Villarreal hope to continue their unbeaten streak Sunday morning at the Molinon, while Sporting Gijon is aiming for a home win to kickstart their season. The Asturians have only won once in seven matches--a 2-1 home win over Alcorcón--and coach Manolo Sanchez has been given an ultimatum: win against Villarreal or else.
Sporting are hoping for a big crowd for this match, with home supporters able to buy extra tickets at reduced prices.
Not only were two clubs both relegated last year, but thoughts of Manolo Preciado--legend as a Gijon coach, passed away immediately after being named to head Villarreal--will be paramount.
Last year Villarreal won this fixture in the Primera.....as it turned out, our last win in a season when we needed one more point to survive. These two teams have played several controversial matches in recent years, with--shall we say--questionable refereeing decisions resulting in penalties in favor of Villarreal one time, Sporting another. Who knows, maybe the Segunda officiating will be better :)