Hercules and La Nucía open this noon (12.00) the year as far as the League is concerned with a unprecedented derby at the José Rico Pérez stadium to close the first round of group 3B of Second B. It is a match with a lot at stake and the pending accounts of the blushing precedent of the match played on November 24, 2019 at the Camilo Cano stadium with a victory for the rojillo team, which opened a deep sporting and institutional crisis in the blue and white club then trained by Jesús Muñoz.
With only 50 spectators in the Rico Pérez due to sanitary restrictions, the two teams need all three points to consolidate their respective aspirations: Hercules wants to consolidate in second place and La Nucía aspires to break its streak of four consecutive draws and to add his second win of the season to move away from the lower zone and move closer to more comfortable positions, which will allow him to fight at the end of the season for a place in the future new Pro League.
Furthermore, both sets are aware that the uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic It adds an extra pressure in the event that the competition may be interrupted if the infections continue to advance and the results of the first round are considered good with a view to the second phase of the competition.
In the big week of La Nucía, which last Wednesday faced Elche de Primera in the second round of the Copa del Rey (0-1), the two teams arrive reinforced on this ninth day. The Hercules with the recovery of players who missed a good part of the start of the competition such as forward Benja Martínez (he has not made his debut yet), right-back Raúl Ruiz and midfielders Jon Erice, Armando and Pedro Sánchez, another of those called to make a difference in the category. Only striker Toro Acuña is out of David Cubillo’s team and he will still have to wait several weeks to rejoin the group after suffering a fibula injury in the last League game of 2020 on December 13 in the visit with victory to the Atlético Levante (0-1).
For its part, César Ferrando’s team, which has started with some doubts this second season in the bronze category, has the news of ex-green-green Aarón Ñíguez, who already debuted on Wednesday in the Cup against the Elche team, and has just finished sign midfielder Fer Pina. In the red box, striker Pablo Morgado is out, serving the first of his two penalty games.
The game is televised live through the Hercules website
The match between Hercules and La Nucía that will take place this noon (12.00) corresponding to the ninth day of Second B-Group 3B will be able to be seen live through the Hercules website. Access to the broadcast is free for holders of the Compromiso card, while the rest of fans will have to pay 7.70 euros.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.