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With the holidays approaching it only makes sense that time-honored traditions come back into the fold. Our friends at Marca have done just that, evoking the Seinfeld ‘Festivus’ episode that includes the ‘Airing of Grievances’. In this case, 10 grievances in all toward the club that has done such a remarkable job of screwing this up in Cantabria, and I’m barely referring to Fabri’s work this season. I am of course talking about Racing. Some of my favorites include exorbitant fees for players and over 250,000 euros spent on a friendly that never happened. My wife would love these people in the way they spend money. Anyhow, this has all made for a disastrous Segunda campaign for Racing as Fabri’s gang heads to the capital to take on Real Madrid Castilla on Sunday. Several of Toril’s boys got to play for Uncle Jose in the midweek including 17 year old Jose Rodriguez who had his floppy hair tussled by the Special One before entering the game. (“Gee, Uncle Jose sure is alot more fun to play for than daddy Toril.”) Like the Baby Blaugrana stars again, it will be interesting to see if the Baby Moudrilenos have any type of comedown. They’ve struggled lately scoring but then again Racing have struggled defending. A little squirmy here but I’ll go HOME WIN.

 

There’s a big ol’ logjam in the middle of the Segunda table with about seven teams in the 22 to 23 point area. Two of those meet on Saturday in Catalunya as Sabadell host Murcia. Sabadell were nicked last week at Numancia while Murcia played to a 0-0 draw with Castilla, but only have five points in their last six matches. This one has the feel of a DRAW coming.

 

Third person alert! Third person alert! Sadly it is Villarreal manager Julio Velazquez guilty of the crime. The Submarino boss went third party while speaking to the media ahead of his side’s tilt with Alcorcon on Sunday saying, “What’s imprtant is not Julio Velzaquez, but Alcorcon.” He’s right of course but dude… Really? Third person? Hate that. But to the game, Villarreal played tough last week in Elche but fell 1-0. However Alcorcon haven’t been the world-beaters at home as they have been on the road so I think an inspired effort carries Villarreal to the three points. HOME WIN.

 

Las Palmas are absolutely en fuego right now, especially at home, and I see no reason to go against them. Huesca are on the islands to visit and ironically have never lost in the Estadio Gran Canaria in four visits. But, Juanjo Camacho is out so who in the world would take a penalty for the guests? No matter, Vitolo continues to add to his goal total. The Pio Pio cruise. HOME WIN.

 

It’s been a tough two week stretch for Girona who have fallen from first place (albeit it was temporarily for a night) down to fourth after back-to-back losses to Elche and Alcorcon. Gut check this weekend as they head to the Estadio Chapin to face an improved Xerez. Rubi wasn’t thrilled with his side’s second half in Alcorcon and the players have admitted the blame. Expect a bounce back. ROAD WIN.

 

The league leaders Elche head to Barcelona this weekend for a tasty encounter with Barcelona B. Several of the Barca B youngsters got a run-out in the midweek Champions League draw with Benfica, and will surely be up for a visit from the Ilicitanos. Something’s gotta give as goal-happy Barca B will take on a very stingy Elche defense. I usually go with defense but I think the Baby Blaugrana will muscle one into the back of the net. 1-1 sounds good. DRAW.

 

One victory in their last seven matches is the cross Lugo is having to bear at the moment and heading down south to Andalucia to face second place Almeria ain’t gonna be easy. Charles bagged a hat trick last week as Almeria continue to be steady, although the question marks in defense remain. Lugo will score, but Almeria will score more. HOME WIN.

 

Three matches is the current unbeaten streak that Hercules has in its pocket and damn if there isn’t another chance to extend that on Sunday against a Recreativo side that is struggling mightily. Hercules have turned to their canteranos to make a difference, mainly because so many first team players are suspended or injured, and it has yielded some positive results. Still not ready to pick Hercules to actually win but a point here would be beneficial for both sides. DRAW.

 

Pretty good battle set down in La Mancha on Sunday as Guadalajara host Numancia. This is not the Guadalajara we saw back in the fall that couldn’t get a result to save their life. Seems that Carlos Terrazas has righted the ship some and now they have a big test versus a Numancia team who comes in with a five match unbeaten run. Suddenly Numancia are scoring tons of goals and if they can grab away wins to couple with their fine home form in the winter months, they can make a nice run toward the top. Tough call here but I’ll go ROAD WIN in a squeaker.

 

Never would have thought that at this stage of the season that a Ponferradina win against Mirandes would put the Bercianos in the playoff fold, but that is exactly the case as Ponfe contue their dream season back in the Segunda. While Mirandes played to a ho-hum draw last weekend, Ponfe grabbed another road win as Yuri scored again. That’s the Yuri who just happens to share the Pichichi race with his cousin Charles, the striker at Almeria. Pretty cool, eh? Gimme Ponfe at home please. HOME WIN.

 

The excitement of facing Barcelona in the Copa may have swallowed up Cordoba last week when they fell at Las Palmas 2-0. Rafa Berges’ crew returns home on Sunday where they will do battle with Jose Ramon Sandoval’s Sporting who can’t seem to get anything going. Cordoba are always strong at home but last time out they somehow lost to Hercules. Sporting are starting to get a little desperate so call it a hunch but I think Sandoval gets a big win here. ROAD WIN.

 

 

 

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