Three Up, Three Down: Jornada 31

Joan Oriol nearly made my 3 Up this time. Something to aim for next game, we're sure! (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Two consecutive clean sheets for the Yellow Submarine--interestingly, that's now happened three times this season, under three different managers. The only period with three? Rayo (2-0), Espanyol (0-0), and Betis (1-0), in October/November. We've replicated two of those scores, would be nice to do the same with the third.....

3 Up:

Mateo Musacchio--our young Argentinian has been getting deserved praise for his play (see yesterday's article in the news roundup). This morning on Twitter, he received the ultimate accolade for a Villarreal player this season--that's right, there's a rumor that Napoli will sign him this summer!

Ruben Cani--again, Cani was perhaps our best player in the first half, nearly scoring a goal from a neat Camunas cross. Look for him to be deployed behind Ruben against Betis, too.

Diego López--we haven't need him to make as many spectacular saves of late, now that our defense isn't allowing so many fast breaks and one-on-ones, but our long-serving keeper has still been excellent.

3 Down:

Hernán Pérez, Gonzalo Castellani, Wakaso Mubarak-- let's just lump these three together, shall we? Clearly not going to see much playing time under Lotina in this relegation battle. Our mister has clearly decided to go with experience, and the only youngsters seeing a lot of playing time are those, like Musacchio and Oriol, who have played more this year.

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