Saturday, December 9, 2023

Matchday 40: Promotion vs relegation

The point of no return arrives, the days in which all the teams that do not have their homework completed must give it your all to meet your goals. There are three days left for each club to succeed or fail this season, nine points at stake where everything will be decided. There are teams that are fighting to go up directly to LaLiga Santander, others that are trying to qualify for the promotion playoffs and others, like Málaga CF, that have to settle for fighting for survive in the silver category. Different ends that this day intersect.

The blue and white team and their greatest rivals to achieve permanence in LaLiga SmartBank they have very complicated matches this weekend against teams from the upper part, immersed in the fight to qualify for the playoffs for promotion and even to go directly to the First Division.

Those in charge of opening the day are the Real Sociedad B and Almería in Anoeta. There will be many Malaguistas watching what happens 1,000 kilometers away on a Friday night in May. The txuri-urdin subsidiary is the greatest threat at the moment for the Blue and Whites’ salvation. This weekend’s victory at Fuenlabrada, in the 95th minute, has allowed them to reach 40 points and place themselves just two points behind Málaga with 30 matchdays to go.

The subsidiary of the Real Sociedad comes in flight, with three consecutive victories, but this time they will have the leader of the category, Almería, who are looking to certify their mathematical promotion to the highest category as soon as possible. The rojiblancos are four points ahead of the third, Valladolid, so they cannot be careless and are forced to go to the front pages of Anoeta. That is the thought of malaguismo, that it is wishing that the indalics score, at leastin San Sebastian for Malaga to reach the penultimate day out of relegation, no matter what happens in their match this day.

Tenerife and Girona closed the day in a direct duel. | THE LEAGUE

On Saturday it’s Amorebieta’s turn, the only one of those involved in relegation that does not play against a rival from the top, but also the one that has it the most complicated: it is five points from salvation. The Basque team receives Huesca in Lezama, where nothing is played (2:00 p.m.).

The next to act will be the Sporting Gijon, which will face Girona at home. The Asturians are level on points with Málaga – they have beaten the particular average – but their dynamic is the same or worse than that of the Blue and Whites. With 42 points, he has gotten into the same problem and now he will have to try to get out of trouble in these three days. He will not have an easy game on Sunday (4:00 p.m.). Receive in El Molinón the Girona, a team that is fighting to secure its place in the promotion playoffs. The Catalans are one of the fittest teams in the second round and they won’t want to fail now that the goal is close at hand.

The last to appear is Malaga. The Blue and Whites visit Tenerife at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. -peninsular time-. The situation of the chicharrero team is similar to that of Girona. He is in the playoff position and still has to certify it, and he hardly has any remote options for direct promotion.

Malaga has three finals ahead to tie the permanence, and the first one will be especially difficult. But his rivals don’t have it easy either. The ideal scenario is to reach the last two days depending on himself, and if he can widen the gap this weekend, even better.


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