Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
After dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo at their Camp Nou, Barcelona did well to return to winning ways in La Liga at the weekend. The last season’s runners-up defeated the Yellow Submarine 2-0 at Estadio de las Ceramicas, with Luis Suarez and Leo Messi scoring for Ernesto Valverde’s troops. Barca aim to cement top position in the La Liga standings and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Deportivo on Matchday 16. The Galician side recorded a very important win over Leganes at the weekend, but seeing that they have been struggling on the travels in the Spanish top flight this term, we do not believe they are capable of spoiling Barcelona’s party at Camp Nou. In their last meeting in La Liga Deportivo La Coruna defeated the Catalan giants and, no doubt, the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Javier Mascherano):
Born in San Lorenzo, Argentina on 8 June, 1984 Javier Mascherano began his senior career at River Plate. After making 46 appearances for the Argentine outfit he joined Corinthians in 2005 and he played 17 league games for the Brazilian team. Mascherano moved to Europe in 2006 and despite being on Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s radar, he signed a contract with West Ham United. The centre back, who is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well, played no more than five games for the Hammers in the Premier League and in 2007 he signed a contract with Liverpool. Three years later Mascherano joined Barcelona and he has been playing for the Catalan giants ever since. In 2016 he won his fourth La Liga trophy with Barca, making 32 league appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 campaign. The Argentine footballer won two Champions League trophies with Barcelona, in 2011 and in 2015. His contract with the Catalan outfit expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Deportivo La Coruna):
Real Deportivo La Coruna (also known as Depor) is a Spanish football club founded in 1906 and is currently playing in the Primera Division. The Galician club hosts it’s home games in Estadio Municipal de Riazor in A Coruna. The stadium holds a capacity for 35 000 football fans. The club clolors are Blue and White. The biggest rival of the club from A Coruna is Celta de Vigo which is a football club from the same region. The Manuel Pablo incident in 2001 shows how big the rivalry is between both Galician teams. In the last years Deportivo la Coruna is playing in different divisions in Spain. In 1974/75 the club played in the Tercera Division. Since 1992 the club had it’s glory times with winning the league title in 2000. The Copa del Rey in 1995 and 2002. And the semi finals of the Champions League in 2004. Important players in the history of Deportivo La Coruna are: Makaay, Mauro Silva, Rivaldo and Bebeto.