Sporting Gijon v Leganes - Sunday 11:00, Sky Sports 2
Two unbeaten teams in Sporting Gijon and Leganes face each other at the El Molinón on Sunday morning. Both sides should be happy with their starts and particularly Leganes, who beat Celta Vigo before managing to hold overwhelming favourites Atletico to a draw last time out. Gijon picked up an excellent win against Bilbao in their first game before drawing with another promoted side Alaves last time out.
A large reason for Gijon avoiding the drop was an excellent run at home towards the end of the season. They won four of their last five matches at the El Molinón, having won only three home games prior to that. Their start to this campaign will give them hope and for many they have surprised already as they lost a number of key players over the summer, particularly up front where Sanabria and Jony, who scored 16 of Sporting’s 40 goals last season, have departed. However, there is hope that new signing Cop will help to fill their void after he scored on his debut against Bilbao.
Leganes’ form on their travels in the Segunda last term was a tale of two halves: the first was poor as they didn’t register a win in their first seven, but they were significantly better later on as they won eight of their next 14. Their games lacked goals however, as 24 of their 42 matches saw fewer than three goals and this was largely due to the fact that they were strong defensively, keeping an impressive 20 clean sheets.
Both teams’ results in their opening two matches suggest that this game will be a tight affair. You’d have to think Leganes would take a draw, particularly as they are away, and as such you’d expect Garitano to set his side up so that they’re hard to break down. Indeed, he managed to pull it off against Atletico, restricting Simeone’s men to three shots on target. We think this one could be a draw as well, particularly as Gijon have drawn their last three matches against promoted sides.