Our football match prediction:
Despite taking the lead in Sunday’s football match against Athletic Bilbao, Sporting Gijon eventually suffered a 2-1 loss to Ernesto Valverde’s troops at San Mames. Los are eager to escape the relegation zone, but the lack of confidence seems to be the team’s biggest problem at the moment. Sporting Gijon recorded only one win in previous sixteen games in all competitions, but Sunday’s clash against Deportivo Alaves could be the turning point for the relegation-threatened team. This has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts and we predict that Rubi’s men will leave their hearts on the field this time out. Alaves played out a goalless draw with Atletico Madrid at the weekend, but seeing that their La Liga status is not in danger, we are tempted to put our money on the relegation strugglers. The two teams played out a goalless draw in the reverse fixture in Vitoria.
Highlighted Player (Nacho Cases):
After making 71 appearances for Sporting B between 2005 and 2011, Nacho Cases started playing for the first team on 9 January 2011, making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Racing Santander. The Spanish footballer plays as a midfielder and he was born on 22 December, 1987 in Gijon. He played probably the best match of his career against Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on 2 April, 2011 as he provided an assist for Miguel de las Cuevas, who scored the winner ten minutes before the end (1-0). Nacho Cases used to play for the like of Codema and Revillagigedo during his youth career, but he played for his current club as a boy as well. Cases was with his family in Paris during terror attacks in November 2011 and the Spanish embassy helped him return to his homeland. The midfielder scored one goal in 24 league appearances for Sporting Gijon in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
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.