Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Estadio El Toralin will host Saturday’s football game between Ponferradina and Albacete, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the season finale. Ponferradina aim to keep their playoffs hopes alive, while Albacete aim to revive their survival hopes. La Ponfe are eyeing their tenth home win of the season, but the rock-bottom side should not be underestimated. Defender Adot Paris, who suffered an injury in the 2-0 loss to Las Palmas, is likely to miss the Albacete game with injury.
El Queso Mecanico, on the other hand, suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Alcorcon at the weekend, with the team moving one step closer towards relegation. Considering that the rock-bottom side need to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash, we predict that the playoffs-chasing hosts are going to seal the victory on the break. Both Isaac and Fuster are banned for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Curro Sanchez):
Curro Sanchez is a Spanish footballer who plays for Ponferradina in Segunda Division. Born in La Palma del Condado on January 3, 1996, Sanchez began his youth career at Siempre Alegres, but in 2007 he was spotted by Sevilla scouts.
Curro Sanchez did not hesitate at all, signing a contract with the famous La Liga side. To make things even better for the Andalusian, he made his senior debut with Sevilla in La liga on May 4, 2016 in a 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna. Curro Sanchez then joined Numancia, where he scored 13 goals in 34 appearances in Segunda Division for los Numantinos.
In 2020 he signed a deal with La Liga 2 side Ponferradina. Sanchez made his la Ponfe debut in a 2-0 win over Albacete on September 20, 2020. Even though right winger is his primary position, Curro Sanchez is capable of producing fine performances as an attacking midfielder 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.