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Just a couple of things that might pique your interest.

  • I have no idea of the accuracy of this report, other than the fact that Villarreal continue to deny it, and Pellegrini continues to state that he will honor his contract, but AS has published a story that Pellegrini will be named the new head coach of Madrid on Tuesday when Florentino Perez is "crowned" president of Real Madrid. I still don't believe he will leave, but this is European football - anything is possible at almost any time.
  • Almeria's injury report doesn't look good for Villarreal. Esteban Solari, used primarily as a substitute at forward, injured his knee and withdrew from training, which will probably keep him out of Saturday's match. Regular starting midfielder Juanito is recovering from an illness and has not been able to train with the team. They are also without midfielder Miguel Angel Corona and forward Kalu Uche. Defender Chico, though, will be ready to play (15 starts on the season, 5 substitute appearances). Hopefully they will be able to find enough of something internal to put in a solid match in Madrid. Or perhaps something external is in order? Perhaps some white suitcases?
  • Villarreal B moved one step closer to promotion, taking care of Zamora with a 2-0 home victory, for an aggregate 4-0 to advance to the next round. They are now matched up against Lorca Deportiva CF, a club formed in 2002 and based in Lorca, which is in Murcia. Lorca finished second in Group Two of Segunda B, with 20 wins, 9 draws, and 9 losses. They will play in Vila-Real on May 31st, and in Lorca on June 7th. If they advance against Lorca, they will have one more two-legged contest for promotion. And Alex, I still do not know what would happen in the scenario you proposed - Villarreal B achieving a promotion spot while playing in Segunda A, with Villarreal A in the relegation zone of the Primera. Sorry!