The soccer world is paralyzed by the defining matches of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, but there are still some competitions underway in the lower leagues. Thus, this weekend LaLiga 2 offers us the game between Cartagena vs Racing Santander, in the last matchday of the year in this Spanish second division.
Cartagena must win at home if they do not to lose ground on the playoff dispute, while Racing Santander need to bounce back after losing five games in a row.
At JefeBet we tell you how both teams come into this game, the possible lineups, our predictions and the available odds for Cartagena vs Racing de Santander.
Predictions, Odds and Betting Preview for the Cartagena vs Racing de Santander LaLiga 2 Matchday 21 Game December 17, 2022
- Where: Cartagonova Municipal Stadium – Cartagena, Spain.
- When: Saturday, December 17, 2022, 12.30 PM E.T.
- Moneyline: Cartagena (+100) / Tie (+215) / Racing de Santander (+310)
- Asian Handicap: Cartagena (-0.5, -110) / Racing de Santander (+0.5, -130)
- Over/Under (2.5): Over (+145) / Under (-200)
- Both teams score: Yes (+105) / No (-140).
Odds provided by DraftKings.
Cartagena is giving a good impression on this campaign, which so far has left them on the verge of the playoffs for promotion to the first division. However, they come from a goalless draw against Sporting Gijón as visitors, and a 1-0 loss to Villarreal B at home.
Those results halted a two-game winning streak, so they now share playoff access with Granada, as both have 32 points. In any case, at almost halfway through the competition, they are only 4 points behind leaders Eibar.
Probable lineup (4-3-3): Aarón Escándela; Iván Calero, Alcalá, Pablo Vázquez and Toni Datković; Tejera, Damián Musto and Pablo De Blasis; Isak Jansson, Franchu Feuillassier and Armando Sadiku.
Racing Santander Preview
Racing Santander has lost its last five games and is in a completely different situation to Cartagena. To make the matters worse, this situation led to the departure of their coach Guillermo Fernández. The directors acted quickly, and that week agreed the arrival of José Alberto López as coach, who will make his debut this weekend.
Racing’s moment is a case to pay attention, given that this slump comes after 8 games without defeats. Thus, the Santander team is in the relegation places.
Perhaps the most worrying thing is that Racing Santander scores very few goals. For example, if we take the last five games, we will see that he only converted twice: against Albacete in the 2-1 loss and against Mirandés, a 1-2 defeat.
Probable lineup (4-2-3-1): Miquel Farera; Dani Fernández, Pol Moreno, Rubén González and Enero Satrústegui; Iñigo Sainz Maza, Fausto Tienza; Unai Medina, Jorge Pombo Iñigo Vicente; and Matheus Aiás.
Clearly, Cartagena has the chance to get back to three points and follow closely what happens at the top of the standings. In any case, it will not be so easy for them to breach a defense difficult to break through (17 goals), even though they are the second team with the most goals in LaLiga 2 (23, only one behind Eibar and Granada).
Therefore, at JefeBet we believe that Cartagena will win, albeit by a small margin.
Prediction: Cartagena wins 1 to 0.