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The La Liga 2 fixture at Estadio Carlos Belmonte on Sunday sees home side Albacete prepare for the visit of Ponferradina.
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Albacete will be hoping for a better result following the 2-1 La Liga 2 loss in their previous game against FC Cartagena.
In that match, Albacete managed 51% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Albacete was Jonathan Dubasin (70'). At the other end, FC Cartagena had 13 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. Mikel Rico (48') and Óscar Arribas (68') scored for FC Cartagena.
It’s not been often in recent times where Albacete have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Albacete have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 6 goals along the way. In any event, we must now wait to see if that trend might be sustained in this next match or not.
Heading into this contest, Albacete have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
After a loss in their previous game against Real Zaragoza in La Liga 2 action, Ponferradina will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Ponferradina managed 65% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Ponferradina was Kelechi Nwakali (44'). For their opponents, Real Zaragoza had 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Giuliano Simeone (12', 51') scored for Real Zaragoza.
Looking at their form, and Ponferradina have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, conceding 10 goals in total. Defensively, Ponferradina have some weaknesses to address.
Going into this contest, Ponferradina haven't been defeated by Albacete when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head clashes going back to 03/01/2016 tells us that Albacete have won 1 of these games and Ponferradina 2, with the number of drawn results being 3.
A combined total of 14 goals were scored between them in these games, with 6 of them from Queso Mecánico and 8 netted by La Ponfe. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.33.
The previous league game featuring the two was La Liga 2 match day 38 on 08/05/2021 when it ended Ponferradina 0-1 Albacete.
That time, Ponferradina had 65% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target.
Albacete got 5 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Álvaro Jiménez (45') scored.
The match was refereed by Iosu Galech Apezteguía.
Team News: Albacete
The Albacete boss Rubén Albés will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns at all before this game with a fully healthy group available to select from.
Team News: Ponferradina
Due to a fully injury-free squad available for selection, the Ponferradina manager José Gomes does not have any fitness worries to report before this game.
Ponferradina will need to put in a solid display to break down this Albacete side who will likely end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
Therefore, we predict a hard-fought 1-0 victory for Albacete when all is said and done.
Should be interesting.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Carlos Belmonte (18,000)
Captain: Bernabé Barragán
Chairman: Georges Kabchi
Manager: Rubén Albés
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 4
⭐ Star Man: Higinio Marín
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Higinio Marín was born in Calasparra, Spain. After having made a senior debut playing for Real Murcia in the 2012 - 2013 season, the talented Forward has accumulated 2 league goals in the LaLiga2 2022 - 2023 season so far in a total of 5 appearances.