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Arch Bell On May - 22 - 2012

Segunda Focus: What To Watch For

This midweek slot of games in the Segunda isnt one that stands out. Originally scheduled to be played a few months ago, this is the actual Jornada 30 that is being squeezed in this week, a rarity considering there were midweek games last week as well.

Most of the attention will be given at the top of the table so lets start there.

Deportivo will try to rebound from their away loss at Xerez when they face Gimnastic on Wednesday in Tarragona. The Catalans are headed to the deep dark abyss of the Segunda B so there is absolutely no way that Depor should lose this. Theyll get an early goal and calm any fears. AWAY WIN.

The two clubs locked in a duel for second, Celta and Valladolid continue their cat-and-mouse game as Celta host Xerez on Wednesday and then 24 hours later Valladolid are at home versus Recreativo.

As for Celta, they walloped Alcoyano over the weekend and have the benefit of the tiebreaker. Seriously, its going to take a massive effort to try to wrestle that second place standing away from the celeste. Xerez pulled off an upset last week but it wont happen again. HOME WIN.

Meanwhile the boys from Huelva will travel north to Castilla y Leon to face the Pucelete. Expect another workmanlike performance from Valladolid. They just better not be looking ahead to their Sunday fixture against Alcorcon. HOME WIN.

Cordoba, currently in sixth place and three points ahead of Almeria for the final playoff spot host sure-to-be relegation bound Cartagena. Cartas chances of survival slipped away in a matter of hours last week so spirits are down. As for Cordoba, they gotta have this one if they want to avoid any drama with Almeria who have an easier run-in. HOME WIN.

Like Valladolid, Almeria play Thursday but their opponent is shaping up to be a bit more complicated than they might have expected. Numancia come into the match having scored six goals in their last two games including three last week in Alicante against Hercules. Could they spoil things for Esteban Vigo? For Lucas Alcarazs sake, I think they will. DRAW.

Down at the bottom of the table Girona just need a point to ensure their permanencia when they play Villarreal B on Tuesday night. All credit to the Baby Submarinos who have played with plenty of guts since their senior team got relegated. Villarreal fans should be proud. At the same time, Girona have sparkled of late as Coro and Nieto are playing out of their minds right now. This one really has the making of a great game. Im looking forward to it. Ill go with an entertaining 3-3 DRAW.

The battle for playoff seeding continues with Alcorcon hosting safe Sabadell. Alcrcon at the Santo Domingo is one of the safest Segunda picks you can have. HOME WIN.

Hercules manager Djukics team hasnt won in its last four outings and he says that the team needs to get back to its merits and realize that you cant win a game playing just 90% of the time. I disagree, you can do alot of great things at a 90% effort. Hell, I managed to graduate from college with just a 70% effort! Where was I? Oh yeah, Hercules hosts Alcoyano. HOME WIN.

If no one shows up for a Murcia-Huesca game in late May, does it actually happen? ROAD WIN.

Elche-Las Palmas. Elche fans are pissed off at their team. Cant say I blame them. They really cratered in this second half. Whistle away boys. ROAD WIN.

Finally we end with Guadalajara-Barcelona B. Carlos Terrazas is already outlining his plan for next season so clearly hes not thinking aboout Wednesdays opponent. Plus Barca B want to finish ahead of Villarreal B. ROAD WIN.

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Arch Bell

A longtime lover of Spain's often-ignored Liga Adelante, Arch started writing about second division in 2008 on a blog called 'Bienvenido Al Infierno' which he ultimately brought to La Liga Weekly in 2009. He has since gone on to cover Segunda matches in Spain for LLW and has conducted interviews with Segunda Division players. You can find Arch's writing on ESPN.com as a contributor to Soccernet. Arch also hosts a bilingual soccer radio show in Austin, Texas called Futbol En Vivo which airs every Tuesday from 1-2pm CST and can be heard locally on 91.7 FM or online at www.koop.org.

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