Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Municipal de Butarque when Leganes and Almeria face each other in the La Liga 2 derby. Leganes made a flying start to the season, but they do not seem to be at the top of their game ahead of Matchday 21. The capital club failed to win the previous four league fixtures, but the Copa del Rey win over Socuellamos gave them a confidence boost. Almeria, on the other hand, eliminated Numancia in the Spanish Cup last 64.
The Andalusians defeated Ponferradina at home in their last league match, but beating Leganes in the suburbs of Madrid is easier said than done. Summer signing Umar Sadiq, who scored a hat-trick against La Ponfe, will be the man to watch in the away team, while Almeria defenders should have duo Baston – Sabin at bay. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards as Leganes are tough to beat at home.
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 (Almeria):
UD Almeria is a Spanish club based in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Los Rojiblancos are one of the newer additions to the Spanish football system, with the club being founded on July 26, 1989.
Almeria suffered relegation to Segunda Division in the 2014/15 season, and they have been competing in the Spanish second tier ever since. Los Rojiblancos are well known for their white shirts with red stripes, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey. Sofiane Feghouli, Felipe Melo, Diego Alves, Veljko Paunovic, Aleix Vidal, Alvaro Negredo, Tomer Hemed, and Mate Bilic are some notable footballers who played for Almeria in the past. Fellow Andalusian clubs Sevilla, Malaga, and Granada are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.
The club’s biggest success in Copa del Rey came in the 2010/11 season when they made it to the semis of the prestigious competition. Nonetheless, Catalan giants Barcelona proved to be a big catch for Almeria in the Spanish Cup semi-finals.