Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
All eyes will be on Estadio El Molinon when Sporting Gijon and Levante square off against each other in the La Liga 2 round 22. Sporting have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Lugo, sharing the spoils with Cartagena, while losing to Real Oviedo. Los Rojiblancos produce much better showings at home than on the travels, but Friday’s clash will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side.
All Gio Zarfino, Izquierdoz, and Rivera remain on the sidelines with injuries, while there are no suspended players in the home team. Los Levantinos, on the other hand, aim to climb to top two in the standings. Levante have suffered only one loss on the road this season, but seeing that Sporting Gijon are tough to beat at home, the share of spoils is on the horizon. As for the away team, Friday’s clash comes too early for Roger Brugue.
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 (Levante ):
Levante Union Deportiva is a Spanish football club from the city Valencia and is playing in the highest Spanish football division since 2010. The club is the second biggest of Valencia after the very known football club Valencia CF. The Valencia derby is one of the most hectic football games in the region. The nickname of Levante UD is Las Granotes which literally means the frogs. The club host it’s home games in the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium which holds a capacity of 26 000 seats. The club colors of Levante are blue and red.
The biggest success of Levante UD was in 1937 where the club won the Copa del Rey. Other prizes Levante won in lower divisions are the Segunda Division A in 2004 and the Seguda Division B in 1999. Famous players that played for Levante are Johan Cruyff, Sergio Garcia, Arveladze and Juanfran.