'Final' in January for the permanence in Belmonte

The Albacete, bottom, receives the reborn Zaragoza. Peybernes and Álex Alegría entered the JIM list, but they will not be headlines. Nieto will relieve Chavarría.


Carlos Belmonte hosts tonight a direct duel in the fight for permanence, a final in January, in the first match of the second round, between Albacete Balompié, last classified, with just 15 points, and the reborn Real Zaragoza, 17th classified, but in relegation score. So it is a dog-face match, in which the two teams are only worth the victory.

Albacete knows that the first train for permanence passes through its stadium this Friday, in the first of its two games in five days, since on Tuesday it will play the match against Alcorcón that was suspended due to the snowstorm.

Alejandro Menéndez will not be able to count on the sanctioned Kecojevic and Álvaro Jiménez, although he recovers Boyomo, who aims to start in the rear. The question is whether Tana, the only winter signing so far, will be able to play, since he is not yet registered in LaLiga due to the problems the club has with its salary limit.The team from La Mancha has two consecutive days without losing, although they have not won at home since October 25, 2020, when they beat Rayo Vallecano.

For its part, Zaragoza goes to the meeting with morale through the roof, after having added seven points in the last three days. The Aragonese team is another after the arrival on the bench of Juan Ignacio Martínez and will try to extend his streak against the second worst local in the category.

The central Peybernes and the striker Álex Alegría, the first two winter signings, are the great novelties in JIM's squad list, but neither of them points to a starter, since everything indicates that the Alicante coach will repeat eleven with the only Nieto's novelty for Chavarría, sanctioned for accumulating cards. The injuries Javi Ros and Guitián are also low, while Tejero, who returns to Carlos Belmonte, is high once COVID-19 is overcome.

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