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I think at this stage of the Segunda season we can all just conclude that the second automatic promotion spot won’t be decided until the season’s final week, most likely in the final minute. It’s been a logjam all season long and shows no promise of bulging. Alcorcon, Girona, Villarreal, Almeria and Las Palmas. Those are the five vying for one. A mere five points separates them which is frankly astonishing.


Las Palmas has the easiest road this week as they head to Xerez. Credit at least to the azulino who made Elche work some last week, with the Ilicitanos emerging 2-1 winners. Pio Pio takes this one. AWAY WIN.


Another supposed slam dunk is Villarreal hosting Racing. Just when Racing thought they were climbing out of the drop, they reeled themselves back in with a home loss versus Girona. Submarino are coming off a 1-1 draw at Murcia. HOME WIN.


Also liking Girona to hold serve at home on Saturday against Lugo. Gutty win for the Catalans in Santander last week and they hold on to their slim lead in second. HOME WIN.


Huesca fans will be filling three buses to travel to Guadalajara on Saturday in what will be a pivotal relegation clash against the manchegos. Guada are at 41 points and in a fairly comfortable spot while Huesca are still mired in the drop, but can climb out of that with a win. Still, Guada shows plenty of mettle at home. HOME WIN.


Ya know, if Sporting keep winning, there’s no reason why they can’t edge their way into playoff contention. A win on Saturday in El Bierzo versus Ponferradina would be huge… What a story that would be to have Sandoval make a late charge and grab a playoff berth. I want that drama. AWAY WIN.


Almeria-Numancia should also go the way of the Andalusians, so if you are counting at home, that means all four of the five second place contenders are destined to win this weekend, so says I. HOME WIN.


That takes us next to Alcorcon-Elche. Alcorcon manager Pepe Bordalas faces his old team in a big on on Saturday at the Santo Domingo. Elche have not been nearly as impressive in the second half fo the season but no matter to them, they are still cruising to promotion. As for Alcorcon, cracks are starting to show in what was the seemingly invincible Santo Domingo. The two ‘ings’ have each grabbed wins there this year, Racing the last to do it two weeks ago. This should be a tight one. I’ll go DRAW.


Mirandes would love three points on the road at Real Madrid Castilla but I’m not seeing that. Mirandes will be dragged back into the drop by the end of the weekend. Going HOME WIN here.


Murcia are the team in danger of dropping into the relegation zone as they are a mere one point above Hercules in 18th. Unfortunately for Murcia they pay a visit to Catalunya to face Barca B which is the exact opposite team you want to face when fighting relegation. HOME WIN.


A Hercules win would likely see the alicantinos emerge from the depths of the relegation which would be amazing. They do battle with Cordoba in Alicante this weekend. Have to give credit to Hercules for never giving up and turning their season around in January. HOME WIN.


Note: Sabadell-Recreativo was played Friday…. which I just discovered. Ooops. They played to a 1-1 final. So, going out on a limb and calling a DRAW in that one. hah!




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