Lugo vs Mirandes by Neuro
Game of the second round of the Spanish Copa del Rey that will be held at the "Estadio Anxo Carro" between Lugo and Mirandes. The match is played by knockout rules and in case of a tie, overtime will follow and then a penalty shootout.
Lugo made a surprise last weekend, coming from great looking performance with a 1:0 victory over Zaragoza away from home. Three pointer was taken completely fair, as they showed great character playing in a very difficult atmosphere and stadium to win. Only goal was scored by Rennella in 58th minute, while it was obvious that their hosts still didn't find the right form early in the season.
With performances in first four rounds, Lugo has showed great potential and their victory over Zaragoza is only a big surprise at the first sight, while the team proved to be capable of doing anything, fighting against some of the best squads in Segunda. They played smart, perfectly knowing what they wanted on the pitch. Good start brought excitement at "Anxo Carro", since the team shows that they can make a similar course to the one they had last season, when they secured the position in Segunda long before the last rounds in a very comfortable way. There is not a single problem in their roster for this game, while the coach is still expected to make some rotations to keep the players fresh for their league duties.
Mirandes is also coming from a very successful start in Segunda, having three victories and a draw so far. They are coming from a 1:0 victory over Real Madrid B, also away from home last Sunday. Their greatest weapon this season seems to be their defense, as they continued exploiting rivals at counter attacks.
They are in a great situation at the moment, as the club is currently ranked first in the standings with ten points out of four rounds. Undefeated and with one goal conceded so far, they show to be one of the best defensive teams in the league, trying to concentrate on counter attacks in each game. Both coach Arconada and his players are avoiding big words for now, because they know that their primary target is escaping the dangerous zone and that it's still early in the season to judge anything. Cup game is not that important to them as a club and are surely expected to rest several players for this clash. Left back Jose Rios and striker Pablo Infante are still not prepared for the new season and will be sidelined once more.
Both teams are coming with a good form into this match, but their defenses are playing big roles in their performances. Lugo has a small advantage as hosts, but with the way both teams are playing it's hard to expect few goals being scored here. Having in mind that the teams will rest some of the players shouldn't improve their fluency and under 2.5 goals seems like a logical choice.