Almeria hosts Girona in round 33 of Spanish LaLiga 2. The match will be played on Sunday, March 27th at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos (Almería)
Almeria has been trying to gain promotion to the top division for more than one season. Such a task was set before the team by Turki Al-Sheikh, a millionaire from Saudi Arabia. Like many people from the Middle East, he is not particularly versed in the realities of football but has a lot of ambition. Once his impatience got in the way: for some reason, he removed Guti, with whom the team played successfully. But having become wiser and more patient, the Saudi owner is waiting for a breakthrough from Rubi for the second year. In the last draw, Almeria finished in fourth place but lost in the playoffs. Now the Red-Whites have good chances of promoting to the elite directly. Everything went well for a long time, but they noticeably slowed down in 2022. January was especially disastrous, as Almeria managed to earn only one point in five rounds. And there were some problems in March. The Red-Whites lost to Zaragoza away and tied with Lugo at home. But in the last round, they gained a very important victory over Tenerife (1-0), and the chances of getting into LaLiga increased dramatically.
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Girona is one of the numerous pursuers of Almeria. The Catalan team belongs to the traditional favorites of the Segunda. In 2017, the Gironistes gained promotion to LaLiga and spent two seasons there. And after being relegated, they regularly claimed another promotion. But they lacked the strength for a direct ticket, and the playoffs always ended in failure. And now the same scenario is unfolding. Michel’s men are on the fifth line with 52 points after 32 matches, but they still have chances to catch up with the same Almeria. In the last three rounds, the Catalans gained victories over Real Oviedo, Las Palmas, and Ibiza. If they keep such a pace, they will be able to take at least second place. Christian Stuani deserves special attention. The 35-year-old Uruguayan striker scored 17 goals in 27 matches, and he tops the list of scorers together with Borja Baston.
Recently, the clubs have shown approximately equal statistics in head-to-head matches. Almeria looked better in the regular season: four points in the last draw and a 2-1 away win in this one. But in June 2021, Girona eliminated Almeria in the playoffs. Now bookmakers are waiting for a pretty serious fight. But Almeria will play at home and must earn the maximum number of points.