The La Liga 2 tie at Estadio Carlos Belmonte on Monday sees home side Albacete lock horns with UD Almería.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Albacete v UD Almería are shown on this page (inc. the best betting odds).
Albacete will be hoping to return to winning ways here following the 1-0 La Liga 2 defeat in their last game at the hands of CD Lugo.
In that match, Albacete had 63% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 3 on target. On the other side, CD Lugo had 7 shots at goal with 4 on target. Manu Barreiro (85') was the scorer for CD Lugo.
Albacete haven’t made the most of their chances of late. Their sum of goals equals just 4 vs opponents during their last six fixtures. In those games, Queso Mecánico have also seen the tally of goals against them come to 6.
Their prior results show that Albacete:
- haven't won against UD Almería in their last 5 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 5 league matches at home.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league games.
UD Almería will go into the game following a 2-1 La Liga 2 win to beat CD Mirandés in their last match.
In that game, UD Almería managed 46% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 6 on target. For UD Almería, goals were scored by Fran Villalba (17') and Umar Sadiq (45'). For their opponents, CD Mirandés had 20 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Pablo Martínez (42') was the scorer for CD Mirandés.
A succession of resolute performances by the UD Almería defensive players has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 3 from their previous 6 outings combined. During the same time, their forwards have scored 10. We will just have to see whether or not that trend will be continued on in this game.
Their previous form shows that UD Almería:
- haven't been beaten by Albacete in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A look at their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 11/11/2017 shows us that Albacete have won 1 of them and UD Almería 3, with the number of drawn games standing at 2.
A total of 13 goals were scored between them in this period, with 4 of them for Queso Mecánico and 9 belonging to Almería. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The previous league match between these sides was La Liga 2 match day 32 on 14/06/2020 when it finished Albacete 0-1 UD Almería.
In that game, Albacete managed 44% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target.
UD Almería got 10 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Darwin Núñez (45') scored.
The referee was Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias.
Team News: Albacete
There is just one fitness concern for the Albacete gaffer Aritz López Garai to be concerned about thanks to an almost full-strength set of players. Javi Jiménez (Knee Injury) misses out.
Team News: UD Almería
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad available for selection, UD Almería boss José Gomes does not have any fitness concerns at all coming into this game.
We are of the inclination to think that UD Almería and Albacete should play out a closely-fought contest here.
Shouldn’t be much in it, and a draw looks quite a realistic result. Our tip is therefore for a tight encounter, finishing with a 1-1 draw at the end of this one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Carlos Belmonte (18,000)
Captain: Tomeu Nadal
Chairman: Georges David Kabchi
Manager: Aritz López Garai
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 20