Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football match at Estadio Municipal de Riazor pits together Deportivo La Coruna and Leganes. As expected, the Galician side suffered a 2-0 loss to Sevilla in their last league game, with the team extending their winless run in the Spanish elite division to four matches. Deportivo La Coruna are only two points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the visit of the capital club, thus the hosts are likely to leave their hearts on the field. Leganes have been playing above expectations in the first half of the season and they totally deserve to sit in the top half of the La Liga standings. Asier Garitano’s men did well to crush Villarreal (3-1) in front of home fans at the weekend and we predict they will go for a win in Saturday’s encounter with Deportivo La Coruna. However, given the importance of the match for the Galicians, we are tempted to put our money on Cristobal’s men this time out.
Highlighted Player (Costel Pantilimon):
Born in Bacau on 1st February 1987, Costel Fane Pantilimon became famous as the tallest Premier League footballer at six foot, eight inches. The towering shot-stopper made a name for himself at Politehnica Timisoara, where he spent ten years, albeit only making 93 league outings. In 2011, he signed for Manchester City to act as an understudy to England number one Joe Hart, but eventually grew frustrated by the lack of first team football after featuring in just seven Premier League fixtures during the four years at Etihad Stadium. Pantilimon was able to kick-start his career at Sunderland, becoming their first choice goalkeeper, but he ultimately lost his place in the side and decided to join Watford in the summer of 2015. The Hornets keeper has been a member of the Romania national team since 2008 and he amassed over 20 appearances for Tricolorii despite never quite being able to establish himself as an undisputed starter.
Highlighted Team (Leganes):
Leganes are a Spanish football club that have mostly been playing in lower leagues. Los Pepineros play their home games at Batarque (Madrid) and the capacity of the stadium is just 8,138. Leganes secured their promotion to the Spanish La Liga for the first time ever in 2016 and, no doubt, that is considered the club’s biggest success. Leganes’ bitterest rivals are fellow capital club Getafe and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the South Madrid derby. The colour of the team’s home kit is white and blue, whilst their away kits are green. The likes of Pierre Webo, Samuel Eto’o, Ivan Zarandona, Jose Chamot, Catanha, Ruben Falcon, Jordi Lardin and Pedro Lago are famous players who were part of the Batarque outfit in the past. Lady Maria Victoria Pavon is the first female president in the history of the club and she has been in charge of the club since 2009.