Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Estadio Municipal de Montilivi will host the La Liga 2 playoffs semifinal between Girona and Almeria. The Catalans impressed in the regular season finale, with the team recording seven consecutive wins, while sharing the spoils with Cartagena. Girona are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and you should bear in mind that they are on a six-game winning run at their Estadio Municipal de Montilivi.
Francisco Rodriguez rested several first-team regulars in the 1-1 draw with Cartagena, but he is going to field the best possible side in Wednesday’s clash. Uruguay veteran Christian Stuani is rated doubtful for the first leg. Almeria, on the other hand, finished the season in style, with the team beating both Logrones and Sporting Gijon. The Andalusians, though, will have a much bigger fish to fry against Girona, who have been impressive at the back of late. Since under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of Girona’s last four league fixtures, a low-scoring affair is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Antonio Luna):
Antonio Luna is a product of Sevilla football academy. The pacey left back was born in Son Servera, Spain on March 17, 1991 and he made his senior debut with Sevilla B. Antonio Luna made 32 appearances in the league for the reserve team, while playing 21 games for los Sevillanos in the Spanish top flight.
After ending his loan spell with Mallorca in 2013, Luna moved to England and signed a three-year deal with Aston Villa. It has to be noted that the Spanish footballer found the net for the Villans on his Premier League debut in a 3-1 win over Arsenal. After making 17 appearances in the English elite division for the Villa Park outfit, he returned to Spain in 2015, signing a deal with Eibar.
Antonio Luna scored one goal in 41 appearances for los Armeros before joining fellow La liga side Levante in 2017. You should know that Luna has five caps for Spain U20 team.
Highlighted Team (Almeria):
UD Almeria is a Spanish club based in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Los Rojiblancos are one of the newer additions to the Spanish football system, with the club being founded on July 26, 1989.
Almeria suffered relegation to Segunda Division in the 2014/15 season, and they have been competing in the Spanish second tier ever since. Los Rojiblancos are well known for their white shirts with red stripes, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey. Sofiane Feghouli, Felipe Melo, Diego Alves, Veljko Paunovic, Aleix Vidal, Alvaro Negredo, Tomer Hemed, and Mate Bilic are some notable footballers who played for Almeria in the past. Fellow Andalusian clubs Sevilla, Malaga, and Granada are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.
The club’s biggest success in Copa del Rey came in the 2010/11 season when they made it to the semis of the prestigious competition. Nonetheless, Catalan giants Barcelona proved to be a big catch for Almeria in the Spanish Cup semi-finals.