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Liga 123 Week 35 Preview: Sporting Gijon take on Valladolid

It was another whirlwind week in Liga 123, as Sporting solidified their title credentials by gaining their seventh win in a row beating Reus 2-1 at home.  Goals from Nano and Carlos Carmona in the first half were enough to see them past the plucky Catalans who replied through Jesus Olmo five minutes after the restart.

Reus have a tricky contest at home to fourth-placed Cádiz who are undefeated in their last five outings.  Sporting have an intriguing match at rivals Real Valladolid on Sunday afternoon.  Pucela dismissed their coach, Luis César Sampedro, following last week’s disappointing away defeat to Gimnàstic who scored in the 89th minute through Álvaro Vázquez to snatch all three points.

The move was immediately followed by the announcement that ex-Espanyol boss, Sergio González, will take the hot seat at the Jose Zorrilla and he will face a baptism of fire when they take on in-form Sporting while hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Tenerife continue to creep up the division and picked up their fifth win in six matches as they saw off Sevilla Atlético at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López on Sunday night.  The Andalusians had been enjoying somewhat of a mini-revival with two wins on the run but they were brought back down to earth with a bump with goals from Álex Mula and Filip Malbasic in the second half.  Joseba Exteberria’s side have kept clean sheets in their last three matches and should have no problems dispatching 19th-placed Cultural Leonesa who squeaked past hapless Barcelona B last week with an early goal from Emiliano Buendía and they held on despite the dismissal of captain Antonio Martínez.

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Huesca continue to struggle and have a busy week.  They drew 0-0 with Albacete on Thursday night in the rescheduled match following Albacete defender Pelayo’s accident.

This means that the former league-leaders have dropped to third and have not won a match in their last eight attempts.  They face Barcelona B in the Monday night match and their opponents are fairing little better at present.  Gerard’s side are on a run of three consecutive losses, following four draws in a row and have slid to 18th place.  They sit only one point off the relegation zone.

Things are looking up for Real Zaragoza again following their shock defeat at home to Sevilla Atlético a fortnight ago.  They have put together back-to-back wins but face a stern test in the shape of second-placed Rayo Vallecano who have not suffered too much from a brief hiccup where they drew, then lost and are level on points with leaders Sporting after 1-0 win at Albacete last week.  However, it took a winner four minutes from time by Raúl de Tomás to earn the three points in a less-than-convincing display by the men from Madrid.

Granada are making heavy weather under recently-appointed coach Pedro Morilla.  Since sacking José Luis Oltra in March, Granada have picked up one win in Morilla’s three matches in charge.  Last week they drew 1-1 with Osasuna but should find the going a bit easier when they travel to Sevilla Atlético on Sunday evening.

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Córdoba are one of the more intriguing teams over the last few weeks.  Despite still being in the relegation zone, they have given themselves every chance of climbing into the daylight and they sit two points away from safety.  They have lost only once in their last seven matches, including four wins in a row, making their form one of the best in the league.  They beat fellow-strugglers Lorca last week with a goal from Juanjo Narváez and visit inconsistent Osasuna in the Sunday lunchtime kick-off with a good chance of springing a surprise on them.

A full list of the Liga 123 fixtures and form can be found below:

SATURDAY 14TH APRIL

1500: REUS (15TH) D L W L L v CÁDIZ (4TH) W W D D D

1700: LORCA (21ST) L D L W L v ALCÓRCON (16TH) D L W W L

1700: NUMANCIA (6TH) D W L W W v LUGO (12TH) L W D L L

1900: CULTURAL (19TH) L L D L W v TENERIFE (9TH) W L W W W

SUNDAY 15TH APRIL

1100: OSASUNA (10TH) D L W L D v CÓRDOBA (20TH) W W D L W

1500: REAL VALLADOLID (11TH) D W D W L v SPORTING (1ST) W W W W W

1700: RAYO VALLECANO (2ND) W W L D W v REAL ZARAGOZA (5TH) W W L W W

1700: SEVILLA ATLÉTICO (22ND) L L W W L v GRANADA (7TH) L L W L D

1900: REAL OVIEDO (8TH) L W D L W v GIMNÀSTIC TARRAGONA (14TH) W L L W W

MONDAY 16TH APRIL

2000: HUESCA (3RD) D L D L D v BARCELONA B (18TH) D D L L L

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