Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Real Valladolid will look to escape the danger zone when they take on Cartagena in the Segunda Division round 6. La Pucela are eager to put an end to their four-game winless run and it seems as if they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. Jonathan Montiel misses out through suspension, while defender Javi Sanchez has yet to overcome a muscle injury. Paulo Pezzolano is likely to stick to the 3-5-2 formation.
The Black and Whites, on the other hand, have already suffered four defeats in the new La Liga 2 campaign and given their shaky defence, we predict that the promotion-chasing hosts are going to pick up vital three points from Saturday’s contest. Ivan Calero remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury, while Jose Luis Munoz is widely expected to return to the starting line-up.
Highlighted Player (Kiko Olivas):
Kiko Olivas is an experienced Spanish defender, who was born in Antequera on August 21, 1988. Olivas started his youth career at Malaga and he continued playing for los Boquerones at senior level. The 189-cm tall centre-back made 5 appearances for Malaga in La Liga before joining fellow Spanish side Villarreal. Kiko Olivas made only 6 appearances for the Yellow Submarine in the Spanish elite division, but he played over 140 games for Villarreal B in Segunda Division.
Olivas played for the likes of Cordoba, Sabadell and Girona as well before joining Real Valladolid. La Pucela impressed in the 2017/2018 Segunda Division campaign and, as a result, they secure promotion to the Spanish top flight.
Kiko Olivas has 4 caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. His preferred foot is right and it has to be noted that his contract with Real Valladolid should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Valladolid):
Real Valladolid is a Spanish club based in Valladolid, the part of the autonomous community of Castille and Leon. Founded in 1928, Real Valladolid play their home matches at Jose Zorilla, the venue that has the capacity 26,512. La Pucela have yet to win the La Liga title, but it is important to note that they finished fourth at the end of the 1962/1963 season.
Real Valladolid made it to the Spanish Cup final on two occasions (1949/1950, 1988/1989). In 1984 they won Copa de la Liga (League Cup), which is considered the team’s biggest success. Speaking of their European records, Real Valladolid participated in the 1989/1990 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.
La Pucela are well known for their purple and white shirts, but they are known for some top-class footballers as well. The likes of Diego Costa, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Borja Fernandez, Rene Higuita, Luis Garcia and Aritz Aduriz played for Real Valladolid in the past.