The matches, our predictions, the lowdown: here is our bitesize guide to the Gibtelecom Rock Cup second round action.
- Mons Calpe vs Lions (Tuesday 6th February)
- Cannons vs Hound Dogs (Wednesday 7th February)
- Gibraltar United vs Manchester 62 (Wednesday 7th February)
- FC Olympique vs Europa Point (Thursday 8th February)
- Lynx vs Europa (Monday 19th February)
- Lincoln vs Glacis (Tuesday 20th February)
- Brunos Magpies vs Gib Phoenix (Monday 26th February)
- St Joseph’s vs Leo (Tuesday 27th February)
All games at 20:30 except Cannons vs Hound Dogs (18:15).
- Mons vs Lions (Lions progress)
- Cannons vs Hound Dogs (Cannons progress)
- Gib Utd vs Man 62 (Gibraltar United progress)
- Olympique vs Europa Point (Olympique progress)
- Lynx vs Europa (Europa progress)
- Lincoln vs Glacis (Lincoln progress)
- Magpies vs Phoenix (Phoenix progress)
- Saints vs Leo (St Joseph’s progress)
- Mons new manager Luis Manuel Blanco’s first competitive game in charge sees his side take on Lions, with the Argentine hoping to get his reign off to be a good start. Following the manager, seven new players have joined during the January window with the same number on their way out – for this reason we expect Lions to edge it, despite them losing five of their last six games.
- Last time these teams met in late September, Cannons edged it 1-0 – since then they’ve gone from first to fifth following the recent issues with Angels while Hound Dogs sit seventh. On paper, Cannons are favourites and we’d expect them to progress.
- Tough game to call – Gibraltar United’s struggles continued last weekend with a draw against Lynx while Manchester 62 suffered a 3-0 defeat to St Joseph’s. Goals have been hard to come by for Gib United in recent months following the suspension of Ayman Elghosbashy and his return might be the key to reversing his side’s poor form in front of goal. It won’t be easy however as they could be coming across Red Devils new signing Matt Cafer who returned to the club in January – it should be a great game.
- Arguably two of the best teams in Second Division face off once again with both looking to progress. Europa Point have made a few key signings both local and foreign but if you’re judging this game by squads then Olympique should come out as winners especially with the signing of Gibraltar international Kyle Casciaro.
- Looking at where they are positioned, newly appointed manager Daniel Andrés Peluas won’t be looking at the Rock Cup as something he will plan on winning with injuries to players something which he can’t afford happening, especially with a battle to avoid the drop. Europa come in as favourites and will be expected to win.
- Lincoln have scored seven goals in their last two meetings against Glacis, and in the kind of form the Imps are in, we expect them to carry on flowing. Glacis have shown this season that defensively they are very good but Lincoln are just on a different level to everyone else and we’re sure they will progress.
- During Phoenix’s demolition of the Second Division, Dave Wilson’s men were the only side which ever really tested them. Since then, a takeover in the summer has seen Phoenix improve majorly; while Magpies have put together a good squad we’d expect the gulf in class to show and Phoenix progress.
- We’d expect this to be a very one-sided game seeing as St Joseph’s sit third in the Premier & Leo bottom of Second Division. Despite Leo changing ownership and a big overhaul in the January window – Saints will be too strong and we wouldn’t be surprised if Raul Procopio uses this game as a chance for the locals, and other fringe players in his squad to prove their worth.