Our football match prediction:
Despite being regarded as underdogs in Sunday’s relegation six-pointer against Leganes, Sporting Gijon did remarkably well to beat the newcomers at Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Los Rojiblancos, though, have yet to escape the relegation zone and they are unlikely to do so after Matchday 23 as they welcome star-studded Atletico Madrid at their Estadio Municipal El Molinon. Sporting Gijon face an uphill task against Diego Simeone’s team and the hosts are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Saturday’s clash. Atletico Madrid scored two late goals in a come-from-behind win over Celta Vigo at the weekend and thanks to the triumph the capital club retained their spot in top four. Antoine Griezmann and Co. aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and seeing that Sporting Gijon are on a three-game losing run at home, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football game.
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 (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.