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If I am not mistaken, this is the first final alert of 2013 that we have in the Segunda and frankly, I’m a little surprised it has taken this long. The team in question is bottom feeder Racing who host Cordoba on Saturday. Racing have just one win in their last ten matches while Cordoba have kept a clean sheet in their last three. Cordoba have played very well since their Copa loss to Barca while Racing has looked awful for pretty much the entire season. But a funny hunch here says that Quini scores his first goal for the Santander side and Racing come away with a HOME WIN.


They are not in the desperate straits as Racing, But Villarreal sure could use a win in the return of the Friday nighter as they host Sabadell. Marcelino makes his debut in front of the home fans and just about anything will be an improvement over last week’s 5-0 debacle at Real Madrid Castilla. Key note here is that Fernando Cavengahi has been dropped per coach’s decision. Is the Argentine on his way out? Maybe. But for now the tougher hurdle is a confident Sabadell bunch who have won their last two and risen to seventh. A loss here would make for an ugly scene at El Madrigal but I think the Cavenaghi has sent a message and for this week it gets through. HOME WIN.


“A dove can s*** and each one falls on Xerez.” Those poetic words were spoken by Xerez midfielder Rafa Garcia about the state of things for the azulino. Barely teetering above the drop zone, Xerez are back at home and face second place Almeria. There really is nothing to suggest that Xerez can win this. Almeria want to lock down the other automatic promotion place. I’ll go AWAY WIN.


Andy Pando was the leading scorer in the Peruvian league and now he is taking his game to Las Palmas having joined the Pio Pio. It’s an intriguing signing and one that signals to Las Palmas fans that the team is going for promotion so bravo to them. Las Palmas head to Galicia this week to face Lugo who are always difficult at their home ground. Lugo felt all great about themselves after winning at Ponferradina two weeks ago but then were slapped around last week at Hercules. Las Palmas are better but a DRAW here would be a good result for the Pio Pio.


Sporting continue to sputter while Murcia just can’t seem to get out of their own way. Just by the looks of this one you have to feel a DRAW is coming.


Numancia are back at home in Soria on Sunday as they host Huesca at the Pajaritos. Huesca spent part of their week training in a snowstorm which in many instances would prepare them for a visit to Soria. However upon looking at the forecast, a balmy high of 42 (Fahrenheit… I’m an American. I use Fahrenheit. Apologies to Celsius lovers) is expected. Numancia picked up just one point in their last two, both on the road so they’ll be keen to replicate their form from their last home match, a 3-0 win over Las Palmas. HOME WIN.


Mirandes surprised the heck out of me last week winning at Huesca and now they are back at Anduva to host Recreativo. Mirandes haven’t won two game sin a row all season long so don’t expct them to do so either. Recre finally won last week. Two in a row? Not them either. I’ll go DRAW here.


Girona-Guadalajara certainly offers up the most intriguing match-up of the weekend. Go back to when these two played back in September and you’ll note that was the first of Girona’s manitas that they layed on teams in the first half. But that was a much different Guadalajara team. Now the Manchegos are playing good futbol, have a solid goalkeeper and Carlos Terrazas has it all clicking. Meanwhile Girona have just two goals in their last three games and haven’t won in their last four. You better believe that Terrazas wants some vengeance. I say they get it. Upset special. AWAY WIN.


Well, well, well… The derbi alicantino is back as Elche and Hercules meet yet again. This time they sqaure off on the home ground of the Ilicitanos. It’s been windy all week in that part of Spain and Saturday should be no different so that coukd be a factor. Some of the scuttlebutt this week is that Manchester United’s Federico Macheda could be on his way to Elche which would be a whale of a signing. I like Macheda and think he could help alot. Also helping Elche is that Edu Albacar is back. But don’t count out Hercules. The former fiesteros are fighting like hell in this new year and I like it alot. Portillo can’t stop scoring. Can they pull off a monster upset? That might be asking for too much but I say they do get a result. DRAW.


Alcorcon-Ponferradina. Ponfe are still struggling in 2013 although the draw last week versus Elche was promising. As for Alcorcon, the last two matches on the road have been awful, both ending in losses so a return home to the Santo Domingo should lift spirits. HOME WIN.


We end with the Mini-Clasico! Yes, with another two El Clasicos looming thanks to the Copa del Rey the mini-clasico may be slightly overshadowed which is a shame since it should be another excellent match. Castilla won the first match back in the fall but Barca B have improved trememendously since then. As for Castilla, they did get back to winning with their victory over Villarreal but they’ll find the going tougher on Sunday. Expecting a full crowd at the Mini Estadi. HOME WIN.



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