XEREX DEPORTIVO- SPORTING GIJON
It is difficult to win football matches if you do not score any goals and Xerex, in their first ever season in La Liga are finding them very hard to come by. They have scored just three times in ten league starts and not at all, in 9 of their last 12 in all competitions, their only goal in the last 450 minutes of football coming in a 2-1 home cup loss to Osasuna. They have firmly targetted three points today as vital if they are going to launch a survival bid, but they have a return to Segunda written all over them and lack the quality required for La Liga.
Gijon do not have any real stars, but are a strong well knit squad, who have developed over the last two seasons and are proving tough to beat, they could climb into the top five with a win today and off level ball they look a good shout. Player for player they are a stronger team and will be looking to bounce back after a cup blip immediately before the mini break, they have already collected road points at Bilbao, Valencia and Deportivo and meet nothing approaching that quality today.
Sometimes these basic stats can be misleading, but not in this case, in their last three outings Xerex have aveaged 42% possesion and just six attempts on goal, allowing opponents an average of 17, that is simply not good enough and now that their early season euphoria has evaporated, I would argue that recent performances have actually declined.
5.5 points Gijon level ball 2.01 asian line.