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The La Liga 2 meeting at The Estadio Carlos Belmonte on Saturday will see home side Albacete locking horns with Real Zaragoza.
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Albacete will play in this game following a 1-1 La Liga 2 stalemate versus FC Cartagena.
In that match, Albacete managed 60% possession and 18 shots on goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Albacete was Higinio Marín (60'). Cartagena had 9 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Alfredo Ortuño (45') scored for FC Cartagena.
Under three goals per match were seen in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Albacete have taken part. Breaking down the goal distribution from that period, opposition teams scored an aggregate of 7 while Albacete totted up 4.
Leading up to this clash, Albacete:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Real Zaragoza in their last 3 games.
- have not won against Real Zaragoza in their last 2 league matches.
- are without a home win in the past 3 league matches.
Since tasting defeat last time out to SD Huesca in La Liga 2 competition, Real Zaragoza will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Real Zaragoza had 63% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Huesca got 7 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Samuel Obeng (15') and Juanjo Nieto (71') scored for SD Huesca.
The stats don’t lie, and Real Zaragoza have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 10 goals overall. At the back, Real Zaragoza have some weaknesses to address. That sort of trend isn’t assured to be carried forward into this match, of course.
Their previous form shows that Real Zaragoza:
- have not won against Albacete when having played them away from home in the previous 5 matches in the league. Not the best of away records.
- are without a win away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head-to-head clashes dating back to 16/11/2019 shows us that Albacete have won 3 of these games and Real Zaragoza 1, with the number of draws being 2.
A total of 10 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 7 of them for Queso Mecánico and 3 for Blanquillos. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.67.
The previous league game featuring these clubs was La Liga 2 match day 33 on 26/03/2023 when it ended Real Zaragoza 1-1 Albacete.
In that match, Real Zaragoza had 54% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Lluis López (54').
Albacete got 12 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Carlos Isaac (66') was the scorer.
The referee was David Gálvez Rascón.
Team News: Albacete
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the lone fitness concern for the Albacete boss Rubén Albés to be concerned with thanks to an almost full-strength group of players. Pedro Benito (Tendon irritation) is sidelined.
It’s our opinion that Queso Mecánico may well opt for a 4-4-2 formation in the match, handing starts to Bernabé Barragán, Carlos Isaac, Juan Antonio Ros, A. Cristian Glauder, Jonathan Silva, Agus Medina, Riki Rodríguez, Lander Olaetxea, Manuel Fuster, Alberto Quiles and Daniel Escriche.
Team News: Real Zaragoza
Owing to a fully injury-free squad to choose from, the Real Zaragoza manager Fran Escribá has no fitness worries to report coming into this game.
It’s our belief that Blanquillos appear most likely to make use of a 4-4-2 system, settling for Daniel Rebollo, Andres Borge, Santiago Mouriño, Jair Amador, Quentin Lecoeuche, Germán Valera, Francho Serrano, Jaume Grau, Sergio Bermejo, Víctor Mollejo and Sergi Enrich.
We feel that Real Zaragoza will likely create enough chances to put one past this Albacete lineup, but that might not be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We’re going for both teams to score in a 2-1 win for Albacete after the 90. Let’s wait and see how it plays out.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Estadio Carlos Belmonte (18,000)
Captain: Bernabé Barragán
Chairman: Georges Kabchi
Manager: Rubén Albés
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 16
⭐ Star Man: Manu Fuster
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Manu Fuster was born in Valencia, Spain. After making a first senior appearance for Albacete in the 2019 - 2020 season, the dangerous Forward has scored 3 league goals in the Segunda División 2023 - 2024 campaign to date from a total of 16 appearances.