Sunday, March 09, 2008
SPAIN .... LA LIGA AND SEGUNDA
REAL MURCIA - GETAFE
Murcia have been in a very poor run and are now stuck deep in the relegation zone, six points from safety. Their coach has paid with his job and has been replaced by the vastly experienced Javier Clemente, who, as well winning a number of titles, knows how to fight a relegation battle. He looks the right man to give them a fighting chance of survival. They are not too bad at home and their record of 4-3-5, could/should be a little better, they have been very unlucky in losing their last three and could have got something from each, late goals costing them dearly. This must be a good time to meet Getafe, their gruelling schedule continues, they are currently on their way home from a fine 2-0 win at Benfica. They tired late in the game against ten man Mallorca last weekend (thankfully) and must surely be feeling the effects, of fighting a campaign on three fronts. The Madrid side do have the strength in depth to continue this and something has to give. I like this quote and expect the "new coach" effect to produce a much needed home win.
6.5 points Murcia level ball 2.06 asian line.... NOW 1.95
ALBACETE - REAL SOCIEDAD
Visitors are a big club and should be in La Liga, after a sluggish start to life in Segunda, they have come on strong and sit in 4th, just outside the promotion spots and are unbeaten in 5. With their next two starts coming against Numancia (1st) and Gijon (3rd), they need a result today, to take into those fixtures.
Albacete have won only once in seven matches and that came in a narrow home win over Segunda basement club Xerex. They struggle to score and only have 12 goals at home, 20 in total, the lowest in the division. I do not see Real going home empty handed.
5.5 points Sociedad -1/4 ball 2.14 asian line.... NOW 2.06