FRIDAY 9TH MARCH, 2018:
20:00 CD TENERIFE (12TH) V REAL OVIEDO (6TH)
Week 30 of La Segunda opens tonight with a clash between CD Tenerife and Real Oviedo. This is a match that best demonstrates how tight the division is, as only six points separate the hosts in twelfth place and the visitors in sixth. In fact, points amassed is not the only way in which these two sides display similarities. Both have enjoyed stronger home form than on their travels and have only managed three wins apiece away from their own grounds.
Tenerife have put together a rich vein of form lately, picking up ten points from a possible fifteen, scoring almost 2.5 goals per match in this period. Italian loanee Samuele Longo leads the team scoring charts for Jose Exteberria’s men with 11 goals, but fellow frontman Juan Villar has found the net six times in the last five matches so he will be a danger man to watch too. They continue to be without the services of French defender Samuel Camille as he recovers from a thigh injury sustained in February, although he should not be sidelined for very much longer.
In contrast, Real Oviedo have found it tough sledding of late. Having lost only twice in their previous 15 contests, they enter this face-off winless in the last four. As with their opponents tonight, away form has let them down and balances out a fantastic record at the Carlos Tartiere where they have lost just once this campaign. They are certainly better value than sixth position lets on.
For Jorge Menendez Vallina’s side, their man to watch is midfielder Saul Berjon who is second in the league overall in assists and has pitched in with 5 goals meaning Los Azules will look to get him involved at every opportunity.
In terms of outcome for tonight, one would expect Real Oviedo would run out easy winners given their substantial league placing over Tenerife. However, nothing can be taken at face value in the Segunda this year and there is little between the two teams in real terms. The crucial factor here is the disparity between both sides’ home and away records. With the match being played in Santa Cruz tonight, that plays into the hands of Los Chicharerros and they should have just enough to see them over the line tonight.
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