Europa v Mons Calpe preview: Rock Cup final sees Mons face holders

Mons Calpe face holders Europa in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup final in the Victoria Stadium today (kick-off 6:00pm), looking to secure a Europa League spot. 

Luis Manuel Blanco’s side, who saw off Gibraltar United 5-0 in the semi-final, face champions Europa, who were winners last year under Juanjo Gallardo, beating Lincoln Red Imps.

Team news 

In a press conference earlier this week, Blanco felt very proud of what his players have achieve this year and said that his side “deserve to be in the final.” 

We all know that football is a team spot but two players in particular which have stood out for Mons this season have been strikers Rubo Blanco & Pibe who have scored a combined thirty-nine goals in all competitions this season. 

The Calpians starting line-up will certainly be different to the one which got hammered 6-0 by Lincoln last Tuesday. 

Ethan Jolley told FG that the players are not distracted after first team coach Jonathan Parrado left earlier last week and they are 100% ready for the game. 

It is quite fitting that Juanjo Gallardo takes charge today especially after he was the manager which won Europa the Rock Cup last season and from our understanding he has a fully fit squad with the only concern is which local starts seeing as Juanjo hasn’t got Liam Walker to choose from this time round. 

Previous meetings 

  1. Europa 1-0 Mons Calpe
  2. Mons Calpe 0-1 Europa
  3. Europa 3-0 Mons Calpe
  4. Mons Calpe 0-3 Europa
  5. Europa 2-0 Mons Calpe


Daniel Griffin predicts: “Europa have had the upper hand on Mons in the league, winning all three games this season, however Mons have been a different side in the cup. They got past St Joseph’s then destroyed Gib United with ease, so they should not fear Europa in the final. Europa have more experience in final matches though, so for that reason I will plump for an extremely hard-fought 3-2 Europa victory.” 

Adam Roberts predicts: “Mons Calpe rely heavily on their pace and power to win them games which we have seen over the last few months and I believe that Europa are the only team in the league which can cope with it. Losing the league to Lincoln will be a wake-up call for most of the Europa players and I expect them to come out on top today, winning 2-0.” 

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