Having lost against Cadiz last time out, Zaragoza are no longer in a position of power. One more slip and their play-off push would likely come to an end. Fortunately, the hosts have a good record at home, while they have the luxury of facing a reasonably poor Albacete side. Having won four of their last five on home soil, Natxo González’s men should fancy their chances.
With the way things are going, Albacete’s season looks as though it may be fizzling out. They’re five points clear of the drop-zone, so it’s fair to say that they’ve probably done enough to stay in the division, though they will want to secure a couple more points just to be certain.
In all honesty, though they’re not in the most flattering league position, Albacete haven’t done too badly on the road this season. However, they have lost some of their defensive solidity of late, conceding five goals in their last two on the road, and they do face a Zaragoza side who can be very overpowering on their own patch.
The hosts have made light work of beating teams on their own patch of late, while their recent record against the lesser teams at home is impressive. Aside from a somewhat shock defeat against Sevilla B, Zaragoza have won each of their last four home matches against bottom-half teams, scoring an impressive eight goals in doing so. What’s more, González’s men come into this fixture having emerged victorious from eight of their last nine on home soil.
Not only do the hosts tend to win games at La Romareda, but they’ve made a pleasing habit of scoring goals. They scored twice against Gijon in their latest home fixture, while they’ve now scored at least twice in five of their last seven on home soil. Against an Albacete side who’ve tended to be very open away from home of late, shipping six goals in their last three on the road, such stats bode well for Zaragoza.
At times, Albacete have managed to do well on their travels. They’ve taken points off the likes of Huesca and Oviedo in recent times, but they’ve been far too open of late and are unlikely to hold off a Zaragoza side who should be in the mood. Plenty of teams have gone to La Romareda and conceded goals, so it’s not hard to see an Albacete team who’re coming off the back of shipping three at Valladolid in their last away match, coming unstuck.
At in all, based on both the recent attacking performances of the hosts and the recent defensive performances of the visitors, and with the hosts likely to get on the front foot, it’s difficult to go against goals for the home side, especially at the prices. Backing ‘Zaragoza to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ stands out.
Looking for Accumulator tips? See what our experts are tipping today and follow the smart money.
Albacete have a poor recent record in this fixture. The visitors come here having won none of the last five renewals, while they’ve lost three of those. Earlier in the season, the pair drew 0-0.
The hosts will be without Simone Grippo and Alberto Benito, who’re both out through injury, while Julian Delmas is suspended.
The visitors also come into this fixture with a few absentees. Esteban Saveljich, Pelayo and Nicolas Gorosito are out injured. Carlos Delgado is banned.