Our football match prediction:
High-flying Atletico Madrid are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Andalusia. Los Rojiblancos are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in La Liga and a victory over Malaga at Estadio La Rosaleda would see them cement their spot in top four. The capital club recorded a routine win over third-placed Sevilla on Matchday 28 and they are definitely capable of beating the out-of-sorts los Boquerones. Malaga are on a five-match winless run in the league and they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s football game against Atletico Madrid. Antoine Griezmann has found his goal-scoring touch of late and the France international is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. When the two teams faced each other at Estadio Vicente Calderon earlier this season Atletico Madrid recorded a 4-2 win over Malaga and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Roque Santa Cruz):
Roque Santa Cruz is one of the tallest strikers for Paraguay over the years. The 34-year-old striker has last appeared for the Spanish club Malaga on loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul. The lanky striker started his career in the youth teams of Olimpia and made his first-team debut at the age of 15 in 1997. His prolific scoring record with Olimpia earned him a transfer to German giants Bayern Munich in 1999 for a fee of €5 million. The initial promise didn’t convert to reality because of a series of injuries and heavy competition from team mates. His limited impact and appearances restricted his prolific scoring although he won numerous Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern. Santa Cruz joined Manchester City in 2009 but injuries limited his performances. He is currently the all-time leading goal scorer for Paraguay with 32 goals and also the sixth ever player to reach 100 appearances.
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.