Our football match prediction:
Leganes and Deportivo Alaves will raise curtain on the 2017/2018 La Liga season. The capital club somehow managed to secure the top flight survival in the last season finale and they are on the same quest this term. Leganes chiefs made a number of changes to the squad in the summer transfer window, but the likes of El Zhar and Szymanowski are still part of the club and all eyes will be on the duo when Asier Garitano’s troops welcome Alaves at their Estadio Municipal de Butarque. The Basque outfit were producing fine displays in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign and they aim to continue where they left last season. However, seeing that Deportivo Alaves are not considered good travelers, we predict that the two teams will share the spoils in the suburbs of Madrid. It has to be noted that they shared the spoils in their previous two meetings in the Spanish elite division.
Highligted Player (Nabil El Zhar):
Nabil el Zhar is a Moroccan footballer who plays for La Liga side Las Palmas. The 170-cm-tall winger started his senior career at Liverpool and it has to be noted that he made 21 league appearances for the Anfield oufti. He spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at PAOK and he made his debut for the Greek club on 16 September, 2010 against Club Brugge in the Europa League group stages. El Zhar played 24 games for PAOK in the 2010/2011 Greek Super League campaign, scoring two goals in the process. On 18 August, 2011 he joined Spanish side Levante and after spending four years at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, he signed a contract with fellow La Liga team Las Palmas in August, 2015. El Zhar was producing fine performances for los Amarillos n the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, making 30 appearances for the club in the Spanish top flight. Speaking of his international career, Nabil El Zhar played for France U21 in the past, but he decided to represent Morocco at the senior level. He made his full debut for Morocco on 26 March, 2008 against Belgium.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves are 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 colour 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.