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A hardened Sporting B visits Ibiza on Carnival Sunday

22 February, 2020

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The reserve side of Real Sporting de Gijón has the worst away record of all teams in Group 1 of Segunda B. The red and whites have only picked up six points in their twelves matches on the road since the start of the season. Sporting B’s only victory dates back to 10 November 2019 when they beat Getafe B. Last week, they picked up a point from their visit to Internacional de Madrid. Based on these statistics alone, Ibiza goes into tomorrow’s round 26 clash as clear favourites. Added the fact that Ibiza is the second best home side in the group having won ten out of thirteen home fixtures, Pablo Alfaro’s team should be confident, but cautious. Just as Ibiza’s head coach alluded to in yesterday’s prematch press conference, the final stretch of the season is the one where surprises are not uncommon. Sporting B travels to Ibiza with exactly that intent, to spring a surprise on Carnival Sunday. “They are a very competitive side that plays with a lot of intensity. They never give up and are not pushed over easily. Their results have usually been tight affairs, so it’s going to be a tough match, even though their away form has not been very good so far. Recently, their coach said that they need to be more solid on the road and they’ll come here with that objective. Therefore, we must be aware of that, respect them, but at the same time go out there and do what we have to do to get the three points” said Alfaro.

Missing the round 26 clash will be Álex Quintanilla who suffered an injury in last week’s match away to Ferrol. The rest of the squad is available for selection for a match that will take place in the midst of Carnival celebrations on the island. “We hope that our fans will not only enjoy carnival on the streets of Ibiza, but come to Can Misses in their costumes to make a lot of noise and offer us their fantastic support as always” concluded Pablo Alfaro as he wrapped up his analysis ahead of tomorrow’s match.

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