There are certain things in life that just can’t go on forever. Eventually cycles or streaks have to end. Everyone seems to be proclaiming that we are witnessing the end of Barcelona’s reign over Spanish and European competition. That’s fine and all, but a much more significant streak of domination ended last weekend and frankly, I’m still not over it. For the first time in six years and a whopping 29 penalty kicks, Huesca’s Juanjo Camacho missed. It pains me just to type that. He missed. He finally missed. The man who I (unsuccessfully) lobbied to be included on Spain’s 2012 Euro squad just because of his ace penalty taking showed that he was indeed merely a mortal when his penalty was topped by Girona GK Dani Mallo went to his left and stopped Camacho’s effort. Not only did his streak stop but it helped earn Girona a massive three points while relegation-threatened Huesca failed to get a crucial away point. Huesca look to dust themselves off this weekend but they have to do it against a got Villarreal side who beat Sporting last week. The Submarino are playing their best futbol of the seaosn right now. Hard to bet against them. AWAY WIN.
As for Girona, it was a massive win last week for Girona whose form has slipped of late. Now the Catalans hit the road and face Recreativo in Huelva. The Decano put forth a brave effort in the Santo Domingo but left with a loss at Alcorcon. Have a feeling here that the long trip for Girona will take a toll. HOME WIN.
Well, well, well. Quite possibly the upset of the year in the Segunda happened last weekend with Mirandes defeating Elche in the Martinez Valero. Didn’t expect that to happen. But good for Mirandes for getting such a big win. it’ll do wonders for their confidence. They are back at home and host the always road-weary Alcorcon. I’ll take a HOME WIN here.
As for Elche, you have to think they are still smarting about that loss. They’ll be missing a couple center backs when they visit Numancia this weekend. Xumetra said this week that they feel ‘picados’ ater their Mirandes loss. In Soria they’ll rectify that. AWAY WIN.
Barcelona B won a ‘partido de locos’ over Cordoba last week, 4-3, which isn’t new considering that most ‘partido de locos’ involve the Baby Blaugrana. Kinda ironic that all seven goals were scored in the final 35 minutes. Barca B almost coughed up a late 4-1 lead and held on. Now they head to Gijon to face an improved Sporting side. Despite the Villarreal loss, I like how Sporting is playing. They’ll be rewarded. HOME WIN.
Cordoba are in big danger of losing sight of the playoff chase and they could use a win this weekend. Only problem is that they face a very good Almeria side that lost a thriller against Las Palmas. So basically you have two teams meeting who are coming off being on the wrong ends of a tense high-scoring match. I think a DRAW would suit both.
Speaking of Las Palmas, just go ahead and call them the new cardiac kids. After finding a 94th minute equaliser two weeks ago, last week it was another stoppage time strike, but this time enough to pick up all three points as they defeated Almeria. The Pio Pio jumped ahead early 0-2 only to see Almeria storm back only to then see Las Palmas bag the late winner. A home date with Real Madrid Castilla is on the docket. I’ll go HOME WIN.
You might think I’m crazy but Ponferradina-Guadalajara could be the best match of the weekend. Ponfe continue to defy the skeptics and won at Sabadell last week. No easy feat there. Guadalajara continued their renaissance with a 0-1 win at Xerez. The fact of the matter is that Guada are going to be competitive in any match that they play from here on out. That much is know. I know Ponfe is at home but Carlos Terrazas has done wonders this season. A DRAW here.
Racing are four points off salvation as Mirandes sit at 34 points in 18th while Racing, in the final relegation spoit in 19th, are at 30. Lucky for the Sardinero faithful that Xerez is this weekend’s visitor. HOME WIN.
Murcia-Lugo. Murcia need all three here to avoid getting sucked into the relegation race. They face Lugo who looked pretty lackluster last week at home against Numancia. HOME WIN.
Hercules-Sabadell could very well be Hercules’ last shot at staying up this season. Currently eight points off Mirandes, the alicantinos have to win this weekend in order to stay within striking distance. This week Hercules’ Pamarot said that “the referees are ‘perjudicando’ us.” No, I’m fairly certain that Spanish referees are not getting together and figuring out weekly how they can screw over Hercules. How bout playing better futbol? That might help. Hercules faces a wounded Sabadell on Sunday. Gut check for the Catalans after that bad Ponfe loss. AWAY WIN.
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