This irregular scheduling of Friday night Segunda games is starting to grate on me because one week when I think there is a Friday night Segunda game there actually isn’t one and then of course vice-versa like today. But no complaints about there actually being Segunda futbol though and it should be a fairly good one with Lugo welcoming in Real Madrid Castilla. Interestingly enough for these two newly-promoted teams, this was a match-up played last year with Castilla riding high to a 1-5 win in Galicia. Both squads ae likely to avoid the drop back to the Segunda B this season and both sides are coming into this one with wins. Lugo stunned Almeria last week in Andalucia while Castilla sent Fabri packing from Racing with a 4-0 whoopin’. Friday night games have a tendency to be lethargic contests and many times end in 0-0 affairs. Despite their goalscoring prowess this season, Castilla don’t actually score that much away from home. Four goals in Guadalajara make the average seem a tad higher. As for Lugo, yes, they play well at home even though the last two outings have been losses, but they don’t score a lot at home either. Former Madrid man Oscar Diaz will be motivated to go against his old club so I kinda like a low-scoring one here. Diaz bags the game’s only score and it ends with a HOME WIN.
So in the midweek Cordoba had the thrill of facing Barcelona and for all intents and purposes handled themselves well. It’s back to Segunda action for the verdiblancos and a trip to Huesca. Antonio Calderon is out as Huesca manager and in the interim steps Angel Royo. ‘New manager, assured win’ is the old refrain, but then again this is Huesca at home we are talking about. A tired Cordoba will be without Renella while Royo wll be happy with a point in his debut. DRAW.
I kinda like what I am seeing out of new Racing manager Jose Auerlio Gay. He is trying to inject a better spirit into the team (what, Fabri wasn’t like that?) and meeting with the players one-on-one once he took the job was a good move. Racing host Sabadell in the Sunday nooner and I think you’ll see some guys really flying trying to get on the good side of the new boss. Call me crazy, but Racing gets it done. HOME WIN.
Six. That is the number of home matches in a row that Alcorcon have won and they are back in front of the faithful at the Santo Domingo on Saturday to face Barcelona B. Alcorcon are coming off their worst result of the season, a 4-0 loss at Villarreal. These are two teams who like to score plenty of goals so expect some fireworks. Until they lose, no reason to pick against the boys in yellow at home. HOME WIN.
League leaders Elche are back at home with a partidazo at hand on Sunday against second place Almeria. As noted above, Almeria were shocked last week losing to Lugo at home while the Ilicitanos picked up a point at the Mini Estadi. Elche keeper Manu Herrera declared this week that “this is the most important match of the season.” His manager Fran Escriba, disagreed saying, “It’s an important match, but not any more important than the others.” OK then. On the field things are humming along nicely for Elche but off the field things have grown dark. Turns out that the club has racked up a huge deficit, six times more than previously thought, and now members of the board are having confrontations. Also didn’t help that former manager (and current Alcorcon boss) Pepe Bordalas called Elche president Sepulcre a ‘liar’ in the mid week claiming he didn’t get paid for the remainder of his contract and bonuses that were due. Elche maintain that they will not sell any players during the winter transfer period, but don’t be too sure about that… In any event, what you wanna see is a pick and I say Escriba keeps the attention on the field in a HOME WIN.
I was joking in my Monday recap about how Murcia’s Matilla looked as if he wanted to kill the referee in last week’s match versus Sabadell. Turns out, he actually did. Among other vulgarities, Matilla said, “I’m going to kill you”, to the referee after he has whistled a last minute penalty in favor of the Catalans. For that declaration, Matilla was given a six match ban so Murcia will be Matilla-less on Saturday against rising Guadalajara. What more can you say about Carlos Terrazas? He has turned things around there at the club as shown by a 5-1 win over Numancia and climbing out of the relegation zone. I like ‘em to keep it going. ROAD WIN.
It’s a battle at the bottom as last place Mirandes host next to last Hercules. Believe it or not four matches have passed for the alicantinos without a defeat but all good things must end. Miarndes have struggled in their first season in the Segunda but they’ll handle Hercules on Sunday. HOME WIN.
His name is Yuri and he is all the rage right now in the Segunda. The Pichichi of the category with 11 goals, Yuri has led Ponferradina to within a point of the playoff spot and now the El Bierzo bunch head to Soria to take on Numancia. The weather in Soria is set for a rather mild winter day so it won’t be the normally cold chill seen in that neck of the woods. Numancia will be out to put last week’s manita loss to Guadalajara behind them. I’ll go HOME WIN.
No reason to bet against Las Palmas at this stage as the Pio Pio continue their ascension up the Segunda table. They travel down to Huelva to face a reeling Recreativo that is starving for results. A draw last week in Alicante only put a halt to a losing streak. Last win came over a month ago against Castilla so no reason to go against a Las Palmas side who haven’t lost since Jornada 9. ROAD WIN.
Should be a pretty good one up in northern Catalunya on Saturday night with Girona hosting Villarreal. The Catalans got their groove back after their mini-slump winning last week. Meanwhile the Submarino piled it on in their 4-0 win over Alcorcon. Girona’s Jandro started the mind games this week calling Villarreal the ‘Madrid or Barca of the Segunda.’ Unfortunately for the Submarino Villarreal will be without team leader Marcos Senna who is suspended. Girona boss Rubi will have a full squad available. With Almeria potentially a loser to Elche, a Girona win would put them back in secnd while three points for Villarreal would move them from fifth to third. The absence of Senna will hurt the Submarino too much. HOME WIN.
We conclude with Sporting-Xerez on Sunday, two teams in the nether-regions of the Segunda table. They have played well enough to be in the drop, but they are a result or two away from that happening. Been a long time since the Gijon outfit felt the joy of winning but a weak Xerez side may be just the remedy. HOME WIN.
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