Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Las Palmas and Cartagena face each other in a highly-anticipated La Liga 2 game at Estadio de Gran Canaria. La Union Deportiva did well to put an end to their three-game winless run at the weekend, with the team beating Ponferradina 2-1 in front of home fans. Las Palmas aim to keep on climbing the standings, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Cartagena. Keep in mind, though, that midfielder Francisco Crespo is likely to miss the game through injury.
The Black and Whites, on the other hand, continue with their old habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels. Cartagena were beaten by both Real Oviedo and Fuenlabrada in the previous two away games, and they are unlikely to spoil Las Palmas’ party at Estadio de Gran Canaria. Experienced attacker Alfredo Ortuno is likely to return to Cartagena’s starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Sergio Araujo):
Sergio Araujo was born in Buenos Aires on 28 January, 1992 and, as expected, he started playing for his home-town club Boca Juniors. He made just 19 appearances for Boca in the league and he played for the likes of Barcelona B, Tigre and Las Palmas on loan in the past as well.
The Argentine attacker scored 25 goals in 43 appearances for los Amarillos in the 2014/2015 Segunda Division campaign and despite the fact that he was linked with a move to Celtic and Real Sociedad, the club owners managed to sign a permanent deal with the former Boca Juniors footballer.
Araujo has three caps for Argentina U23 team and he represented la Albiceleste at the 2009 FIFA U17 World Cup. It has to be noted that he scored the winner for Argentina in the opening match of the tournament against Honduras. Araujo scored six goals in eight appearances for the Argentina U17 team. The pacey attacker has a contract with Las Palmas which expires on 30 June, 2020.
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.