Almería puts Real Zaragoza's wall to the test

The La Romareda team, since the arrival of JIM, is the one that least fits in the category. Álex Alegría or Iván Azón, doubt in the tip of the Aragonese attack.

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After their providential victory in Fuenlabrada, Real Zaragoza are preparing to take a new step towards permanence against a fierce rival who has not yet lowered their aspirations for direct promotion, despite their last defeat at home against Rayo Vallecano. Almería is the third best visitor in the category and today will put the defensive solidity of the Aragonese team to the test, which since the arrival of Juan Ignacio Martínez to his bench has not conceded a goal in seven of his fifteen games and has come back up to eight points with relegation (follow the game live on AS.com) .

Zaragoza has managed to maintain its unbeaten goal against Lugo, Logroñés, Ponferradina, Tenerife, Mirandés, Cartagena and Fuenlabrada, and now aspires to do the same against Almería to take another step towards salvation. And it is that with JIM at the controls, Real Zaragoza is the team that less so many fit in the category (just ten goals in fifteen days), a virtue that has allowed them to compensate for their very poor production, where Vuckic, Toro Fernández and Álex Alegría already compose a fatal triumvirate for history: a goal between the three center forwards. In spite of everything, JIM has only seen the youthful Iván Azón as a shock so far and he, who resolved the match in Fuenlabrada by forcing a penalty four minutes from the end, may be the starter today.

The Alicante coach does not let go of his lineup, but in defense the return of Francés is certain, because Peybernes could not play against Almería due to the so-called 'fear clause'.

Almeria, meanwhile, lands at La Romareda in one of their worst moments of the season both in terms of play and results. After dropping ten points from the last fifteen, a new stumble would mean practically saying goodbye to direct promotion options. He does it without his compass, a Manu Morlanes who will have to serve a penalty for accumulating cardboard. Neither will Ivanildo, sent off against Rayo. Thus, Robertone will start from the midfield to replace the hand and Cuenca will return to eleven to the detriment of the Portuguese. Another novelty will be Makaridze.

José Gomes needs his team to recover its best version after evaporating in recent weeks, without the defensive consistency for a candidate for promotion, also showing a poor version in attack. In this sense, recovering the best Sadiq would be the most positive news. The Nigerian has barely scored a goal in the last five games, which has had an impact on morale and the results of his team. The improvement does not lie only in the Kaduna striker, but in that associative football of the rojiblancos, which is increasingly predictable.



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