Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Real Valladolid and Cartagena square off against each other at Estadio Jose Zorrilla in the La Liga2 round 18. La Pucela continue with their old habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive triumph at “Jose Zorilla”. Jawad El Yamiq, who limped off with injury in a 3-1 loss to Almeria, is unlikely to feature against Cartagena, while Oscar Plano misses out through suspension.
The Black and Whites, on the other hand, failed to win the previous three away games, and given Valladolid’s brilliant home record, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the promotion-chasing hosts. Fit-again attacker Shinji Okazaki is pushing for a start, speaking of the visiting team. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since April 2012 when Real Valladolid defeated Cartagena 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Óscar Plano):
A Madrid-born attacking midfielder, Oscar Plano was given a unique opportunity not many footballers get at the beginning of their fledgling careers. As a talented youngster making his first football steps with a local side of Mostoles, Oscar Plano was soon grabbed by mighty Real Madrid.
Having spent eight years going through youth setups of the La Liga heavyweights, Plano was given his competitive debut at Real Madrid C in 2010. A season later earned him a promotion to Real Madrid’s B setup where in three seasons in total he made 63 league appearances and scored 7 goals. Having become fully aware that a chance to represent one of the biggest clubs in the world might be unachievable, Oscar Plano moved to Alcoron in 2014.
More than a 100 matches in three years at Santo Domingo made him one of the key players for Los Alfareros. The Spanish midfielder made a great contribution with helping Valladolid secure promotion to Spanish top flight in 2017/18 with 44 La Liga 2 appearances and 6 goals.
Highlighted Team (Cartagena):
Founded on July 25, 1995, Cartagena is a Spanish football club that plays in La Liga 2. Los Boquerones dropped to Segunda B in the 2011/12 season, but following an eight-year absence, they returned to the Spanish second tier.
Cartagena play home matches at Cartagonova, the venue which can hold 15,105 spectators. The stadium was built by CMMP Arquitectos in 1987, and opened the following year. Real Murcia are regarded as the club’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the Derbi of the Region of Murcia. Toche is leading Cartagena’s all-time top goalscoring chart with 39 goals.
Los Boquerones are well known for their black shirts with white stripes. Red, on the other hand, is the dominant colour of the club’s away kit. It has to be noted that Cartagena have never competed in la liga. The club’s highest ranking in the Segunda Division came in the 2009/10 season when they finished the campaign in 5th position in the standings.