The Segunda marches on following the international break that saw only a few teams affected by all the World Cup qualifiers and friendlies going on. Many American eyes will be monitoring the Segunda for arguably the first time ever with Carlos Bocanegra possibly making his Racing debut this week. For once, there was some good news in Santander this week as Fabri’s boys pulled out a win over Lugo midweek in the Copa del Rey even though they were dominated by the Galicians. They now return home to the Sardinero to take on Recreativo who have been playing very well this season including last week’s solid 3-2 win over Murcia. But a hunch here says that Racing improves a little bit and grabs a much needed victory. HOME WIN.
Even though he won last week, Juan Carlos Mandia’s head is still on the chopping block as the Hercules boss essentially needs to win the next several games just to keep his job. Possible replacements have already been discussed including former Rayo manager Jose Ramon Sandoval who is all too familiar with managing teams who have major money issues. Other candidates are coaches from the Hercules youth ranks which seem to be the more fiscally accepted alternative. Mandia’s group heads to El Madrigal to play Villarreal who sit second. Despite a united front from the players who say they are with Mandia, a loss to a much stronger Submarino side will send Mandia to the unemployment office. HOME WIN.
The Friday nighter shapes up to be a tasty one as Sabadell head to Madrid to take on Real Madrid Castilla. Sabadell shocked many by slapping around Almeria 3-0 last week. The Catalans are excellent on defense and perhaps may have seen a breakthrough from Anibal last week after his hat trick. This will be a fun one but I’ll go with a slight upset here. ROAD WIN.
It was not the worst thing in the world for Elche to suffer defeat in the Copa as now the Ilicitanos can focus on only the Segunda which they sit atop in first with 12 points. They welcome in a Sporting side desperate to claim its first win of the season but it won’t come at the Martinez Valero. Carles Gil is a game time decision but still Fran Escriba has his boys flying. HOME WIN.
Carlos Terrazas was hailed as a genius right around this time last year as Guadalajara occupied some of the top spots in the Segunda standings in their first ever year in the division de plata. But now Terrazas could be facing his firing if his Manchego outfit can’t get a result in Almeria. The Andalusians are probably still licking their wounds following that loss to Sabadell so the feeling here is that Leo Ulloa and Charles take out their aggressions on the ‘colista’ and possibly see Terrazas lose his job. HOME WIN
Mirandes continued their stellar Copa playing ways grabbing a win over Recreativo in the midweek and now they return to Segunda action with a visit to Murcia. Murcia themselves just played Recre falling in Huelva last week. I was all set to call this a draw due to Mirandes’ steadily improving play but the decision to sanction Mirandes boss Carlos Pouso six games due to conduct in the Copa win versus Recre could very well have a negative effect on this weekend’s contest. I’ll go HOME WIN.
Well cheers to Cordoba manager Rafael Berges who just received a contract extension until 2014 which suggests he’ll still be at the helm in two years. The prospect of any Segunda coach still managing the same club for even more than 18 months is all but impossible but good for Berges anyways who has done a nice job. Too bad for him his first game with that new deal will be at the Santo Domingo where it’s hard for anyone to get a result. Alcorcon should take care of business here. HOME WIN.
Not anticipating too many problems this weekend for the Baby Blaugrana as Barcelona B host newly promoted Ponferradina. The visitors are probably still on cloud nine after their Copa win over Villarreal but will come back to earth in the Mini Estadi. HOME WIN.
Esteban Vigo is another coach facing the firing line as his Xerez team has been under-performing. They host a Numancia side that could very well deliver the knockout blow to the azulinos who have lost three straight. ROAD WIN.
I guess you could say Lugo has been the newly-promoted darling that seems to emerge every year. You know the team that has overachieved and impressed everyone with their play. And why not? You have to respect a club that is financially sound, actually pays its players and staff and has a good, unwavering fan base. You could say the same for Huesca on the financial front and even though there were just a few fans last week saying ‘Fabri, jodete!’ in the Racing game at home. Let’s all applaud for two clubs who actually follow the rules of the game on the balance sheets. DRAW.
We conclude with the Sunday nooner as Girona host Las Palmas. Girona were darn close to sneaking out of the Rico Perez with a result but fell to Hercules nonetheless. Meanwhile Las Palmas were upended at home versus Alcorcon. You know the drill. Las Palmas away ususally means HOME WIN.
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