Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Girona will be aiming to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Tenerife when they host Cartagena to their Estadio Municipal de Montilivi on Matchday 16. The Catalan outfit have been having their ups and downs in the first half of the season, and, as a result, they sit in 13th place ahead of the visit of Cartagena. The good news for the hosts is that important attacker Cristian Stuani, who scored a hat-trick against Alcorcon, returns from suspension.
The Black and Whites, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Malaga, but given their anything but good away record in Segunda Division, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Catalans. Girona defenders should have Spanish veteran Ruben Castro at bay as the 40-year-old has already nine goals in the new La Liga2 campaign.
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 (Cartagena):
Founded on July 25, 1995, Cartagena is a Spanish football club that plays in La Liga 2. Los Boquerones dropped to Segunda B in the 2011/12 season, but following an eight-year absence, they returned to the Spanish second tier.
Cartagena play home matches at Cartagonova, the venue which can hold 15,105 spectators. The stadium was built by CMMP Arquitectos in 1987, and opened the following year. Real Murcia are regarded as the club’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the Derbi of the Region of Murcia. Toche is leading Cartagena’s all-time top goalscoring chart with 39 goals.
Los Boquerones are well known for their black shirts with white stripes. Red, on the other hand, is the dominant colour of the club’s away kit. It has to be noted that Cartagena have never competed in la liga. The club’s highest ranking in the Segunda Division came in the 2009/10 season when they finished the campaign in 5th position in the standings.