On Monday, December 5, Ponferradina and Burgos CF will compete for three points in the Spanish Segunda Division. Two teams at opposite ends of the standings will meet at El Toralin on matchday 18. With 17 points from two games, the hosts are 19th in the standings and one point away from safety.
In contrast, Burgos is third on 31 points, three points behind the top two automatic promotion spots, and they want to be promoted. Ponferradina lost to Malaga by a score of 1-0 last week. Ruben Castro, a veteran of Spanish football, missed a penalty for the hosts, but Erik Moran scored an own goal in the 58th minute to give Malaga the win.
Burgos is targeting promotion to the top flight, so a victory here could propel them into the top two, contingent on outcomes elsewhere. For the first time, the Blanquinegros are aiming for La Liga promotion. Their rise in fortunes has been fueled by their compact structure, which has resulted in only 15 goals scored in 17 games in which they have played.
In contrast, Ponferradina’s poor campaign has left them fighting relegation for the majority of the season. They have struggled with consistency. A close loss to Burgos could continue this poor run.
Prediction: Ponferradina 0-1 Burgos
The two sides will meet for the 18th time. With seven victories to Ponferradina’s six, Burgos has a slightly better record, with four draws. In their most recent encounter in May, Ponferradina prevailed 3-1 at home. Kike Saverio, Jose Reina, and Jose Naranjo scored the winning goal for their team. In their last six competitive games, Burgos has only lost one and won four.
In their last 12 competitive games, Ponferradina has won just one and lost six. This season, Burgos has only lost one of their nine competition-related away games, drawing the final one. At least one team has failed to keep a clean sheet in four of the last five matches between the two teams. In the nine away games that Burgos has played this season, at least one team has failed to score and has scored fewer than three goals.
|D||3||José Antonio Ríos|
|D||18||Aitor Córdoba Querejeta|
|M||22||Miguel Muñoz Mora|
|United States||Fox Soccer Plus, ViX|
|France||Molotov, Free, L’Equipe, L’Equipe Web|
|Nepal||SONY TEN 3 HD, Sony LIV, SONY TEN 3|
|India||JioTV, SONY TEN 3 HD, SONY TEN 3, Sony LIV|
|Sri Lanka||Sony LIV, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD|