February’s fixtures are kicking off at Can Misses and in doing so, the league competition begins to enter its final few months of action. It is also a time in which each team’s objectives and possibilities become clearer. Ibiza’s visitors tomorrow aim to secure their league status as soon as possible and if their recent performances are anything to go by, that objective is well on its way of being achieved. Tomorrow’s round 24 match, then, is an important fixture for both teams with Ibiza aiming to continue its good run of form on home turf with a win and three more points to maintain its position in the upper echelon of Segunda B’s Group I standings. Coruxo will be a stern test for Pablo Alfaro’s men with the Galician side sitting on 37 points and in fourth position.
Competing for a tenth season in the Segunda B division, Míchel Alonso’s side touch down in Ibiza in solid shape and with plenty of positives after their recent showings. “They are a side that has improved and developed considerably over the course of this season”, said Pablo Alfaro during today’s pre-match press conference. His side’s previous encounter with the team from the O Vao stadium ended in a scoreless and hard-fought draw in typically wet and windy conditions in the outskirts of Vigo. Knowing that Coruxo was going to be a tough and difficult opponent already at the start of the season, Alfaro analysed tomorrow’s opponents as “a team that likes to play out from the back, with good players in their ranks that look to create plays” when they have possession of the ball.
Tomorrow’s clash, therefore, is a match-up between two teams that are sitting right next to each other in the table although ten points separate the two squads mathematically speaking. Nevertheless, Pablo Alfaro expects “an extremely difficult match against a tough opponent which is on a good run of form, but our objective is to get another three points on our home turf”.
Pep Caballé and Sibo have missed out on being called up to the squad list for the match due to a technical decision, joining central defender Gonzalo on the omissions list. The veteran had to cut short the team’s last training session after physical concerns. As far as Coruxo, they too have an important omission to report in Pablo Crespo missing the trip to Can Misses as a result of accumulating five yellow cards.