Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Sporting de Gijon and Girona go head to head at Estadio El Molinon in what is expected to be an entertaining encounter. Los Rojiblancos made a promising star to the season, with the team recording back-to-back wins over Cartagena and Logrones, and a victory over Girona could see them overtake Rayo Vallecano in the top position in the standings. Sporting de Gijon are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the Segunda Division, and they are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Saturday’s football game.
The Catalans, on the other hand, are eager to kick off the new La Liga 2 campaign in style. Girona missed out on a place in Primera Division following a shocking 1-0 loss to Elche in the playoffs, but key attacker Cristian Stuani has decided to stay at the club. Anyhow, we are tempted to put our money on the high-flying hosts as the lack of match sharpness could prove to be a big problem for the visitors.
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 (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286.
Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well.
The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.