Numancia vs Sporting Gijon / Copa del Rey – Another duel of two former member of La Liga in the second round of Copa del Rey, even though both Numancia and Sporting have much greater ambitions in the championship where they want to fight for the placement in La Liga. They were in the fight last season, however, they did not have the strength to the end, so they remained in Segunda. Sporting has opened the new championship slightly better with two points more than Numancia after four rounds. Last season, these rivals met in the third round of the Cup and Numancia was more successful as a guest, while both teams recorded victories in the championship.
Numancia vs Sporting Gijon begins 13.09.2018 at 20:00 CET
Numancia was one step away from returning to La Liga last season, but Valladolid was better in the finals of the playoffs, and the opportunity had failed. However, it should be said that in play they entered the playoffs from the last sixth position and were not among the favourites. They have still managed to overcome Saragossa in two games, after which they blundered on their field against Valladolid and lost with 3-0. They have quite modestly opened the new championship with two draws, as guests with Cordoba (3-3) and at home with Cadiz (1-1).
They had a lead of 2-0 as guests against Lugo, but it was not enough for one point at least, so they lost with 3-2 after a goal in the fifth minute of the injury time. They had the lead against Cordoba and Cadiz, and they have achieved the first win against Elche in the last round. From this season Lopez Garai leads them from the bench, and for the moment midfielder Oyarzun is the best with two goals and two assists.
Probable lineups Numancia: Campos – Medina, Escassi, Atienza, Ripa – Sanz, Siera – Sanchez, Noguera, Oyarzun – Viguera
Sporting was more successful than Numancia last season in the regular part of the season, but they were already eliminated at the first obstacle in the playoffs. It is common for them that they were eliminated by Valladolid, but it is weak comfort considering that they failed to win placement in the elite rank. The start of the new championship is not that bad, though they have lost one match and this was exactly in the last round. In the first three, they played a draw with Alcorcona, then two identical victories at home with 2-0, against Gimnastico and Extremadura.
The aforementioned defeat had been experienced in La Coruna, when Deportivo only scored in the injury time. They have also remained with one player less in the finish of the match because of the excluded Cofie and this is a justification. They made great changes in the team this summer, but coach Baraj, who took over this team at the end of last calendar year, is still on the bench. Baraja announces changes in the composition, though he still cannot count on one big reinforcement, midfielder Blackman.
Probable lineups Sporting Gijon: Sanchez – Geraldes, Peybernes, Suarez, Canella – Lod, Hernan, Salvador, Mendez – Manzambi, Djurdjevic
Numancia vs Sporting Gijon PICK
It can be said that Sporting is individually stronger and they have started the new season better, so they are a mild favourites. Numancia is the host, but they will also perform with a combined team and give the guests a small advantage.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Sporting
Odds: 2.08 at betvictor (down to 1.98 can be played)
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