This week, Spanish domestic football continues with the Copa del Rey. Cartagena will face Valencia at the Estadio Catagonova Wednesday.
The recent form of Team
Cartagena beat Atletico Rioja by 2-0 in round one of the domestic cups. Castellon won round two 2-1. Alfredo Otunnu, a 30-year-old striker, was instrumental in the goals scored by Cartagena. He also assisted with three goals.
Cartagena failed to reach the second round in the cup the previous three seasons, and they will be thrilled to have overcome that hurdle this year.
Ultras were easily beaten by Valencia 3-0 in their opening game. Perhaps they could have scored more goals. They were held to a draw by Alenteiro in normal time. However, they managed to score two extra goals to win the second game.
Valencia was defeated 3-0 by Sevilla last season in the 16th round of the league. They will be hoping for more luck this year.
News from the team
Luis Carrion’s Efes are pushing for promotion in the Spanish second-division, so he could be rotated here before a crucial match with Huesca. Sergio Tejera, Pablo Claveria and Andy Cavaia are expected to return here. This was a new combination that Carrion used in the round against Castellon. However, given Wednesday’s opponents, Carrion may mix fringe players with first-teamers.
Thierry Correa is the main injury concern for visitors. Bordalas could also tweak his personnel in light of Real Madrid‘s visit this weekend. Yunus Musa, Cesar Tarrega, and Cesar Tarrega were given rare starts in the first round. They could get similar treatment here.
Match-ups between the two sides
Valencia and Cartagena have met only twice. Both matches were preseason friendlies, and Valencia won both.
Valencia won the most recent match 3-2. All five goals came in the second period.
Predicted Start XI
Cartagena Projection XI (4-2-3-1). Marc Martinez; Julian Delmas, Pedro Alcala, Pablo Vazquez, Gaston Silva; Richard Boateng, Yann Bodiger; Alex Gallar, Pablo D Blasis, Berto Cayarga; Ruben Castro
Valencia Prediction XI (4-4-2). Jasper Cillessen; Cristiano Piccini, Omar Alderete, Hugo Guillamon, Jesus Vasquez; Helder Costa, Carlos Soler, Daniel Wass, Yunus Musah; Maximiliano Gomez, Goncalo Guedes
Cartagena is playing well right now. They are unbeaten in six of their last six matches and have lost only one of their eight previous games. The home team could face a significant challenge in the game against Valencia.
The visitors lost their last game and ended a nine-match streak of unbeaten. They will now be eager to get their season back on track. They have the perfect chance to do it against a weaker opponent and should be able to come out on top.