Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
All eyes will be on Estadio El Molinon when Sporting Gijon and Alcorcon face each other in the Segunda Division round 31. Los Rojiblancos are on the right track to book their place in the playoffs, but keep in mind that they head into Friday’s game without top scorer and key attacker Uros Djurdjevic. The Serbia-born player is on international duty with Montenegro, and we predict that he will be sorely missed in the clash against Alcorcon.
Defender Saul Garcia is likely to miss the match with injury. Los Alfareros, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano. Alcorcon are eager to escape the relegation zone, and we predict that they are capable of grabbing something from the match against Djurdjevic-less Gijon. In the first half of the season Sporting Gijon defeated Alcorcon 2-1 at Estadio Municipal de Santo Domingo.
Highlighted Player (Diego Marino):
Diego Marino is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Sporting Gijon. The 185-cm-tall shoot-stopper was born on 9 May, 1990 in Vigo and he played for the likes of Santa Marina, Rapido Bouzas, Sardoma, Areosa and Villarreal during his youth career. Between 2008 and 2010 he played for Villarreal C and in 2010 he started playing for Villarreal B.
Marino made 72 appearances for Villarreal B and in 2012 he joined the first team. He was not Villarreal’s first-choice goalkeeper in the 2012/2013 campaign and he made no more than nine appearances for the Yellow Submarine. In the 2015/2016 season he played for Levante, but following their relegation to Segunda Division, Diego Marino decided to sign a deal with Sporting Gijon on 1 July, 2016.
The goalkeeper has 6 caps for Spain U-21, while playing 3 games for Spain U23. It has to be noted that he won UEFA U-21 Championships in 2011 and 2013 with La Furia Roja. Back in 2007 he made it to the FIFA U-17 World Cup final with the Spanish national team.
Highlighted Team (Alcorcon):
Founded on July 20, 1971, Alcorcon have been competing in Segunda Division since the 2010/11 season. Los Alfareros welcome their rivals at Santo Domingo, the stadium opened in 1999. The venue has the capacity of 5,100 people. Alcorcon have made it to the Segunda Division playoffs on several occasions, but they have never participated in La Liga.
The club’s biggest success in Copa del rey came in the 2009/10 season when they made it to the last 16 of the prestigious competition. Alcorcon suffered a 3-2 (on agg.) loss to Racing Santander in the round of 16. The club’s home colour is yellow, while their away kit is mainly blue.
Los Alfareros played their first official game on September 8, 1971, with the team losing 2-0 to Atletico Madrid youth team. The likes of Cordoba and Leganes are regarded as the club’s main rivals, while David Rodriguez is the club’s all-time top goalscorer.