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The good ol’ vote of confidence… If there ever was a sign that your tenure as manager of a football club was coming to an end, it would be a backing and vote of confidence from the club president and board. Such was the case this week for the beleaguered Esteban Vigo whose Xerez side has now gone 13 weeks since a win. Vigo met with club offcials and later noted that he was confident the team would shake their malaise and that the meeting has made him stronger. That’s nice and all but now you have to go play and for a team that has very little, escaping relegation looks doubtful. On Sunday they head to Soria to play Numancia who are struggling themselves. Still, they are better than Xerez. HOME WIN.


“I am disgusted with the training,” said Murcia manager Onesimo Sanchez earlier this week after his team failed to show any committment or concentrations during a midweek session. Now it’s off to Miranda de Ebro to face Mirandes who have climbed out of the drop and are playing decent futbol. Hard to believe it was a year ago that Mirandes were the toast of Spain. “It still gives me goosebumps,” said Pablo Diego Maradona Infante a few days ago. But now ‘permanencia’ is Mirandes’ goal and they appear to be headed in the right direction. HOME WIN.


Two teams at different ends of the table but both on the rise meet Saturday in La Mancha as Guadalajara host Almeria. Guada left the Mini Estadi with a big 0-1 win last week while Almeria continue to lay their claim to second place. This should be good. DRAW.


Back at the beginning of the season Huesca tallied four goals in a 2-4 win at Lugo which now seems like quite the feat when you consider Lugo’s good form at home. But both teams are still smarting from losses last weekend, especially Lugo who lost at home to Sporting that saw Seoane get sent off after saying, “me cago en tu puta madre” to the ref. Huesca were losers last week at Racing so naturally this one should end scoreless. DRAW.


Two teams red hot will mee in Alicante as Hercules wlecome in nearby Villarreal. The Submarino have played their way back into the playoff mix in 2013 with some key additions and newfound strength under coach Marcelino while Portillo has led the charge out of the basement for Hercules. The Hercules story is a fantastic one. They were truly left for dead but a complete 180 degree turn has seem them regain the form they showed last year. Sorry Submarino fans. Going with a HOME WIN here.


Once again all it takes for Ponferradina to get back in the playoff race is a win, and to boot this one is at home . However their opponent is Barcelona B who are likely to be hopping mad after last week’s stunning home loss to Guada. Dangerous game here for Ponfe as I don’t see Barca B dropping two in a row. AWAY WIN.


This week the Canal Plus show ‘El Dia Despues’ did a segment on Alcorcon and gave an inside look at their locker room during thr pregame, halftime and postgame. It was fun stuff but what would be even more intriguing is them putting a camera in the Alcorcon match during an away fixture. As excellent as Alcorcon have been at home, they’ve been miserable on the road. This week they head to Cordoba who continue to play well and are also looking like last year’s playoff squad again. HOME WIN.


Back in the first half of the season it was Sabadell who started to deal Real Madrid Castilla the problems that would plague them for a good chunk of the season. After being behind 2-0, the Catalans came back and won 2-3 at the death and now these two get together in Catalunya yet again. Sabadell were walloped last week by Almeria while Castilla slipped past a poor Xerez. Gut feeling here says it’s a HOME WIN.


Boy oh boy… Am I feeling plucky. Downright full of verve I tell ya. Recreativo-Racing has me thinking upset. Well, the way Recre has been playing it really can’t be deemed a big upset but Racing have been dreadful all year just until the last few weeks where hope has arisen which included a 1-0 win over Huesca last week.Can they make it three in a row? Yes! AWAY WIN.


Sporting are surely feeling great about themselves after winning at the Anxo Carro last week in Lugo but now the league leaders come to town on Sunday. Elche, meanwhile, dropped points for the first time at home, a ‘toque of atencion’ if you will for the Ilicitanos who still boast a very healthy lead at the top of the table. No reason why their form can’t come back. AWAY WIN.


We conclude with two teams trying to get back the good vibes of the late fall as Las Palmas host Girona out on the islands. Both teams are really hungry for wins, the Pio Pio so they can leap back into the playoff chase and Girona so they can get back into the mix for the second spot. Sometimes being a bit too naxious will yield only rushed performances. A castigo of sorts for both. DRAW.




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