Almeria hosts Eibar in round 24 of Spanish LaLiga 2. The match will be played on Monday, January 24th at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos (Almería)
In the last few years, Almeria has been considered as a contender for promotion to LaLiga. The growth of ambitions is associated with the emergence of a new investor representing Saudi Arabia. Of course, Al-Sheikh does not have the same opportunities as the fund, which bought Newcastle. Yes, he sets serious tasks, but at first, he interfered in their implementation with the dismissals of head coaches. Since last year, on the contrary, he has shown his trust to Ruby. In the last championship, the Red-Whites lost the fight for LaLiga in the additional playoffs. But in the new season, Almeria was confidently taking first place with a margin. However, it has significantly decreased in recent weeks. The team left the Cup, but let it be: this tournament is not of great importance. But the Red-Whites won only one out of five last matches in the Segunda. January began with a defeat to Cartagena. And then they only tied against Las Palmas. Even modest Lugo beat the favorite on January 19 (2-1).
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Eibar played in LaLiga in the previous years. To put it mildly, the team didn’t set the Thames on fire but managed to keep a place in the elite division. And the Gunsmiths were trained by Mendilibar during practically all this time. He lacked bright ideas only in the last season, and it ended with limp relegation from the last place. Now the task is clear: not to get stuck in the Segunda and to return to the elite from the very outset. And a fairly well-known coach, Gaizka Garitano, was entrusted with accomplishing it. He started quite well, and his new charges spent the 1st round mostly in second place. But the last games did not raise the mood of the Gunsmiths. First, they left the cup after a home defeat to Mallorca. And on January 10, one of the leaders of the championship escaped the defeat from Oviedo only in the 87th minute.
In this pair, the home pitch has played an extremely important role in recent years. In 13 matches, the away side managed to win only once. Almeria did it back in 2006. There was also one draw. Since 2015, the clubs did not cross paths until last October. Then Stoichkov brought victory to Eibar. Now Bookmakers believe that Almeria players will brace themselves and win. But Eibar will not give up without a fight, so we choose an option with an exchange of goals scored.