Tenerife vs Sporting Gijon predictions and match preview for Friday’s Spanish Segunda Division game. Read on for the head-to-head and analysis as the visitors continue their push for promotion.
- DATE: Friday 9th April 2021
- KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
- STADIUM: Heliodoro Rodríguez López
- COMPETITION: LaLiga SmartBank
Tenerife vs Sporting Gijon Preview
The Friday game in LaLiga SmartBank this week comes from the Canary Islands. It sees mid-table Tenerife play host to promotion hopefuls Sporting Gijon. The visitors really need all three points if they are going to maintain a serious chance of finishing in the top two.
It won’t be easy though against a Tenerife side that has been quite strong at home this season. With matches behind closed doors, teams will try and cling to any home advantage they can find and with visiting teams needing to make the long trip by air, it’s perhaps a bit easier for Tenerife to find some kind of edge when they are on home soil. Only six teams have picked up more home points this term, and one of those is neighbouring Las Palmas, yet neither Canarian team is in serious play-off contention.
Tenerife were held to a 1-1 draw by their island neighbours in their last home game but their hopes of a late season push for the top six were dealt what feels like a terminal blow with a 1-0 defeat at struggling UD Logrones last time out. They are now 11 points off 6th and only 7 points above the relegation zone, although you sense their strong home form will be enough to steer them to safety well before the final day.
As for Sporting, they come into this game having suffered their first home defeat of the season last time out. A shock 2-1 loss to Mirandes was a major setback for David Gallego’s side, particularly coming immediately after an important 1-0 win away to fellow promotion hopefuls Rayo Vallecano.
Overall, it is just 2 wins from 7 Segunda Division games for the Asturian side though. That has seen them really lose ground on Espanyol who have taken charge of the race for automatic promotion and even the 9 point deficit to 2nd placed Mallorca looks as though it’s going to be all but impossible for Sporting to make up now. On a more positive note, they still have a 7 point cushion on 7th place and barring a complete collapse in form, they ought to be taking part in the play-offs come June.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Tenerife Wins, 2 Sporting Wins, 1 Draw.
- The sides drew 1-1 in Asturias earlier in the season.
- Tenerife had won the previous 2 meetings and have also won 2 of the last 3 at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López.
Tenerife vs Sporting Gijon Predictions
Score Prediction: Tenerife 1-1 Sporting Gijon
Both sides appear to have reached a stage where caution may prevail with Tenerife looking to accumulate enough points to ensure they stay in the league while Sporting will be keen to make sure they comfortably make the play-offs with their automatic promotion hopes looking slim. Sporting’s away form has improved as the season has gone on but they’ll struggle to leave the Canaries with all 3 points against a Tenerife side that boasts one of the better home records in the division.
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