High jump in the Belmonte

Espanyol, leader, willing to leave the promotion to seven points. Albacete, bottom, must win to swerve and not sink in the descent.


It can be the Resurrection Sunday of Albacete or a sort of ascent to the kingdom of heaven for Espanyol. In Carlos Belmonte the leader and bottom of the Second Division are measured at the rhythm of the arrow (follow the game live on As.com). The one that is synonymous with an upward arrow in the case of parrots and the one that translates into a painful song for the people of La Mancha. The locals have a victory in nine days, the same period that the visitors add without losing. All in all, Vicente Moreno describes it as “one of the most difficult games of the season” .

In favor of the argument of the parakeet technician, the good game of Alba in the last days, the day less rest, as well as the casualties and doubts with which Espanyol is presented: Melendo and Lluís for the COVID, Cabrera for sanction, and the accumulated fatigue of the international Keidi Bare -who reappears in the call-, Puado, Pedrosa and Vargas, which raises reasonable doubts on the left-handed side, the double pivot and even in the drawing, depending on whether Dimata repeats (4- 4-2) up or if the U21 striker reappears (4-2-3-1) .

Against that final appearance, the leader is played by the hunger of a Raúl de Tomás who comes from a double and who tries to hunt Uros Djurdjevic as a 'top scorer' in Second, the recognition of Embarba as MVP of the category in the month of March, with one goal and four assists, and the great moment in general of a team that has a partial 11-1 in the last three games and that knows that, if it defeats Albacete, it will open a seven-point gap with Almería , third place, the distance between direct promotion and promotion.

It all started in the championship with the 3-0 in Cornellà in an Albacete that already sounds prehistoric to Lucas Alcaraz, his coach at the time, and in which Alejandro Menéndez a priori is not in danger despite the fact that the permanence is slipping little little by little, so you absolutely need these three points.The Asturian has his entire squad available except Carlos Isaac and Ivan Kecojevic, who already lost 0-1 on Wednesday also at home, against Castellón, and who due to muscle problems do not arrive in time for this duel in the sun in Carlos Belmonte, where Espanyol never won in LaLiga –four defeats and two draws in their six visits– and whose result can be a great leap, either towards promotion or on the road to salvation.KeysIn trouble

Two losses in a row have left Albacete on the ropes. Victory only serves the La Mancha team to stay alive.

A lot of gunpowder

Espanyol has scored up to 11 goals in three games, and not only Raúl de Tomás, but they have been distributed chorally.In favor of the Manchegos, Espanyol never won at Belmonte in LaLiga: four defeats and two draws.

In addition to the FIFA Virus and COVID-19, Espanyol, who played on Thursday, has rested one day less. Alba did it on Wednesday.

Aces to followFuster

The Valencian midfielder, indisputable, also wants to be important; For this, today it is only worth giving its best version.The best player in LaLiga Smartbank in March already started April, on Thursday, with one goal and indirectly participating in another.

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