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Sporting Gijon and Espanyol Set for Tight First Leg in Bid to Reach La Liga

Sporting Gijón vs Espanyol - 09/06/2024

Sporting Gijon and Espanyol Set for Tight First Leg in Bid to Reach La Liga
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The Segunda Division play-offs get underway this weekend, with fourth and fifth facing off at Estadio El Molinon on Sunday evening.

Fourth-placed Espanyol finished four points clear of fifth-placed Sporting Gijon, who will host the first leg of their semi-final showdown in Asturias.

In this preview, we cover all the key stats and trends ahead of the first leg. Keep reading to discover what Forebet’s AI algorithm predicts for Sunday’s clash.

Let’s start by looking at the hosts, Sporting Gijon, who finished the regular season on a high, notching successive 1-0 victories over Eibar and Eldense.

Between January and May, Sporting Gijon suffered nine defeats in 17 league matches, suggesting that they could drop out of the race for promotion.

However, they turned things around at just the right time, winning three of their final four games to finish one point inside the play-off places.

Having won five of their last seven home league games, Sporting Gijon will be hopeful of notching a first-leg advantage in front of their fans.

As for Espanyol, they head into the play-offs on a 16-game unbeaten streak, with their last league defeat coming all the way back on February 10.

Since then, the Barcelona outfit have registered six wins and 10 draws, with six draws coming in their previous eight encounters.

It is also worth noting that Espanyol have drawn each of their last five away outings, playing out four goalless stalemates during that period.

Still, Espanyol can take confidence from the fact that they have kept five clean sheets in their previous six away games, avoiding defeat in the process.

Head-to-head: Sporting Gijon have avoided defeat in each of their last three league meetings with Espanyol, picking up one win and two draws along the way.

Across the previous nine meetings, however, both sides have registered three victories and three draws, meaning Sunday’s clash will likely be a tight affair.

Team news: Gaspar Campos and Juan Otero have each scored 10 goals for Sporting Gijon this season, while veteran left-back Cote has contributed four goals and seven assists.

Martin Braithwaite has been the star of the show for Espanyol, scoring 22 goals in 42 games, with Javi Puado netting 14 goals in 36 appearances.

Given that Espanyol have drawn 10 of their last 14 league encounters, Sunday’s showdown looks destined to be another close-fought battle.

Forebet predicts that Sporting Gijon and Espanyol will play out a low-scoring draw, with both teams netting under 1.5 goals.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Pred
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Coef.
Score
Live
coef.
Es2
274825
X
1 - 1
2.03
16°
3.00
2.30 3.00 3.00 no no no
FT
0 - 1(0 - 0)
-
- - -

Segunda Division

Segunda Division Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
CD Leganes 74 42 20 14 8 29
2
Real Valladolid 72 42 21 9 12 15
3
SD Eibar 71 42 21 8 13 24
4
Espanyol 69 42 17 18 7 19
5
Sporting Gijón 65 42 18 11 13 9
6
Real Oviedo 64 42 17 13 12 16
7
Racing Santander 64 42 18 10 14 8
8
Levante UD 59 42 13 20 9 4
9
Burgos CF 59 42 16 11 15 -2
10
Racing Ferrol 59 42 15 14 13 -3
11
Elche 59 42 16 11 15 -3
12
CD Tenerife 56 42 15 11 16 -3
13
Real Zaragoza 51 42 12 15 15 0
14
FC Cartagena 51 42 14 9 19 -14
15
Albacete Balompie 51 42 12 15 15 -6
16
CD Eldense 50 42 12 14 16 -10
17
SD Huesca 49 42 11 16 15 3
18
CD Mirandés 49 42 12 13 17 -8
19
SD Amorebieta 45 42 11 12 19 -16
20
Alcorcón 44 42 10 14 18 -21
21
FC Andorra 43 42 11 10 21 -20
22
Villarreal B 43 42 11 10 21 -21

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