Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Rayo Vallecano and Atletico Madrid take on each other at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas in a small Madrid derby. Los Vallecanos were performing above expectations in the first half of the season, but they do not seem to be at their sharpest at the moment. Rayo are only eight points clear of the relegation zone, but keep in mind that they have on game in hand. Both Garcia and Palazon are back from suspension, while defender Saveljich continues to miss out with injury.
Radamel Falcao should recover in time to face his former club. Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Cadiz on day 28 to extend their winning run to four games. Atletico Madrid have been in a much better form of late than Rayo Vallecano, and we predict that Diego Simeone’s men will prove their worth on the field. Joao Felix has kicked Luis Suarez out of the starting XI, while teenage midfielder Javier Serrano is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Radamel Falcao):
Radamel Falcao, nicknamed the “Colombian Tiger”, is considered one of the best players in the history of Colombian football. The 177-cm-tall attacker is well known for his brilliant finishing and his header technique gives him an advantage in aerial battles with opposition defenders.
Falcao was born in Santa Marta, Colombia on 10 February, 1986 and he started his senior career at Lanceros Boyaca. He played for Argentine giants River Plate between 2005 and 2009 and in 2009 he joined Porto. After scoring 41 goals in 51 league appearances for the Dragons, Falcao signed for Atletico Madrid on 18 August 2011 for a fee of €40 million.
The Colombian attacker helped los Rojiblancos win Europa League trophy in 2012, scoring 12 goals in the process. He played for Monaco in the 2013/2014 Ligue 1 campaign and in 2014 he signed a loan deal with Manchester United. He scored just 4 goals in 26 league appearances for the Red Devils and was later loaned to Chelsea before returning to Stade Louis II.
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 Rojiblancos 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.