On the heels of an important, if somewhat unexpected, away win at Guadalajara, Villarreal B returns home to face Alcoyano in a key match. After a 3-0 home loss to Huesca, our visitors are even with us on points, but behind on goal difference. The minisubmarino drew 1-1 in Alcoy, so a win tomorrow would provide an effective four-point cushion.
Alcoyano now has Wellington Silva, a diminutive 19-year-old Brazilian striker on Arsenal's books. He came over from Levante on a sub-loan and scored his first goal in Spain on his Segunda debut. Other attacking threats include Honduran international Anthony Lozano, on loan from Valencia, and towering (6'6") Equatorial Guinea striker Raúl Fabiani, who started his career in the Villarreal youth system.
Enough about our opponents. What really matters: how Julio Velázquez's men play with another chance to pull away from the relegation zone. The 'A' team's lineup uncertainty does not help his cause.
Keepers: Diego Mariño, Jorge.
Defenders: Orfano, Truyols, Florian Lejeune, Kiko Olivas, Toño, Jiménez (from 'C' team).
Midfielders: Llorente, Toribio, Ramos, Moisés Gómez, Mauricio, Manu Trigueros, Vázquez.
Strikers: Juanto, Porcar, Gerard Bordas.
With Nilmar and Joan Oriol as game-time decisions in Zaragoza, Joselu Moreno and Jaume Costa are in limbo. Fernando Barrientos is in Argentina for personal reasons, Pere Martínez is suspended, and Iriome and Pablo Íñiguez are injured. On the latter, Velázquez firmly stated that he will be a first-team player. High praise.
The squad to face Zaragoza should answer a few questions about the Alcoyano match. Check back in the morning for an update in the game thread.