Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
High-flying Alaves will look to extend their winning run to six games when they take on Cartagena in the La Liga 2 round 29. The Basques have been impressive in front of goal of late, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Cartagena. A man to watch in the home team will be La Rioja, who scored a hat-trick against Ibiza, while there are no fresh injury worries in the Basque outfit.
The Black and Whites, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating both Eibar and Oviedo in the last two league matches, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Alaves. As for the away team, Luis Carrion is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated los Azules at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Kiko Olivas):
Kiko Olivas is an experienced Spanish defender, who was born in Antequera on August 21, 1988. Olivas started his youth career at Malaga and he continued playing for los Boquerones at senior level. The 189-cm tall centre-back made 5 appearances for Malaga in La Liga before joining fellow Spanish side Villarreal. Kiko Olivas made only 6 appearances for the Yellow Submarine in the Spanish elite division, but he played over 140 games for Villarreal B in Segunda Division.
Olivas played for the likes of Cordoba, Sabadell and Girona as well before joining Real Valladolid. La Pucela impressed in the 2017/2018 Segunda Division campaign and, as a result, they secure promotion to the Spanish top flight.
Kiko Olivas has 4 caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. His preferred foot is right and it has to be noted that his contract with Real Valladolid should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves is a Spanish football club located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava. The club were founded in 1921 and they play their home games at Estadio Mendizorrotza. The capacity of the stadium is 19,840 and it has to be noted that it is the third oldest stadium in Spanish football. After spending several years in the Spanish Segunda Division, los Babazorros returned to the top flight in 2016.
The color of Alaves’ home kit is blue and white and the club’s local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the club’s biggest success. Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy.