Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Friday’s football game between Huesca and Real Valladolid will open round 17 of the new La Liga 2 campaign. Los Azulgranas aim to build on a 2-0 win over Zaragoza and a triumph over La Pucela could see them escape the relegation zone. Head coach Antonio Hidalgo has a full squad to choose from except for defender Ruben Pulido, who is out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
The visitors, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with league leaders Leganes at the weekend, with the team remaining in top three in the standings. Real Valladolid are more of a team than Huesca and seeing that Paulo Pezzolano can count on key players for the Estadio El Alcoraz showdown, away win should be considered. Both Ivan Munoz and Marcos Andre are major doubts, while Javi Sanchez remains in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Jordi Masip):
Jordi Masip is yet another La Masia product. Masip began his youth career at Mercantil, but in 2004 he joined the famous Barcelona football academy. The 180-cm-tall goalkeeper was struggling to establish himself as a first-team regular in Barcelona at senior level, but he played for Barca B in Segunda Division from 2008 to 2014.
After making 79 appearances for Barcelona B, Jordi Masip finally made his senior debut for the Catalan giants on December 16, 2014 in a 8-1 win over Huesca. The two teams faced in Copa del Rey and it has to be noted that Masip made his La liga debut for Barca in a 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna in May, 2014.
In 2017 the Spanish shot-stopper born in Sabadell signed a three-year deal with Real Valladolid. Masip quickly established himself as a first-team regular at La Pucela and you should know that he managed to keep 11 clean sheets in 42 appearances for the club in the 2017/2018 Segunda Division campaign.
Highlighted Team (Huesca):
Huesca are a Spanish club that compete in La Liga, the Spanish top flight. The club was originally founded in 1910, but in 1940 it was renamed Union Deportiva. In 1956 the club disappeared due to financial problems, but four years later Sociedad Deportiva Huesca was born. Huesca are well known for their blaugrana colors as their founding members were Barcelona fans.
The club welcome their rivals at El Alcoraz and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 5,500. Despite the fact that El Alcoraz can hold up to 5,500 people in December 2014 7,600 spectators watched the game between Huesca and Barcelona. Huesca will make their first ever appearance in Primera Division in the 2018/2019 season.
The likes of Leo Franco, Luis Sastre and Ruben Castro are some of the most notable footballers that played for Huesca. Real Zaragoza are considered Huesca’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in Derbi Aragones.