Our football match prediction:
Atletico Madrid recorded a 3-0 win over Osasuna at the weekend, but it has to be noted that los Rojillos missed a chance to score the opener from the penalty spot in the first half of the game. Los Rojiblancos melted Barcelona’s advantage to only three points, but they are nine points behind league leaders Real Madrid ahead of Matchday 14. Diego Simeone’s men need to keep on improving their game if they are to regain the La Liga trophy and they are considered favourites on paper to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football match against Espanyol. Over the years Atletico Madrid have turned their Estadio Vicente Calderon into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to extend their winning run in all competitions to three games. Los Periquitos defeated Leganes (3-0) at the weekend, but beating los Rojiblancos in the capital of Madrid is easier said than done.
Highligted Player (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 (Espanyol):
Espanyol are a Catalan club that plays in Spanish La Liga. Espanyol were founded in 1900 and their original name was Sociedad Espanola de Football. In 1901 the Catalan club changed its name to Club Espanol de Futbol. Los Periquitos used to play in bright yellow shirts in the past, but current colour of the team’s home kit is blue and white. Espanyol’s fiercest rivals are Barcelona and the two teams face each other in the Catalan derby (Derbi barceloni). Espanyol have always been in Barca’s shadow, but it has to be noted that los Periquitos have won four Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup trophies). The likes of Raul Tamudo, Jose Maria, Antonio Argiles and Mauricio Pochettino are players with most appearances for the Catalan outfit. Espanyol play their home games at Estadio Cornella-El Prat and the capacity of the stadium is 40,500. Los Periquitos have never participated in the Champions League.