Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
After holding Barcelona to a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou, Atletico Madrid will be looking to cement their spot in top four when they host Mallorca at their Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Los Rojiblancos have been producing fine displays after the coronavirus break, and it is no wonder they are seen as hot favourites to win Friday’s football game. Koke and Stefan Savic are both likely to return to the starting line-up after missing the Barca game through suspension.
Mallorca, on the other hand, aim to build on a 5-1 win over Celta Vigo. Los Bermellones picked up vital three points in their battle for survival, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Atletico Madrid. Both Martin Valjent and Ante Budimir are banned, Lumor Agebnyenu is sidelined with injury, and given Atletico’s home record in La Liga, the relegation strugglers are likely to return home empty-handed.
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 (Mallorca):
Thanks to a win over Deportivo La Coruna in the 2018/2019 Segunda Division play-offs final Mallorca secured promotion to Primera Division. Los Bermellones returned to the Spanish top flight following a six-year absence. Over the years Mallorca have turned their Estadi de son Moix into a real fortress, with the team producing much better showings at home than on the travels.
Opened in June 1999, the venue can hold up to 23,142 people. The club based in Balearic Islands are well known for their red shirts with one black stripe and black shorts. Mallorca’s away colours are white and red. Former Barcelona and Inter ace Samuel Eto’o is undisputedly the most notable footballer who played for the club.
Back in 1999 Mallorca made it to the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final, with the team suffering a 2-1 loss to Lazio in the title game. Four years later los Bermellones won Spanish Copa del Rey, which is considered the club’s biggest success.