outfit will see them keep their hopes of winning the domestic trophy alive. Atletico Madrid are a real force to be reckoned with at home and Alaves are unlikely to spoil their party at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Abelardo’s men proved their worth in a relegation six-pointer against Las Palmas (2-0), but beating Diego Simeone’s troops in Madrid is easier said than done. In their last meeting in the Spanish capital the two teams played out a 1-1 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on Atletico this time out.
Highlighted Player (Diego Godin):
Diego Godin is considered one of the best defenders in the history of Uruguayan football. The Atletico Madrid centre back played for Cerro and Nacional in the Uruguayan national championship between 2003 and 2007 and in August, 2017 he signed a deal with La Liga side Villarreal. Godin made 91 league appearances for the Yellow Submarine and on 4 August he made probably the best decision of his career as he signed a contract with Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan defender won the 2013/2014 La Liga trophy with los Rojiblancos, while making it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2014, 2016). He won the Europa League trophy in the 2011/2012 season with Atletico Madrid as well. Speaking of his international career, Godin clinched the 2011 Copa America trophy with Uruguay. Despite playing as a centre back, Diego Godin often scores after set pieces and you should have in mind that he scored eight goals for Diego Simeone’s team in the 2013/2014 season (all competitions).
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.