Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Municipal de Ipurua when Eibar and Leganes go head to head in the La Liga 2 round 4. Los Armeros quickly bounced back from back-to-back defeats to Huesca and Ponferradina, with the team beating Burgos thanks to Jose Corpas’ goal. The Basques have regained a much-needed confidence, and they are surely capable of matching Leganes at home ground.
Head coach Gaizka Garitano is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Burgos at the weekend. The capital club, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their three-game winless run. Leganes made a slow start to the season, and given Eibar’s display in the triumph over Burgos, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Madrid empty-handed. Midfielder Jose Manuel should keep his place in the starting XI after finding the net in the shocking loss to Ibiza.
Highlighted Player (Rafa Soares):
Born in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal, Rafa Soares is a professional footballer who plays for Vitoria Guimaraes as a left-back. Rafa is a product of the Porto football academy, but he did not see any game action in Primeira Liga with the Dragons.
After scoring eight goals in 61 appearances with Porto B, the Portuguese defender spent a couple of seasons on loan at Academica, Rio Ave, and Fulham. In 2018 he played for Portimonense, but nowadays, he wears the number 5 shirt at Vitoria Guimaraes. Rafa Soares has nine caps with the Portugal U21 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the Portugal senior team.
His primary position is left-back, but he is used as both left midfielder and left winger as well. Rafa’s preferred foot is left, and he has a contract with Vitoria Guimaraes until June 2021. Rafa Soares made his Primeira Liga debut against Academica back in January 2016, during his spell with Vitoria Setubal.
Highlighted Team (Leganes):
Leganes are a Spanish football club that have mostly been playing in lower leagues. Los Pepineros play their home games at Batarque (Madrid) and the capacity of the stadium is just 8,138. Leganes secured their promotion to the Spanish La Liga for the first time ever in 2016 and, no doubt, that is considered the club’s biggest success.
Leganes’ bitterest rivals are fellow capital club Getafe and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the South Madrid derby.
The colour of the team’s home kit is white and blue, whilst their away kits are green. The likes of Pierre Webo, Samuel Eto’o, Ivan Zarandona, Jose Chamot, Catanha, Ruben Falcon, Jordi Lardin and Pedro Lago are famous players who were part of the Batarque outfit in the past. Lady Maria Victoria Pavon is the first female president in the history of the club and she has been in charge of the club since 2009.