Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Atletico Madrid will be aiming to cement their spot in top four when they host Deportivo Alaves at an empty Wanda Metropolitano. Los Rojiblancos are high on confidence following three consecutive wins in La Liga, and, they will, as always, leave their hearts on the field. Even though head coach Diego Simeone is likely to stick to his rotation policy, home win should be considered.
Deportivo Alaves, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back losses to the likes of Celta Vigo (0-6) and Osasuna (0-1), but their La Liga status does not seem to be in danger. The Basques are stuck in the middle of the table ahead of the trip to Madrid, and given the importance of the match for the high-flying hosts, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed. Even though Alaves defender Martin Aguirregabiria returns from suspension, we are tempted to put our money on Diego Simeone’s warriors.
Highlighted Player (Diego Costa):
Diego Costa is a Brazilian-born attacker who plays for Spain. “The Tasmanian devil” decided to switch his allegiance to the Spain national team, but he did not make Spain Euro 2016 squad. The controversial forward is well known for his bad-tempered affairs and he is considered one of the most disliked men in the world of football.
Diego Costa began his senior career at Braga and he used to play for the likes of Penafiel, Celta Vigo, Albacete, Real Valladolid, Rayo Vallecano and Atletico Madrid in the past as well. Costa currently plays for Chelsea and he impressed in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign with the Stamford Bridge outfit, scoring 20 goals in the English top flight. However, he was struggling to find his best form in the 2015/2016 campaign and it is no surprise he netted just 12 goals for Chelsea in the national championship.
Diego Costa won Spanish La Liga with Atletico Madrid in 2014 and he participated in the Champions League final against Real Madrid the same season. On the other hand, he clinched the Premier League trophy with Chelsea in 2015.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves is 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 color 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.