Real Betis – At. Osasuna (Benito Villamarín, 12pm) Sunday’s action kicks off with a clash between two traditional Liga BBVA sides currently plying their trade in the Liga Adelante, where they are enjoying contrasting fortunes; the Andalusians are top of the table, while the Navarra side hoover just three points above the relegation zone.
Pepe Mel spoke about defending top spot in his pre-match press conference: "The first time we did so was at home to CD Leganés and that game didn’t go well for us. That was a good warning, a good lesson to learn". The Betis boss also referred to the importance of this encounter: "we have to take this game very seriously as we approach the final straight".
SD Ponferradina – CD Leganés (El Toralín, 4pm) A fixture between two teams with a common goal, securing sixth place and thus the last of the playoff spots. The home team trail the playoff places by two points, while Asier Garitano’s charges are five points off their target. The Madrid outfit’s coach spoke about the difficulty the upcoming opponents pose: "they are a well-drilled team that play well and have a lot of experience in this division".
Recreativo, FC Barcelona B and Racing will be looking for wins in order to climb towards safety
He also talked about how his players need to approach this game: "We have to really be up for this and get stuck in if we are to have any chance. The footballing atmosphere is always great so it’s no coincidence that only two sides have managed to come away from there with anything".
R. Sporting – FC Barcelona B (El Molinón, 5pm)
The Abelardo Fernández-led team play hosts to the azulgrana reserves, who are currently going through dark times as they find themselves bottom of the table. The Asturians are second in the table and sit just two points behind the Liga Adelante forerunners, Betis.
The Gijon outfit's boss spoke about the difficult situation the upcoming rivals currently find themselves in: "they are playing for their lives, for their survival". He also referred to the importance of this clash: "From now on all our games are finals".
CD Numancia – RC Recreativo (Nuevo Estadio de Los Pajaritos, 6:15pm) Numancia, with safety more or less wrapped up in the division, where they are tenth with 42 points, take on the Huelva side, which with 29 points currently find themselves third from bottom and three points off safety. Meanwhile, José Domínguez will be making his managerial debut for the Andalusians.
The Portuguese man assessed the upcoming rivals: "We are up against a tough and well-drilled team that handle dead ball situations masterfully. We will need to avoid committing any fouls near our box because they are very dangerous from that range".
CD Tenerife – R. Zaragoza (Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, 7pm) Zaragoza will be putting the in-form Raúl Agné side to the test following the Canary Islanders’ seven-match streak of picking up points. Zaragoza need a win if they are to hold onto sixth place.
"This is a demanding club, with a great name and an extensive history. Having that level of expectancy is a good thing because it is great to have people wanting you to do well. It means that the fans believe we have a chance so we need to show what we are capable of ", is how Ranko Popović talked about the expectations he has of his team.
The matchday comes to an end with two direct clashes between Ponferradina vs. Leganés and Alcorcón vs. Alavés
Climbing out of the relegation zone is the main aim for the Cantabrians. In order to do so they must overcome one of the division’s most in-form sides, Llagostera. The Catalans have not been beaten for two months, a run of results that has seen them move as high as eighth in the table.
AD Alcorcón – D. Alavés (Santo Domingo, 9pm) Alcorcón and Alavés bring a close to the Liga Adelante matchday 32 action with a mid-table clash between two teams level on 41 points. The home side have gone six games undefeated but will be without Rubén Sanz and Álvaro Rey. Alberto López, the Basque outfit’s coach, will have to make do without Ion Vélez, Toti, Xabier Castillo and Rafa García.
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