With two matches scheduled for tonight, there is an Andalusian derby to get Week 36 in Liga 123 underway.
Córdoba throw open the doors of the Estadio Nuevo Arcángel tonight to host regional neighbours Sevilla Atlético in a basement battle that has only pride as a reward for the visitors. They are rock-bottom of the table and are certain to go down as they are fifteen points from safety. However, Luis Tevenet’s charges earned a point at home to Granada last week and they have picked up seven points from a possible nine. If this is combined with the added prize of getting one over on the neighbours, the men from Seville will be no push overs. They will be without defenders Borja San Emeterio and José Amo, while Uruguyan Felipe Carballo misses out alongside midfield partner Juanje.
Despite lying in 20th place, there is a definite glimmer of hope for Córdoba as they look to survive for another season in the second tier. Los Califas held Osasuna to a draw away from home in Week 35 and have amassed two wins, two draws and a loss in their previous five matches. In fact, they have overcome a period of winning just once in seven matches to turn things around and have been beaten once in eight. Only leaders Sporting, Numancia, Rayo and Tenerife have scored more goals than Córdoba in the last five matches and they could add to that tally against a Sevilla Atlético side that has conceded 29 times away from home. There is every reason to have confidence in José Ramón Sandoval’s team going into tonight and they could climb out of the drop zone (albeit possibly temporarily) with a win. He will be missing the midfield trio of Alejandro Alfaro, Javi Lara and the veteran Jose Antonio Reyes, along with defender Alex Quintanilla.
Head to head in Liga 123, Sevilla Atlético have the slight upper-hand, winning three, drawing two and losing two matches.
Real Oviedo clash with Real Valladolid at the Carlos Tartiere tonight and the visitors are looking to keep in touch with the playoff race. The Oviedistas currently hold the sixth and final playoff spot and have risen four places in the last two rounds courtesy of back to back 1-0 wins against Lugo and Gimnástic. There is an affinity between both these teams on and off the field, but this friendliness will be set to one side in an important match in a tight division. The landscape in the top half of the table has changed dramatically from week to week and both teams will be keen to earn maximum points and maintain their promotion hopes. Pucela have been derailed by successive defeats, both by a single goal, and have failed to produce a clear goal-scoring threat other than the top marksman in the league, Jaime Mata. new coach Sergio González will hope to put behind him the disappointment of last week’s defeat to leaders Sporting, a match where his team enjoyed the bulk of possession and chances but failed to find the net. A handball by Sporting in the box went unpunished too, adding to the sense of frustration around the Jose Zorrilla. González is without the services of defender Deivid, midfielder Antonio Cotán and forward Chris Ramos. Real Oviedo manager Juan Antonio Anquela has almost an entire squad to choose from, with Colombian striker Olmes García the only absentee although he is expected to return within the next week.