Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lugo, Malaga will be aiming to keep their playoffs hopes alive when they take on Albacete on Matchday 34. Los Boquerones are seven points behind top six, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at El Queso Mecanico. Serbia international Stefan Scepovic, who scored the winner at the weekend, is pushing for a start, while defender Luis Munoz is likely to miss the game through injury.
Albacete, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Espanyol, with the team extending their losing run to three games. El Queso Mecanico are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Andalusia, and given the importance of the match for Malaga, home win should be considered. It has to be noted that Albacete suffered three defeats in the previous four away games in Segunda Division.
Highlighted Player (David Lomban):
David Lomban was born in Aviles, Asturias on 5 June, 1987 and he began his senior career at Valencia. The 185-cm-tall defender played 37 matches for Valencia B and he made no more than three appearances for the first team. After spending the 2009/2010 season on loan at Salamanca, he joined Xerez in 2010 and two years later he signed for Barcelona B.
David Lomban played just one season for the Catalan outfit in Segunda Division and then he decided to take a bigger step towards a brighter future as he joined La Liga side Elche. After making 62 appearances for the club, he signed a three-year contract with Granada on 10 August, 2015. Lomban played 31 games for los Granadinos in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, but he failed to find the net for the Andalusian outfit in the top flight.
David Lomban’s contract with Granada expires on 30 June, 2018. Speaking of his international career, the Granada defender has 11 caps for Spain U17 and he played one match for Spain U20 team as well.
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.