El Tartiere conspires to secure the playoff against Zaragoza

The Real Oviedo has a great opportunity this Monday to ensure more options to play the play-off, something that will be achieved if after the defeat of Ponferrada in Valladolid -its immediate pursuer- it manages to prevail over a Zaragoza from which Ziganda he doesn’t trust: “they will be serious and orderly, and we will have to do things right”.

The blues have before them the opportunity to put four points away from Ponferradina and, with a mattress of four over Las Palmas, they know for sure that whatever the island team does against Alcorcón, they will sleep in sixth place in the table There are only two days left to go.

The hands arrive saved to a crucial clash for Cuco Ziganda’s men, who have recognized that they will not follow the day live and focus theirs on giving their best version at home while ensuring that they will not make drastic changes in the eleven .

Injuries do not force him to make changes either: only Lucas, with a broken fiber and who could arrive for the last league game, causes loss in the Carbayón team.

Calvo, Mossa, Obeng, Christian and Matheus have trained at a slower pace at the end of the week, in the same way that Bastón, Viti and Luismi did in the middle of it, but only to distribute loads in this last stretch of the league and being a longer week than usual when playing on Monday.

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That is why everything indicates that the usual eleven will be seen at home, with Obeng as Borja Bastón’s partner and the midfield in charge of Luismi and Brugman, with Montiel being the main trigger from the bench with three goals and three assists coming out of it in the last nine games.

If they win or tie, the Blues will have matched José Antonio Anquela’s streak of ten games without losing -now they have seven wins and two draws- and if they add three, they would close the fifth consecutive victory in a Tartiere that exudes illusion this final stretch of season.

A Real Zaragoza that is already mathematically saved since Real Sociedad B lost against Almería last Friday, will try to erase the bad image it has left in recent games at the Carlos Tartiere stadium.

The Aragonese team has gone four consecutive days without winning, the last two being defeats.

In the last three games, the team has lowered its arms in terms of concentration and intensity despite the fact that salvation was not yet mathematical, although it was virtually, and this has resulted in poor results, as a result of bad play, as well like the anger of the fans and the coach, Juan Ignacio Martínez ‘JIM’, who had already warned of this possible problem before each match, although apparently the players on the pitch have ignored it.

The culmination of the madness in which Zaragoza’s career has become was last day in which it fell 0-3 against the already relegated Alcorcón, a game after which the coach himself apologized to the fans, as well as some players .

That defeat led to a row in training the following day that the media could hear despite the fact that the meeting took place in the dressing room of the Ciudad Deportiva.

For the game against the team from Oviedo, the question is whether the coach’s words will finally have an effect and the team will compete and give a very different image against a rival who is playing to fight for promotion to the First Division.

For this meeting, JIM has been recovering troops compared to the previous day and except for the injured Carlos Vigaray and Nano Mesa, he will be able to count on all his troops.

The ‘blanquillo’ coach recovers Cristian Álvarez, Valentín Vada and Carlos Nieto after overcoming a feverish process that prevented them from playing last day and Alvaro Giménez and Sergio Bermejo, once their respective ailments have been overcome.

Likely lineups:

Real Oviedo: Femenías; Carlos Isaac, Costas, Calvo, Cornud; Viti, Brugman, Luismi, Borja S.; Obeng and Borja Bastón.

Zaragoza: Cristian Alvarez; Fran Gámez, French, Jair, Chavarría; Francho, Petrovic or Jaume Grau, Eugeni; Bermejo, Iván Azón and Narváez.

Stadium: Carlos Tartiere

Referee: De la Fuente Ramos, Oliver (Castilian-Leonese Committee).

Time: 21.00.