Almeria v Cordoba could turn into a war of attrition when they meet at the Juegos Mediterraneos on Friday night. Neither side has been in good form and it could take a mistake to split the sides.
Almeria have started their La Liga season as many pundits predicted they would. A 1-1 draw on the opening day against Espanyol was followed by a 1-0 defeat one week later away to Getafe. They have a real problem scoring goals and they will need to find a spark from somewhere if they wish to avoid relegation. Relegation was a distinct possibility last season and they managed to avoid it by a single point. They will need new signing Tomer Hemed to find his shooting boots soon if they are to have a season away from the foot of the table.
Newly promoted Cordoba haven’t enjoyed a great start to their season either. They, like Almeria, have only a single point to show for their two games so far. However, there is perhaps more reason for Cordoba to be optimistic. They have had a very difficult start. In their first game back in La Liga they had to face the might of Real Madrid and, while they lost 2-0, they were in no way humiliated by the team from the Bernabeu. Next up was a home tie against Celta Vigo where they managed a creditable 1-1 draw against the team currently occupying third place in La Liga. They will perhaps be feeling a little better about themselves than Almeria at this point.
Conclusion – soccer predictions:
This is an incredibly tight game to call. Both sides have a solitary point coming from a 1-1 draw and both sides are sitting with a goal difference of minus one. Interestingly the two sides met in a friendly a few days before the start of the season. Unsurprisingly the result was a 1-1 draw. With no winning form to draw upon for this encounter it would be difficult to see anything other than another draw as the final result.