Joey - June 11, 2018
Numancia vs Real Valladolid
Spanish Segunda Division Play-off Final
Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos, Soria.
Numancia and Real Valladolid were underdogs before the semi-final ties with their respective rivals, but both managed to find the way to make it to the promotional play-offs final over two legs. They are now set to determine the last passenger to the top flight of the Spanish football between them. The first leg will be played on Wednesday evening at Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos.
Whilst the progression never came in question for Pucela who won both of their legs against Sporting Gijon bagging an impressive five-goal tally along the way, Rojillos needed the stoppage-.time goal to book them the last-gasp victory on Saturday at Estadio de la Romareda.
Real Zaragoza (finished the regular season in third) and Numancia were ready for the extra-time at the weekend with the same 1-1 result on the scoresheet, but attacking midfielder Pape Diamanka notched the huge goal for Arrasate’s men to send them to the play-off final. Can Rojillos produce another upset against the in-form Real Valladolid here?
Valladolid once again showed their attacking potential when they netted five goals in two semi-final legs with Sporting Gijon. Pucela boasted league’s best attacking record with as many as 69 goals in the regular season (even more than Rayo Vallecano and Huesca who had earlier earned the direct promotion).
Striker Jaime Mata is the one who leads the line for the visitors. He was on target in the reverse fixture of the clash with Gijon on Sunday and he is certainly our top suggestion for the anytime goalscorer bet here.
As far as the outcome of the first leg is concerned, we have to see Numancia as favourites following their impressive home record of 15 wins in 21 matches in the regular season. Knowing that Pucela only won 5 of 21 away games in this term of Segunda Division, we see the value in backing Numancia DNB at 1.61 here. Backing goals at both ends is a must at 1.80.