The league table does not make for pretty reading for Villarreal B. Jose Molina's men have won once in their last nine matches, albeit a sterling come-from-behind home triumph over high-flying Almería. But consistent results are the order of survival in the Segunda.
A Friday evening visit to UD Las Palmas on the Canary Islands is a daunting prospect, both with the travel on a short week and the club's imposing 30,000-seat stadium. And I recall attacking midfielder Jonathan Viera tearing us apart last season in a Friday night home fixture at the Ciudad Deportiva. Ojo.
But the islanders' form has also been poor, and they have not played with their typical flowing football. Sounds familiar. Molina expects some gaps in the back, and former Tenerife players Iriome and Airam Cabrera would like nothing more than to score against their island rivals. Extra motivation.
A few changes, as always, in Molina's squad:
Keepers: Diego Mariño, Jorge.
Defenders: Kiko Olivas, Joan Truyols, Toño, Carlos Tomás, Mano, Pere Martínez.
Midfielders: Gonzalo Castellani, Lucas Porcar, Dutra, Marcos Gullón, Iriome, Toribio, Llorente.
Forwards: Kike López, Airam, Joselu Moreno.
Florian Lejeune and Jaume Costa (his debut!) are with the 'A' team, and Joan Truyols makes a long-awaited return from injury. And Molina continues with his rotations, omitting a number of regulars from the squad altogether.
The match begins at 3 pm Eastern Time, and streams are likely. Let's avoid a repeat of last season's Friday night massacre. And maybe even win in blue. Endavant minisubmarino!