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The La Liga 2 clash at The Estadio Cartagonova on Sunday will see hosts FC Cartagena taking on opponents Albacete.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for FC Cartagena v Albacete are shown below including the latest game odds.
FC Cartagena head into this match after a 1-1 La Liga 2 stalemate versus Real Oviedo.
In that match, FC Cartagena managed 28% possession and 2 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. The scorer for FC Cartagena was Iván Calero (2'). On the other side, Real Oviedo had 18 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Paulino (97') scored for Real Oviedo.
It’s been all too rare in recent times that FC Cartagena have shown defensive steel. The reality is that FC Cartagena have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 10 goals during that time.
Their past results show that FC Cartagena:
- haven't lost in the league to Albacete in their last 2 games.
- are without a win at home for the past 9 league matches. No joy for the home fans.
In their last game, Albacete drew 1-1 in the La Liga 2 tie with Eibar.
In that game, Albacete had 42% possession and 16 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Albacete was Agustín Medina (67'). For their opponents, Eibar had 12 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Mario Soriano (11') scored for Eibar.
The stats tell the story, and Albacete have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 9 goals in total. At the back, Albacete seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. That being said, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend will continue on here in this match or not.
Pre-game facts show that Albacete:
- have not registered a win against FC Cartagena in games played away from home for the previous 3 league games.
- are undefeated in their last 2 away league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 04/12/2010 shows that FC Cartagena have won 3 of these games and Albacete 1, with the number of draws being 2.
In all, 16 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 9 of them from Efesé and 7 created by Queso Mecánico. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The last league game featuring the two was La Liga 2 match day 38 on 29/04/2023 when the final score was Albacete 1-1 FC Cartagena.
On that occasion, Albacete managed 36% possession and 10 shots at goal with 4 on target. The scorer was Flavien Boyomo (25').
FC Cartagena got 9 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Darío Poveda (55') was the scorer.
The referee was Francisco José Hernández Maeso.
Team News: FC Cartagena
The FC Cartagena manager Julián Calero will be grateful to have no fitness concerns whatsoever before this match with a completely injury-free group ready to go.
We are thinking that Efesé may well make use of the 5-4-1 formation in the match, beginning the first half with Raúl Lizoain, Iván Calero, Pedro Alcala, Gonzalo Verdú, Jose Fontán, Jairo Izquierdo, Isak Jansson, Tomás Alarcón, Luis Muñoz, David Ferreiro and Alfredo Ortuño.
Team News: Albacete
Thanks to a largely healthy squad, there is only the one fitness issue for the Albacete manager Rubén Albés to contend with. Pedro Benito (Tendon irritation) won’t be playing here.
We believe Queso Mecánico seem likely to make use of a 4-4-2 lineup, going with Bernabé Barragán, Carlos Isaac, Mohamed Djetei, A. Cristian Glauder, Jonathan Silva, Agus Medina, Lander Olaetxea, Riki Rodríguez, Manuel Fuster, Higinio Marín and Daniel Escriche.
In our opinion, Albacete and FC Cartagena should both be able to score here although it’s hard to pick a clear winner.
We’ll see, but this looks like it could end up all-square. Therefore, we predict a very close game with a 1-1 scoreline when the referee blows the full-time whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Estadio Cartagonova (15,105)
Captain: Marc Martínez
Chairman: Paco Belmonte
Manager: Julián Calero
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 22, Copa del Rey (First Round)
🔑 Star Player: Juan Carlos Real
Customarily deployed in the Centre Midfield position, Juan Carlos Real was born in A Coruña, Spain. After having made a senior debut playing for Deportivo de La Coruña in the 2011 - 2012 season, the gifted Midfielder has got 2 league goals in this Segunda División 2023 - 2024 season to date coming from a total of 12 appearances.