Some clarity has come to the Segunda table, especially when it comes to promotion. Elche can actually stamp their ticket to the Primera with a win and if Girona and Alcorcon fail to win over the weekend. The Ilicitanos effusively celebrated last weekend’s win at Villarreal and with good reason. It was a Primera-esque effort in a 2-3 win. Now they host Barca B with a return to the promised land in reach HOME WIN.
However, a Girona loss doesn’t look too terribly likely. The Catalans play host to Segunda B-bound Xerez. The azulino were relegated last week and with zero to play for, on top of being a poor team, they should be no match for a Girona side with everything to gain. HOME WIN.
The real big one in the Segunda this weekend is Sunday’s Alcorcon-Villarreal fixture. Those teams sit 3rd and 4th respectively and in light of Girona’s opponent, whoever loses this could be four or five points behind by the time the weekend concludes. Both teams are coming off tough 3-2 losses as Alcorcon were edged by the aforementioned Girona. There’s been plenty of talk from both camps this week about the importance of winning, so don’t expect anyone to play for a draw here. That helps no one. Interesting note that Alcorcon striker Oriol Riera has been signed to play at Getafe next year. Distraction? Probably not. Alcorcon are so good at home but I think an experienced Villarreal side could prove to be a difference here. Call it a hunch. AWAY WIN.
Almeria are very much still in the mix with 62 points and in fifth place as they head to Galicia to face the always tricky Lugo. Lugo are winless in their last five while Almeria have just three points out of their last five matches. A draw here for Almeria wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world while a point pushes Lugo to the magical 50 point plateau and likely survival from relegation. DRAW.
Mid-table gloriousness in its finest form on Saturday when Sporting host Cordoba. Cordoba have a very outside shot at the playoffs but let’s be honest. That ain’t happening. As for Sporting, this presents a perfect chance to break a three match losing streak that ended their hopes at the playoffs. Sandoval will make it happen. HOME WIN.
Seven and five points above the drop, respectively, Numancia and Guadalajara do battle on Saturday in Soria. Both teams still need a few results to ensure ‘permanencia’ and a DRAW would help with that.
Huesca really couldn’t have faced a worse opponent at this moment than Las Palmas. Our favorite Segunda team from Aragon is running out fo chances and with the Pio Pio coming to town, the odds of getting all three are unlikely. Las Palmas are desperate to hang on to that final playoff spot as Ponferradina continue to hang around and not go away. A mere two points is the difference there. Fun fact is that Las Palmas have never won in Huesca. DRAW.
Ponfe could very well be in a tie with Las Palmas for sixth but they have to go to Mirandes and grab all three if they want to make that happen. With Murcia chomping at their heels just two points back in the drop, Mirandes need the points just as badly here. This is really a make or break point for Ponferradina’s playoff hopes. A win and a possible Las Palmas pinchazo and you’ve got a genuine playoff dogfight the rest of the way. let’s have some fun. AWAY WIN.
Speaking of Murcia, they are home to permanencia safe Sabadell and need a win badly. Murcia need to be wary though because sometimes these teams who are thinking of beaches and golf courses can come out and play some free-flowing futbol. Meanwhile, Murcia is feeling a little tight after last week’s loss to Real Madrid Castilla. “It’s all about out home performance” said Murcia boss Onesimo Sanchez. Bad scene here. AWAY WIN.
Racing continue their march to relegation as they host Castilla. The Baby Moudrilenos have been up and down all season long which should surprise no one. But Racing have been a disaster. Technically Racing are alive but mentally this team looks Segunda B-ish. AWAY WIN.
We conclude with Recreativo hosting Hercules. The alicantinos have dug their way out of the drop in 2013 and are now four points above the relegation zone. A win in Huelva would all but seal permanencia. The boys from Huelva are pretty much safe, their usual 13th place finish now just a mere formality. DRAW.
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