Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
All eyes will be on Estadio La Rosaleda when Malaga and Almeria face each other in the Andalusian derby. Los Boquerones are seven points behind the playoffs berth, meaning that Tuesday’s football is of big importance for them. Malaga are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, and they are surely capable of matching Almeria in the local derby. Anyhow, we are positive that the hosts will go for a win in the midweek clash.
Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their three-game winless run. Talented midfielder Samuel Costa, who suffered an injury in the 1-1 draw with Leganes, is unlikely to feature against Malaga, and seeing that los Boquerones are desperate to keep their promotion hopes alive, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Nigeria rising star Umar Sadiq.
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 (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.