With the illusion of improving

The Albinegros want to fight for something more than permanence and the rojiblancos are looking for a return to the First Division after several unsuccessful attempts.

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The curtain opens on the port city with a duel between two teams seeking to improve on what they achieved last season (follow the game live on AS.com). FC Cartagena, after salvation, wants to look beyond permanence and UD Almería is one of the projects created to fight for direct promotion. It is Al-Sheikh's third year in ownership and he has set his goal of achieving top flight in three seasons. The sheikh does not want to miss the deadlines.

The local team comes to the meeting with the good memory of the last meeting between both teams last year. In the absence of three days to conclude the championship, the Albinegros defeated the Almeria (3-2) and they lost the few options they had to finish among the first two in a disastrous afternoon in their rear. He will do it with practically all the men at Carrión's disposal, who will have the important loss of Pablo De Blasis. The Argentine, who scored the final goal in the last precedent, continues to work on the sidelines. In addition, Gallar could not form from the beginning since this season he has been "between cottons" and only played half an hour in the last friendly. Thus, the eleven could be the same as the Carabela de Plata against Real Murcia, with the question of whether Rubén Castro is accompanied by Ortuño or Boateng plays behind the Canarian striker.

The rojiblancos are not bad at the start of the season, with only one defeat in the last eight debuts in the silver category; In addition, of his eight starts away, he has won up to five times and tied one. On the bench continues a Rubi who wants his team to be another in defense, an aspect that has been worked on "70% of the preseason" .

With the roster still unclosed, players wanted by different teams, such as Sadiq, Akieme or Samu Costa, will be in the game. All three give an Almería a lot of packaging without too many new faces. Nieto will make his debut on the right side, while Juan Ibiza returns to the axis of the rear after his year on loan at Sabadell. With Samu and Sadiq themselves as fixed, the question lies in who will be Lazo's three companions in the second line of attack. Everything indicates that Ramazani and Portillo will be two of them because of the verticality and the great preseason of the Belgian and because of the experience of the Madrid native. Thus, Puigmal and Curro Sánchez will compete for the other position. Whatever the pieces, Rubi looks for an Almería without the gross defensive errors of previous years, that competes at all times and that is fast in rival field.

KEYS

Offensive potential

Rubén Castro secures a goal and will once again be the benchmark. Cartagena has an attack to fight for something more than salvation.

Defense

Rubi has put a lot of emphasis during the preseason on defensive aspects. In the rear only Maras and Akieme will repeat compared to last year.

TO FOLLOW

Rubén Castro. With 40 years, the goals fall to him. The last year, 19. His goal, to improve or at least equal them.

Sadiq. The departure of the Nigerian is stopped and today he will start. Last season he scored 28 goals in total.

HIGHS AND LOWS

FC Cartagena. De Blasis, only casualty for Luis Carrión.

UD Almeria. Villar will not be at the premiere due to injury.



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