Sunday, January 16

Hercules-La Nucía, a derby with a lot at stake to start the year

The Herculaneum Diego Benito presses Miñano, La Nucía, in the match of November 24, 2019 at the Camilo Cano (3-0)
Jose Navarro

The Hercules CF, rearmed sportingly after having recovered almost all the injured during the Christmas break, closes the first round and opens 2021 with a provincial rivalry duel against La Nucía (12:00 hours) in which it intends to maintain its good dynamics of the last days.

The team of David Cubillo, who has only lost one match in the championship, is second in the table and has not yet renounced the leadership, so he is obliged not to fail anymore, especially at the Rico Pérez stadium.

The Madrid coach recovers several important players from his squad for this provincial derby, such as the forward Benja Martinez, unprecedented this season due to a shoulder injury, or the midfielder Jon Erice, as well as to the side Raúl Ruiz and Armando Ortiz.

The only absence is that of the Paraguayan Javier Acuña, who still has several days of convalescence remaining after suffering a fibula injury in the last game of the year.

Íñiguez, Miñano and Nani at La Nucía-Hércules on November 24, 2019 (3-0) JOSE NAVARRO

David sanchez, who joined the group late because he was confined by direct contact with a positive coronavirus, is available although at a slower rate than his peers, so it is likely that he is not a starter.

The duel against La Nucía also has aroma of revenge for Hercules after the painful defeat suffered last season at Camilo Cano (3-0) that unleashed a great sports and institutional crisis in the Herculaneum entity.

Hercules most likely lineup It will be the one formed by Falcón; Javi López, Tano Bonnin, Moisés, Nani; Pedro, Appin, Moyita, Benja; Benja and Buenacasa.

For its part, La Nucía faces its first league match of 2021 at the Rico Pérez stadium against the other historic team of the province from Alicante, after facing Elche in the second round of the Copa del Rey, in which they lost 0-1 last Wednesday.

With the reinforcements of attacker Aarón Ñíguez and midfielder Fer Pina, La Nucía visits the Rico Pérez stadium for the first time to face a rising Hercules after their last away win against Atlético Levante on December 13 (0-1).

A set by La Nucía-Hércules on November 24, 2019 (3-0).

La Nucía is clear that his real battle of the season is fighting in the league championship for what he needs add to the Hercules of Alicante so as not to move away from the upper part of the classification of subgroup B of group III of Second Division B.

César Ferrando, coach of La Nucía, will not be able to count on Pablo Morgado for this commitment, a player who has served two games of sanction after being sent off in the last league competition match. On the contrary, the nuciero coach could introduce Aarón Ñíguez after making his debut last Wednesday at the cup event.

With all this, the probable initial formation of La Nucía At the Rico Pérez stadium against Hercules in Alicante it could be made up of Óscar Fornés, José Mas, Pajarero, Neftalí, Hermosa, Bora, Miñano, Aarón Ñíguez, Javi Cabezas, Fofo and Juan Antonio.

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