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MATCHDAY 29: THE PERFECT WEEKEND FOR DEPOR

20 Mar 2012
Depor clinched a calmed victory at home and saw how the distance over the pursuers has been increased; the match at the Riazor also influenced at the bottom of the standings as the loss put CD Alcoyano back into relegation.

Oltra’s Deportivo was the big winner of the weekend; The Galicians were one of the only two top teams in the league that achieved a victory during the matchday and saw how their lead has been extended. The Galicians clinched their third largest win on the season as they passed over CD Alcoyano at the Riazor (3-0).

RC Celta, meanwhile, had a poor game and was beaten by UD Las Palmas (1-3); it was their first loss in 2012. The club from Vigo was the last club at Segunda that lost a game during the new year; neither positive was the weekend for Real Valladolid; the violet team had a great chance to approach the second place, but it could only add a tasteless draw hosting direct rival UD Almeria (1-1).

Elche CF was also surprised suffering a big loss during the visit to promotion aspirant CD Numancia (0-3). Also, Córdoba CF could only add a point during its visit to Villarreal B (1-1). Meanwhile the other top team that won its game on this matchday was Hércules CF, side that clinched its biggest triumph of the season crushing relegation-troubled CD Guadalajara (5-0).

 Now Depor lives a pleasant situation, having a five-point gap over second place RC Celta plus an eleven-point difference over third place Real Valladolid, all of this with only thirteen matchdays remaining on the schedule.

Hércules is now fourth, one point behind Real Valladolid, though only one point  above both UD Almeria and Córdoba CF. AD Alcorcón wasted a great opportunity to reach the seventh position as it lost visiting Barcelona B (2-3).  UD Las Palmas is tied in points with CD Numancia after adding three straight victories, but now faces a tough calendar facing several of the top teams.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

1

Deportivo

63

50

29

2

Celta

58

55

27

3

Valladolid

52

43

26

4

Hércules

51

35

24

5

Álmeria

50

49

34

6

Córdoba

50

33

25

7

Elche

46

43

33

8

Alcorcón

44

38

31

9

Numancia

43

38

32

10

Las Palmas

43

40

38

The match at the Riazor was also crucial at the bottom zone, because the loss of CD Alcoyano put the Valencian team at the relegation zone for the third time on the season. The match also cost the job to coach David Porras, who was sacked on Monday. The winner of the weekend was SD Huesca, side that clinched a huge 2-1 win over direct rival Girona CF; the Aragonians have just lived three weeks outside the pit and they are surely enjoying the moment.

FC Cartagena still falling from the sky where it was living at the beginning of this season; on this opportunity they suffered a painful 1-3 loss at home before last place Gimnástic Tarragona; it was just the fourth victory on the season for the Catalans.

The situation remains tight in the fight for survival; only eight points are separating last place Gimnástic Tarragona from 18th spot SD Huesca, with both CD Guadalajara and Villarreal B still monitoring the situation as any distraction could put them back inside the trouble.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

17

Guadalajara

32

30

51

18

Huesca

29

32

45

19

Alcoyano

27

30

48

20

Cartagena

24

19

41

21

Girona

23

33

47

22

Gimnástic

21

22

38

MATCHDAY 31: MEETINGS AT BOTH CORNERS
First to all to clarify that matchday 30 has been rescheduled to May; it was going to be played in midweek, but la liga moved it as the condition to play was to have any Segunda club qualified to the final in Copa Del Rey. Matchday 31 presents an interesting scene as there are three meetings between clubs searching for Primera facing teams trying to avoid Segunda B.

These three matches are: fourth place Hércules CF hosts last spot Gimnástic Tarragona; runners-up RC Celta visits relegation-troubled SD Huesca, while Xérez CD, club that’s only nine points over the pit, hosts seventh place Elche CF.

At the same time there are two direct confrontations at the top; the first is the visit of sixth place Córdoba CF to the Riazor in order to face leaders Deportivo; it’s the second time on the second round in which the Galicians face a team among the top-seven positions.  Meanwhile, third place Real Valladolid visits promotion aspirant CD Numancia, side that only lost one match at home (0-2 Vs. RC Celta).

Fifth place UD Almeria also has a tough match as it visits UD Las Palmas; the Canarians are on fire and want to boost their promotion aspirations as they are just seven points under the playoffs positions. Finally, there’s a direct confrontation at the bottom as FC Cartagena hosts Girona CF, two clubs that lost on the weekend and that are already facing every game as a final.

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