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Matchday 40 | SÁB 23.05.2015





SÁB 23.05.2015 | PREVIEWS

Plenty to play for with three matchdays to go until the end of the season

The Liga Adelante teams will be honing in on accomplishing their objectives: with promotion and safety still to be decided.


SÁB 23.05.2015

RC Recreativo – CE Sabadell (4pm, Estadio Nuevo Colombino)

With three matchdays remaining until the conclusion of the Liga Adelante, the Huelva outfit will be looking for another win to follow their result at home against CD Leganés during the last matchday. Their upcoming opponents, CE Sabadell, who lie 20th, also need to pick up more points in their bid to stay in the division. Both sides share the same objective of making the most of the few remaining opportunities available to them.

Juan Carlos Mandiá is well aware that his team have "a chance" and that they need to start putting more points on the board. "We have a good chance of winning this match and remaining on course to stay up. We all need to be united now", he stated.

CD Mirandés – D. Alavés (4pm, Estadio Municipal de Anduva)

With nine points still to play for, the Vitoria side still have hopes of breaking into the playoff places. Following their recent defeat to Girona FC, los blanquiazules will be looking to set things straight by picking up as many points as possible in order to achieve their goal. Meanwhile, Mirandés have already wrapped up their Liga Adelante status for another season and will be looking to celebrate another victory in front of their supporters.

Alberto López, the Alavés boss, has faith in his players: "They have the belief that we'll be knocking on the door right until the end and are well up for the challenge". López expects a "fiercely contested battle".

SD Ponferradina – CD Lugo (6pm, El Toralín)

Having gone five games without a win, the Bierzo outfit will be looking to put an end to this poor run of form and regain their footing in the race for sixth place. In order to achieve their objective, they will need to start winning. However, they will be up against Lugo, a team that have only managed to pick up three points from their last five fixtures and who will therefore be very eager to get back to winning ways to finally shore up safety in the division.

The Galician side's coach, Quique Setién, is looking to seal survival "as soon as possible" and for that his side will compete "to their best and with the utmost intensity". Despite the fact their opponent "have had a few games without getting the best of results, for them it is a game that is do or die", he said.

CD Leganés – At. Osasuna (6:15pm, Municipal de Butarque)

With three games to go in Liga Adelante, the side from Navarre are just two points above the drop zone, and thus will be looking to take as many points as possible and move away from danger. Meanwhile, Leganés will be looking to secure a win after losing last time out against Recreativo. 

With 51 points and their safety assured, Asier Garitano will continue with his objective of "finishing the season as well as possible". His counterpart, Enrique Martín, says his side want to "win the three games. We have to go into the game with a lot of intensity, showing that the side are playing for their place in the division and demonstrate a survival instinct".

UD Las Palmas – FC Barcelona B (9:30pm, Estadio de Gran Canaria)

The Canary Island outfit are involved in the fight for second place, and they’ll be hoping Girona and Sporting slip up as they look to secure automatic promotion to Liga BBVA. Against them, the Catalan side's reserve outfit are in a very different situation. In 21st with 36 points, they can still secure safety, but they need to secure the three points if they are to stand any chance in doing so.

Jordi Vinyals says if his side win all three remaining games, the side will remain in Liga Adelante. "Our players' energy could well make the difference", he said. Meanwhile, Paco Herrera, who also wants to record three wins, knows that "the last chances to secure automatic promotion are here and they must be taken", with the play-off place assured.

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