Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
Monday’s clash between Zaragoza and Cartagena will bring down the curtain on day 3 of the new La Liga 2 campaign. Los Blanquillos have been struggling in front of goal at the start of the season, and they have yet to find the net in the process. It has to be noted, though, that their display in a 2-0 loss at Valladolid at the weekend was anything but poor. Summer signing Alvaro Gimenez is widely expected to make his full debut against Cartagena.
The Black and Whites, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to Almeria (1-3) and Huesca (0-2). Since Cartagena are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that the time has come for Zaragoza to record their first win of the season. Attacker Ignacio Gil is likely to miss the game through injury, while midfielder Andy Kawaya is pushing for his first start in the black and white shirt.
Highlighted Player (James Igbekeme):
James Igbekeme is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Zaragoza in La Liga 2 as a winger. Igbekeme’s primary position is central midfield, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a left midfielder as well.
The Nigeria international started his senior career at Portuguese club Ribeirao, and after scoring two goals in 43 appearances for Os Ribeirenses, he moved to fellow Portuguese outfit Gil Vicente. In 2018 he decided to move to Spain, signing a four-year deal with Zaragoza. The 170-cm tall footballer made his Zaragoza debut on August 19, 2018 in a 2-1 win over Rayo Majadahonda.
He scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win at Real Oviedo on September 8, 2018. Igbekeme’s preferred foot is left, and his contract with los Blanquillos should expire on June 30, 2023. The Zaragoza midfielder born in Lagos on July 4, 1995 has yet to receive a call-up for the Nigeria national football team.
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.