Thursday, May 26

El Cacereño, much more than a dress rehearsal

Bermu will start, predictably, in the starting eleven. / ARMANDO MENDEZ


El Cacereño, who depends on himself on this last day, defends second place in Ceuta

J. CEPEDA Caceres

Much more than a dress rehearsal for the promotion playoffs. On the last day of the regular league, Cacereño will have a vitally important appointment this Sunday at the Alfonso Murube in Ceuta (12.00) to defend the second place with which they start. All this against a rival who, in the same way, also needs the three points if he wants to depend on himself to secure his qualification for the second phase of the championship.

Cacereño will attend this last appointment of the regular season in a box. Something that is being common in recent days. Yael, sanctioned, will not be able to participate. As for the injured, Josín, Kamal and Espinosa will be absent. The good news is that the latter’s ailments are not as serious as initially predicted, so he could be available next week in the province of Alicante to fight for promotion to the First RFEF. Luis Hernáiz, who is finalizing his recovery after being injured against Las Palmas Atlético a couple of days ago, could be reserved by the coaching staff, because within Cacereño they do not want to take risks.

Aware of the importance of the three points, the Cacereño coach, Julio Cobos, anticipates a highly competitive match «against a rival who is playing a lot, just like us. We arrived short in terms of troops, but we are going to try to compete to bring us the three points and secure that second position. In addition, a good atmosphere is expected in the stands.

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Also, despite the absences, Cobos is confident in the good performance of his work group: «Those who do come out, I know in advance that we are going to compete because we are playing for being second. There are times when we are going to have to think how far it is convenient to risk because you can be left without an important player », he explains.

To confirm this second place, it will be enough for Cacereño to win his match or to sign the same result as Mérida. The team from the regional capital, which visits the already relegated Las Palmas Atlético at the same time, is two points behind the Verdiblanco team. Be that as it may, the Cacereño, at least, will have secured third place. For the appointment in North African territory, the Verdiblanco team will recover winger Aguado and goalkeeper Fran Martínez after both have served their respective sanctions.

Either as second or third, Cacereño will meet this Monday afternoon the semifinal rival of the playoffs for promotion to First RFEF. An appointment that will be held in the province of Alicante. However, the greens will not know the venue of the match until Monday night or even until Tuesday, taking into account that the Spanish Football Federation will place each tie in a specific stadium depending on the tickets that each team previously requests for his fans. What is certain is that the Cobos team will earn a draw in extra time in the semifinals to reach the final.

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