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Preview | Peña vs. Ibiza: a celebration of Ibizan football

21 December, 2019

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The big, end of year football party in Ibiza is upon us. On Sunday, Peña Deportiva and Ibiza will face each other to close out 2019, in the penultimate round of the first half of Segunda B league action. The Sky Blues will travel to Santa Eulària after playing only seventeen minutes of the first round Copa del Rey tie in Pontevedra which was suspended due to heavy rainfall. Tomorrow’s island rivals, on the other hand, lost their cup tie on Thursday at their home ground against Ponferradina. In tomorrow’s clash, Pablo Alfaro’s team will come up against the Peñistas for the first time ever in an official match before taking well-deserved Christmas break.

While it is a derby that promises to be full of passion and emotions, it is also an encounter between two entities that share a good neighbourly relationship. However, there is a lot at stake in tomorrow’s match. Ibiza will be pursuing another victory outside of Can Misses to maintain and solidify its position in the top half of the table. Last week’s win at home to Marino de Luanco, where the squad showed its flair and brilliance across the entire pitch, should hold Ibiza in good stead for tomorrow’s Ibizan derby. For their part, Peña Deportiva has enjoyed a good start to the season, the best its ever had in fact in the Segunda B division. Their previous three league campaigns in this division ended in relegation.

That being said, under the guidance of its coach Raúl Casañ, tomorrow’s opponents currently sit in sixth position after having held even better positions since the start of the league back in August, allowing the side from Santa Eulalia to be optimistic about its chance of league survival this year. Recent results, however, have not been that positive. Last week’s battering by Sporting B (6-0) added to the importance of tomorrow’s derby where the home side will look to bounce back immediately. Ibiza, therefore, is more than alert about the intricacies and challenge presented in tomorrow’s clash. Pursuing the objective of getting another three points before the Christmas break, the Sky Blues will be able to count on the support of its fans. The Municipal de Santa Eulària stadium is sure to be filled with many supporters that will be dressed in sky blue colours. The stage is set for an historic island derby.

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