Top-level match at El Molinón without Raúl de Tomás

RdT loses the duel with Uros Djurdjevic in a key match for the final goal, which faces the best defense at home with the best attack away.


The El Molinón-Quini stadium is dressed up, but without an audience, to host a duel of the highest level, undoubtedly with a Primera flavor (follow the match live on Not only because of the track record of the contenders, but because of the aspirations of the two teams that want to return to the top flight at the end of the season. Sporting and Espanyol, separated by six points in the standings and with the perico team in direct ascent, are looking for three fundamental points with a view to the final goal.

The best defense at home and the best offense away. Sporting has only conceded six goals in 13 games in their field, the one that fits the least in Second; while Espanyol has managed to score 16 times in 13 games away from their stadium, the highest scorer although they were unable to do so in five outings.

It will undoubtedly be an interesting duel, although Sporting already has an advantage because it will have the league's top scorer, Uros Djurdjevic, and will not face the second best scorer in the championship, Raúl de Tomás. In any case, for a quinielista it would be a triple match. An open match is presented without a clear favorite.

Sporting arrives on a roll. Gallego's team now has 397 without conceding a goal and is looking for the fourth consecutive victory. The coach did not expect to make changes to the line-up but Cumic's injury this week forces him to introduce a variation in the eleven that has given him a great performance in recent weeks.

Espanyol, for its part, arrives at El Molinón with the fly behind the ear. The Blue and Whites, who are still in direct ascent and accumulate a streak of seven points out of nine, arouse doubts about their game and the lack of superiority against rivals like Sabadell, although they know that winning at Sporting would be a giant step forward in their aspirations. His performance is currently marked by RdT, absent in Gijón due to some discomfort, who has resolved the team's difficulties. Dimata, signed this winter market, may have his chance, for that he was signed.

Many of the members of the squad lived with David Gallego last year, so the meeting also contains an emotional condition. Moreno will continue with the bet in midfield of Keidi Bare and Darder, and players like Embarba or Puado will have to take more prominence as well as Melamed, a young man on the rise who has taken a place in the team.

The most relevant match of the day in Segunda comes a day after the third anniversary of the death of Enrique Castro, 'Quini', who was reminded in the last training session in Mareo with a minute of silence. The long-awaited Djuka-RdT duel was the best tribute for the legendary scorer; will have to wait for a better occasion.Keys to the game

Clean sheet: Sporting seeks their fourth consecutive victory after adding 397 minutes without conceding a goal.

Set ball: The perico team scored its first goal from a corner the previous week. It is not one of his virtues, and neither is his defense. An opportunity for Sporting, a headache parakeet.

Absence: The loss of RdT seems more important for Espanyol than that of Cumic for Sporting. It is more decisive for your team.

Factor Puado: The Espanyol forward has become decisive by appearing in the second line. Most of the attacks of a lethal Espanyol with spaces pass through his boots.

As to follow

Djurdjevic: It is the match for the Serbian to confirm the great season he is having. He is not in front of RdT but wants to be decisive for Sporting.

Embarba: The winger hopes to regain his best form. The week before he gave his eighth assist and is the top passer in the championship. A danger in strategy plays.

Highs and lows

Sporting: Cumic is the absence of David Gallego from the team, who has the rest of the squad available.

Spain: Raúl de Tomás falls off the list and Max Svensson enters.

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