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We hear alot about futbol teams being in financial trouble. Unfortunately, in recent years, it is a theme that has popped up all too frequently in Spain and has seen the disapearance of several clubs, inluding ones in the Segunda B. There is now the very real possibility that the economic issues at Xerez will force the dissolution of that club which would be a sad ending for a club that was just in the Primera a few years ago. This Sunday’s match against Murcia could be its last and in response to that, 400 fans came out to training on Friday to support the team. President Rafael Mateos remains hopeful but the very real possibility of a second division team having to close its doors makes one shudder. As for the match itself, Xerez, currently bottom, take on a Murcia side that held on for a scoreless draw versus Numancia while playing with ten men. Things aren’t all that honky dory in Murcia either. Just 7.000 people are attending home matches on average. A poor number for a stadium as big as the Condomina. The sentimentalist in me says Xerez wins but the realist knows better. HOME WIN.

 

Suspensions to the core ingredients of Las Palmas’ success mean a short-handed Pio Pio side takes on Barcelona B on Saturday out on the islands. Murillo, Vitolo and Thievy all have to sit due to accumulated yellows. Las Palmas have been stellar at home with eight wins and two draws but Barca B have restored some confidence after halting their three match losing streak with Deulofeu’s return. Mini-upset here. AWAY WIN.

 

Shame on me for jinxing Alcorcon. On Saturday while good friend Diego Acedo was tweeting about how everyone should follow his commentary on Marca’s ‘Marcador’, I tweeted back saying I was making a bold pick and taking Alcorcon at home versus Sporting. jajaja. Well, the jaja is on me. Alcorcon lost their first match of the seaosn at home and now head to Huesca, a team that has just now figured out how to win at home. Sorry Alcorcon. HOME WIN.

 

Elche’s march to the Primera make sits next stop down in Huelva as the Ilicitanos take on Recreativo. It has been fifteen matches since Elche lost ad they just keep humming along after last week’s win over Huesca. As for Recre, goalscorer Chuli will be a gametime decision regarding his injury. With Chuli, there’s a chance for a result. No Chuli, no chance. AWAY WIN.

 

One of the lighttowers at the Estadio Rico Perez actually broke off and fell to the ground earlier this week in Alicante just days before Hercules welcome in Almeria. Almost serves as an analogy for the whole season for Hercules. Falling off but working hard to piece together. It will be difficult to do though against the second place team in the Segunda. Almeria have distanced themselves now at little at the top putting four points between themselves and third place Girona. The important thing is that they don’t get ahead of themselves and start thinking promotion. Head coach Javi Gracia seems to be getting the message out but their away form has been slightly off of late. Going with a DRAW here.

 

Former Guadalajara man Anibal said he will not show any compassion for his ex-teammates on Sunday. That’s good news for Sabadell fans because that is where Anibal plays now. Sabadell sit in sixth and are in the playoff zone, but plenty of pursuers are waiting to see them slip. Meanwhile Guada lost a tough one at Real Madrid Castilla and will look to bounce back and put some distance between themselves and the drop. HOME WIN.

 

Cheers to Racing who pulled in a 2-0 win over Mirandes on their 100th birthday. Always nice to see a team come up big and win at home on its 100 year anniversary (*cough cough Centenariazo*). Now Racing head to Soria to take on stumbling Numancia. What’s interesting about the possible wiping out of Xerez is that only three teams would go down to the Segunda B, all of the sudden making it seem just like last year’s relegation battle due to the Villarreal situation. Racing forward Quini said he wouldn’t mind seeing Xerez go away because it would help Racing. Don’t expect the tall forward to be making any trip to southwestern Andalucia after that remark, but for now he is starting to score goals for the Cantabrians. Going with a surprise. AWAY WIN.

 

Any time I doubt or pick againt Ponferradina and end up being wrong, Marca’s Pablo Otero likes to send me a little toque de atencion. Ah yes, Pablo is from El Bierzo and is proud of his beloved Ponfe who continue to hold their steady ground in the playoff chase, despite last week’s 4-1 loss to Almeria. They welcome in the Baby Moudrilenos from Castilla. Won’t pick against Ponfe here who actually won their first meeting this season. HOME WIN.

 

Mirandes are back at home and back in the drop after losing at Racing last week. They host Lugo whose struggled away from Galicia are known. Despite their own struggles, Mirandes are still just a point away from safety. Will go HOME WIN here.

 

Should be a good one between Cordoba and Villarreal as the Submarino have wroekd their way back into the playoff zone but are level on points with their Sunday foes. Cordoba are winless in their last three but they have all been against Elche, Alcorcon and Girona; hardly creampuff city. It doesn’t get any easier versus Villarreal who will be missing suspended manager Marcelino. DRAW.

 

We round out with a Girona side who have recuperated some of the good vibes they had earlier in the year after they won 2-0 over Cordoba. They now travel to Gijon to play Sporting who pulled off that stunner in the Santo Domingo. Can they cope with that success? Maybe yes against Girona, but a gut feeling says this one is headed for a DRAW.

 

 

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