Team Spotlight: Sporting Gijon and the extra pressure to gain promotionMay 7, 2018
Being in the mix to go up with the season coming to a close can have you pumped to get over that last hurdle, but also nervous not to slip up with teams around you ready to pounce.
With two automatic promotion places on offer in La Liga 123, there is already pressure for teams still within a chance to fill one of those spaces.
For Sporting Gijon, it is almost a requirement for them, as failure to earn a place in the top flight next season means that their promotion-chasing reserve side will be stuck in the Segunda B for another year.
Pressure on for Sporting Gijon
The B team are assured of a place in the promotion play-offs, but with one game remaining they can still qualify as group champions, giving them a far better chance and easier route to the second tier.
But that could all depend on the senior side, as first and reserve teams cannot play in the same division as each other.
This means that Sporting Gijon would have to ensure they return to the La Liga, just one season after being relegated, in order for their B team to also make the jump upwards.
Hopeful of automatic promotion
Los Rojiblancos were top of the Segunda Division, one of two automatic promotion places, but defeat in their last match against Real Zaragoza means they have dropped into the play-offs with four games to go.
Yet, they will still be positive of finishing in the top two by looking at their remaining fixtures, with relegation-threatened Barcelona B up next, followed by Tenerife and Granada who sit 11th and 10th respectively. The final day of the season sees the Asturians travel to Cordoba, who are also stuck in the drop zone.
Should Sporting Gijon secure promotion and the ‘B’ side complete the double, it would be the latter’s first time in the second tier in their 58-year history. And surely the celebrations will be felt in the northern Spanish city and their stadium El Molinón.