Sporting Gijon vs Leganes
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 11 September 2016,
Kick-Off: 17:00 GMT+7
Venue: El Molinon, Gijon.
Leganes are one of the smallest clubs to have ever played in La Liga but they are making a big impression. 4 points from tough opening games away at Celta Vigo and at home to Atletico Madrid would have been beyond their wildest dreams but that’s what they’ve achieved, and they are yet to concede a goal after two excellent defensive displays. Víctor Díaz’s winner in Vigo remains the highlight for them but everything we’ve seen so far suggests they’llat least be competitive at this level and they will travel North here with real expectation of getting a result.
Sporting Gijon will be pleased with how they’ve started too. Having stayed up on the last day last year and lost numerous key players over the summer, they were dubbed as one of the relegation favourites along with Leganes before a ball was kicked, but they’ve also secured 4 points from their opening 2 games. They beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 at home on the opening day and backed that up with a 0-0 draw at newly promoted Alaves last time out.
This game then features two confident sides and ones that are defending considerably better than might have been expected. The onus will be on Sporting to take the game to Leganes, given they have home advantage, but that might just suit the visitors who appear to be enjoying the underdog tag. They were good value for their win at Celta on the opening day and will come here with a similar approach.
Both sides are a little short on real attacking quality though so it’s hard to see there being much goalmouth action in this one. The one big concern for both sides is that they don’t seem to have a striker who looks capable of consistently finding the net in this league and backing this to finish in a 0-0 draw at 13/2 looks about the most attractive bet in the correct score market.
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Sporting Gijon vs Leganes: Head-to-Head Statistics
The latest meeting between these two sides was during the 2014/15 season in Segunda Division. Gijon won both matches on that occasion; 2-1 at home and 1-0 away. The previous meetings has to be dated back to the period between 1998 and 2004. They have met for a total of 14 matches and Gijon won 8, while Leganes managed only one win and 5 matches saw draws.
Leganes have never defeated Gijon at the El Molinon and their record in 7 visits read 5 losses and 2 draws.
Sporting Gijon vs Leganes: Prediction
Both sides are coming into this match on a similar kind of form and are high on confidence. But Gijon’s strong home record against Leganes has to be highlighted here and they will definitely go into this match as favorites.
The match is expected to see few goals as both teams are short of quality players in the attacking unit. So under 2.5 goals is a good bet for this match. I will be also backing the correct score of 1-0 win for the home, which is priced at
Sporting Gijon vs Leganes: Betting Tips
Gijon to win at 5/4 (2.25)
Under 2.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57).
Sporting have won just 1 of their last 11 games when you include pre-season matches. Leganes have lost just 1 of their last 10 competitive games.
Sporting have added Viguera on a free and Douglas Pereira on loan from Barcelona since their last match. The Brazilian is a contender to start here but few changes are expected.
Timor is still suspended following his red card on the opening day. Leganes have Robert Ibañez available after his deadline day loan move from Valencia.