Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Mirandes will look to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Las Palmas when they take on Deportivo Alaves in the La Liga 2 round 25. Los Rojillos continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, with the team eyeing their sixth consecutive win at Estadio Municipal de Anduva. Manu Garcia is back from suspension, but both Jose Salinas and Barbu are banned for the match.
Meanwhile, the Basques quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Real Oviedo, with the team rolling over Racing Santander 3-0 in front of home fans. Alaves want to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive, but given Mirandes’ excellent home record, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of picking up more than one match from Sunday’s clash. Forward Roberto Gonzalez misses out through suspension for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Manu Garcia):
Manu Garcia is a product of Real Sociedad youth academy. The Spanish midfielder, who was born on 26 April, 1986, started playing for Real Sociedad B at the age of 19, making 101 appearances for the Basque outfit between 2005 and 2008. He scored 18 goals for Real Sociedad B and, as a result, Eibar chiefs decided to sign him in July, 2008. Manu Garcia spent the 2008/2009 season on loan at Real Union, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances for the club and in 2010 he joined Logrones.
Finally, in June 2012 he made probably the best decision of his career as he signed a contract with Segunda Division side Deportivo Alaves. Manu Garcia made 37 appearances for El Glorioso on his debut season and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Garcia scored five goals for Alaves in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to Primera Division. He has a contract with Alaves which expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves is a Spanish football club located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava. The club were founded in 1921 and they play their home games at Estadio Mendizorrotza. The capacity of the stadium is 19,840 and it has to be noted that it is the third oldest stadium in Spanish football. After spending several years in the Spanish Segunda Division, los Babazorros returned to the top flight in 2016.
The color of Alaves’ home kit is blue and white and the club’s local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the club’s biggest success. Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy.