Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Las Palmas will be aiming to build on a 2-1 win over Fuenlabrada when they take on Girona in the opening match of day 30. Las Palmas are seven points behind the playoffs berth, meaning that Friday’s clash is of big importance for the home team. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Crespo Garcia, who scored a brace in the triumph over Fuenlabrada. La Union Deportiva are eyeing their ninth home win of the season.
The Catalans, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Lugo. Girona are eager to put an end to their three-game winless run, but beating Las Palmas on the road is easier said than done. Since La Union Deportiva are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Catalonia empty-handed. Monchu Ramon is banned for the visiting team.
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 (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286.
Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well.
The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.