Our football match prediction:
Villarreal will be looking to build on a fantastic 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid when they welcome relegation strugglers Sporting Gijon at their Estadio de la Ceramica. The Yellow Submarine proved their worth in the triumph over los Rojiblancos at Estadio Vicente Calderon and thanks to the win they moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League. However, seeing that Villarreal could grab a place in the Champions League as well, we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Sporting Gijon in Friday’s football match. Rubi’s men played out a 1-1 draw with Espanyol in midweek and, as a result, they remained in the relegation zone in the La Liga standings. Friday’s clash is of big importance for the visitors, but seeing that the Yellows are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Fran Escriba’s team.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Soldado):
Roberto Soldado is regarded as one of the most famous footballers in the history of Villarreal. The meaning of his surname in Spanish is “the warrior” and it has to be noted that he began his football career at Real Madrid, playing from the B team between 2002 and 2006. The pacey attacker made 16 appearances and scored two goals for the first team, but he was producing the best performances of his career during his three-year spell at Valencia. Soldado scored 59 goals in 101 appearances for los Che, but in 2013 he signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £26 million. The Spanish attacker, who was born on 27 May, 1985 in Valencia, scored for the Spurs on his debut in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, but he netted the goal from the penalty spot. Soldado failed to impress in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign with Tottenham and, as a result, he was sold to Villarreal on 14 August, 2015. Speaking of his international career, the Villarreal attacker made his Spain debut in June, 2007 against Latvia.
Highlighted Team (Sporting Gijon):
Sporting Gijon are a Spanish football club that competes in La Liga. Sporting Gijon’s home ground is El Molinon, the stadium that was built in 1908. El Molinon is the oldest football field in Spain and the capacity of the stadium is 30,000. Sporting Gijon’s home kit is red and white and the club’s main rivals are Real Oviedo. The two teams take on each other in the Asturian derby. Sporting Gijon did remarkably well to finish the 1978/1979 La Liga campaign in second position in the standings and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Los Rojiblancos were runners-up in Spanish Copa del Rey in 1981 and 1982, but they have yet to win the Spanish Cup. The club was founded in 1905 and the club’s original name was Sporting Gijones. Sporting Gijon participated in the UEFA Cup on six occasions, but they did not record a good result in the European competition.