Ponferradina vs Real Oviedo predictions and match preview for Friday’s Spanish Segunda Division game. Read on for the head-to-head and analysis as these two sides aim to move into the top six.
- DATE: Friday 18th December 2020
- KICK-OFF: 19:00 (local time)
- VENUE: Estadio El Toralín
- COMPETITION: LaLiga SmartBank
Ponferradina vs Real Oviedo Preview
The weekend action in Spain kicks off in the Segunda Division with a meeting between two teams from northern Spain. Both Ponferradina and Real Oviedo are currently just outside the play-off places but victory for either side here would see them move into the top six.
In both cases, that would mark a significant upturn in fortunes since last season. Ponferradina ultimately only stayed up by virtue of a superior head-to-head record against Deportivo La Coruna while Real Oviedo were also in the thick of the relegation battle for most of the season. However in a league where just 10 points separated the best of the relegated teams from Elche, who went on to claim promotion having finished 6th last season, it only takes small improvements to go from the bottom end of the league to being in a position where a play-off push is possible.
With so many bigger and wealthier clubs in the Segunda, it would be a huge shock if tiny Ponferradina were to end up seriously challenging for promotion this season. However right now, they clearly believe in themselves. It’s just one defeat in seven games for Bolo’s men with the former Rayo Vallecano forward starting to make a bit of a name for himself as one of the emerging Spanish coaches.
As for Real Oviedo, they have made strides forward under Cuco Ziganda who boasts over a 40% win ratio since taking charge in February. They have been stronger in the final third under his leadership and their 4-2 win over Tenerife last time out ensures they now have the Segunda Division’s 4th best goalscoring record, behind only Mallorca, Espanyol and Almeria. They are also 4th in the form table for the last eight games, again trailing the same three sides.
Head to Head
- Last 5 Competitive Meetings: 3 Ponferradina Wins, 1 Oviedo Win, 1 Draw.
- Ponferradina were 2-1 winners in this fixture last term while the sides drew 0-0 in Asturias.
- Oviedo’s only recent victory over Ponfe came via a 3-0 margin in a Segunda Division clash in Asturias in 2016.
Ponferradina vs Real Oviedo Predictions
Score Prediction: Ponferradina 1-1 Real Oviedo
Both sides are in good overall form and it’s really tough to pick a winner here. Oviedo take a bit more momentum into the game following back-to-back wins but Ponferradina have been doing well at home of late, beating promotion hopefuls Leganes a few weeks back, and overall a draw looks the most likely outcome here.
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