Getafe look to seal their salvation as they visit El Sadar
PARIS, May 10. (Benin News) –
Mallorca travel to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán on Wednesday (8.30pm) with the aim of forgetting the last home debacle against Granada and reigniting the fight against relegation against a Sevilla side looking to secure their ticket to the League champions, while Alavés, six points from safety, host a virtually saved and controversy-ridden Espanyol side on Matchday 36 of La Liga Santander.
Javier Aguirre’s team hit rock bottom last Saturday, losing cruelly (2-6) to Granada, a direct competitor for salvation, a blow that plunged them back into the relegation zone. They are now 18th with 32 points, just two points behind the Nazaríes in the relegation zone. The countdown to the end of the season has already begun for the teams in danger and Mallorca, who have no time for regrets, do not want to fall into the abyss before the final whistle.
The game in Pizjuán will be the first of three games left for the El Vermellón team, which will end the season against Rayo at home and Osasuna at El Sadar, two teams that play for nothing. For this reason, leaving Sevilla with three points would be a big step, as they have no room for error to stay in the Premier League for the second consecutive season.
The Mexican coach will be without Galarreta, Greif and Amath Ndiaye, as well as doubts from Franco Russo and Fer Niño, the latter due to non-sporting issues. Meanwhile, Lopetegui expects Ocampos to return against Mallorca, after missing the 1-1 draw at La Ceramica. Suso and Fernando Reges will not be available, in a Sevilla squad with plenty of options for this midweek fixture.
Sevilla are third in the standings with 65 points, one place ahead of Atletico Madrid. The Andalusians, barring a last-minute surprise, are guaranteed a Champions League place for next season, with fifth-placed Betis seven points behind. However, and even more after the poor performance against Villarreal, it will be difficult to get Barça, second with four points ahead of the Nervión club.
With just one win from their last four league matches, Sevilla saw their season end far from the level they had shown in the first two thirds of the competition, weighed down by injuries and now mired in controversy over the continuity of his trainer. However, the Nervions will be able to rely on their home strength as only Real Madrid have won at Pizjuán this season.
LAST CHANCE FOR ALAVES
Alavés, last with 28 points, has the darkest and most complicated business with only nine points to play and six points by salvation. Moreover, their erratic results in these last key days – only two wins in their last 11 games – do not help to see the Babazorros as a Primera División team next season.
Plunged into a deep depression, the Basques must reset their mental and emotional state to face the last three days, in which there is no margin of error, because they must win everything and wait for the multiple failures of Levante and Mallorca. A defeat against Espanyol, their opponent on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.), would mean relegation in the event of a draw for Granada or Cadiz. Ximo Navarro will not be available due to suspension.
Against them, Espanyol are all but saved – they are 13th on 40 points – and still have not won away in 2022, making them the third worst team away from home in the competition. They are also going through a complicated moment internally, after Raúl de Tomás’ problems with the dressing room. Vicente Moreno, who wanted to put the case behind him, will be deprived of Pedrosa, Óscar Gil, Keidi Baré and Dimata.
GETAFE WANTS TO CLOSE THE SALVATION
In Wednesday’s other game (7:00 p.m.), Getafe travel to El Sadar, where Osasuna have been seeking salvation for weeks. The ‘azulón’ team, 15th with five points clear of the danger zone, could seal their sixth consecutive appearance in the Primera Division if they win over the Navarrese team and if Mallorca do not manage to beat Sevilla.
Getafe are unbeaten for three matches and have lost just three of their last ten matches, a record that puts them in danger from afar. Mitrovic could return from suspension, with Aleñá and Sandro as options for Quique Sánchez Fores’ XI. For his part, Arrasate, who has urged his players to confirm ninth place before the end of the season, has only Manu Sánchez out.
-WEDNESDAY PROGRAM FOR THE 36TH DAY OF THE LALIGA SANTANDER.
Alavés – Espanyol. Pizarro Gómez (C.Madrileño) 19.00.
Osasuna-Getafe. Muñiz Ruiz (C.Galician) 19.00.
Seville – Mallorca. Hernandez Hernandez (C. Canario) 20.30.
Elche – Atletico de Madrid. González Fuertes (Asturian C.Asturian) 21.30.