Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Lugo and Girona, Leganes will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Albacete on Matchday 25. The capital club regained their spot in top six, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to book their place in the playoffs. Kevin Bua, who scored a brace as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Girona, is widely expected to return to the starting XI.
Albacete, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Mallorca at the weekend, with the team remaining in the relegation zone. Alejandro Menendez’s troops are on a three-game winning run on the road, but Leganes are likely to pose a much big threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. Important defender Nicolas Gorosito is banned for the match, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing hosts.
Highlighted Player (Rubén Pérez):
Rubén Pérez is a Spanish footballer who was born in Ecija on April 26, 1989. The 178-cm tall midfielder is a product of Atletico Madrid youth academy, but he made no more than one appearance in La Liga for los Rojiblancos. Ruben Perez, though, played 53 games for Atletico Madrid B before joining Deportivo La Coruna on loan.
The Spanish footballer spent some time on loan at Getafe, Real Betis, Elche and Torino as well before joining Granada in 2015. After making 31 appearances for the Andalusian side from 2015 to 2018, Ruben Perez joined Leganes on loan in 2016.
In 2018 he signed a permanent deal with Leganes and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. Ruben Perez has 5 caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to receive a call-up for the senior squad.
Highlighted Team (Albacete):
Established during the World War II (August, 1940), Albacete are a Spanish club that welcome their rivals at Carlos Belmonte, the stadium with the capacity of 17,524 people. Albacete compete in Segunda Division nowadays, but during the 1990s they established themselves as the La Liga regular.
Their best ranking in the Spanish top flight came in the 1991/92 season when they finished the campaign in 7th position in the standings. El Queso Mecanico (Clockwork Cheese) have never represented Spain in European competitions. Legendary Spain international Andres Iniesta is the symbol of the club. Born in Albacete, Iniesta helped his hometown club avoid the bankruptcy in December 2011 as he became the club’s major shareholder.
As a result, Iniesta was honoured with a statue in his home province of Albacete. El Queso Mecanico wear white shirts and white shorts when playing at home, while black and purple are the dominant colours of their away kit.