Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Levante will be aiming to build on a 4-1 win over Villarreal B when they face Cartagena on Friday evening. Los Levantinos are still seen as one of the main candidates for promotion, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Enis Bardhi is no longer part of the team, and, in his absence, a man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Wesley, who is eager to open his goal-scoring account.
Veteran striker Roberto Soldado should partner him up front after finding the net in a 4-1 crushing of Villarreal B, while both Mustafi and Campana are sidelined with injuries. Pepelu is back from suspension. The Black and Whites, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Burgos, with the team beating Albacete 2-1 at the weekend. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Cartagena often struggle on the travels. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Soldado):
Roberto Soldado is regarded as one of the most famous footballers in the history of Villarreal. The meaning of his surname in Spanish is “the warrior” and it has to be noted that he began his football career at Real Madrid, playing from the B team between 2002 and 2006. The pacey attacker made 16 appearances and scored two goals for the first team, but he was producing the best performances of his career during his three-year spell at Valencia.
Soldado scored 59 goals in 101 appearances for los Che, but in 2013 he signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £26 million. The Spanish attacker, who was born on 27 May, 1985 in Valencia, scored for the Spurs on his debut in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, but he netted the goal from the penalty spot.
Soldado failed to impress in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign with Tottenham and, as a result, he was sold to Villarreal on 14 August, 2015. Speaking of his international career, the Villarreal attacker made his Spain debut in June, 2007 against Latvia.
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.