Our football match prediction:
Deportivo La Coruna suffered a heart-breaking (0-4) loss to Leganes in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer and, no doubt, coach Gaizka Garitano feels pressure ahead of the visit of star-studded Atletico Madrid. The Galicians are eager to bounce back from the defeat, but beating los Rojiblancos is easier said than done. Deportivo’s top flight status is in great danger, but seeing that they head into Thursday’s football game with the lack of confidence, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Atletico Madrid were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Barcelona in Sunday’s La Liga derby, but Leo Messi eventually scored a late winner for the Catalan giants. Diego Simeone’s men have slim chances of winning the domestic trophy, but they aim to finish the season in top three and we predict that the visitors will go all guns blazing at Deportivo on Matchday 25.
Highlighted Player (Celso Borges):
Celso Borges is an experienced 28-year-old central midfielder who currently plays for Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna and the Costa Rica national team. Borges was a youth prospect at Saprissa before making his making his professional debut at the age of 18. He had a very successful career winning five national championships with Saprissa. Borges later had stints at various clubs before joining Deportivo in 2015 initially on loan and then permanently. He played in the 2005 U-17 FIFA World Championships and was considered among the best players of the tournament. His youth team exploits earned him a senior team debut in 2008 after which he became a regular with the national team. Borges has already earned a total of 85 caps for Costa Rica and found the back of the net 19 times. He had a successful run with the national team in 2014 FIFA World Cup reaching the quarter-finals.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy. Los Rojblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.