The Gibtelecom Rock Cup second round kicks off tomorrow evening and here are our predictions.
St Joseph’s vs FC Hound Dogs (Wednesday 6th February – 8:30pm)
Saints come into the game on the back of a 8-0 thrashing of Glacis and would be expected to continue that goalscoring form against the side which sit bottom of the Second Division. Raul Procopio’s squad isn’t the biggest so we could see him putting out a strong squad.
Prediction: St Joseph’s win.
Mons Calpe vs College 1975 (Thursday 7th February – 6:15pm)
Just like the St Joseph’s game, this one will probably end up in a quite heavy scoreline. College got beat 5-1 by Manchester 62 in the Cup last weekend, while Mons Calpe will be looking for a confidence booster after their defeat to Gibraltar United. With a bigger squad, Blanco could use certain players from his Intermediate squad for some valuable minutes.
Prediction: Mons Calpe win.
Lincoln Red Imps vs Europa (Thursday 7th February – 8:30pm)
It was raining goals for Lincoln last weekend as they shipped eleven past Boca – Giovanni Rodriguez and Hector Figueroa have impressed since joining in January while ex-Europa forward Kike got himself a hat-trick on his debut. The holders will be hoping to try and get one over their rivals after losing 3-2 earlier on in the season but could see defeat as a blessing with more focus being put into winning the league.
Prediction: Lincoln win.
Manchester 62 vs Gibraltar United (Friday 8th February – 8:30pm)
It has been a difficult few months for Gibraltar United but last week’s win over Mons Calpe could be the turning point needed and they’d hope to continue it against Manchester. The Red Devils invested well in January and it showed in their Cup win against College with ex-Gib Utd striker Robert Montovio getting on the scoresheet but their number one keeper Christian Lopez saw red which will give them a problem going into the game.
Prediction: Gibraltar United win.
Lynx vs Gibraltar Phoenix (Saturday 9th February – 4pm)
This one could be a very interesting tie; two sides doing well at the moment with Phoenix slightly edging it with more goals scored. Lynx have proved to be a tough test to Lincoln and Europa in the last couple of weeks so their opponents should not take them lightly.
Prediction: Phoenix win on penalties.
Glacis United vs Lions (Saturday 9th February – 6:15pm)
Lions will be looking to exact revenge after their 3-1 loss in January, it was quite an even game until conceding an own goal just before half-time which ultimately changed the game. Glacis will be hoping to welcome Alan Parker and Nacho Fernandez back into the squad while Mariano Pereira and Courtney Lewis miss out through suspension.
Prediction: Lions win on penalties.
Europa Point vs FC Olympique (Saturday 9th February – 8:30pm)
Another interesting encounter -, both teams in good form and in with a good chance of progressing. Europa Point will be happy to welcome back their main man Cristian Nunez Chaves from suspension while their opponents come into the game off the back of a whopping 12-3 win over Leo in the 2nd Division Cup.
Prediction: Olympique win on penalties.
FC Boca Juniors vs Brunos Magpies (Sunday 10th February – 4pm)
Magpies did take a heavy hit to their squad in January but with a front three of Assumpcao, Wyatt & Cuesta – it doesn’t really matter what is behind you, they are that good. Yet to be properly tested in the Second Division, Dave Wilson’s men will be looking at the Rock Cup as a idea of where the club is going ahead of next season. It will be another difficult task for Boca and one which we don’t see them winning.
Prediction: Magpies win.