The keys to UD Las Palmas' assault on the playoff

Jonathan Viera controls the ball against Bastón. / cover

In the absence of just one point to certify promotion promotion, Las Palmas faces the match in El Molinón against Sporting de Gijón (Sunday, 7:00 p.m.) with morale through the roof and the blind confidence to fight for promotion to the First Division

Kevin Fontecha

KEVIN FONTECHA The Gran Canarian palms

The yellow ones carry
more than two months without losing a match and they will appear in El Molinón with high morale. These are the six keys to UD Las Palmas' climb towards the playoff for promotion to the First Division.
One point is worth the islanders to play the promotion.

From Mel to Pimienta: the relief on the bench as a revulsive

The dismissal of Pepe Mel, after falling in Fuenlabrada, marked a before and after. Despite the fact that the coach from Madrid had UD just three points away from promotion positions, the sensations were not entirely encouraging. Miguel Ángel Ramírez and the club's sports management decided to search
García Pimienta a turning point. And although it was difficult for him to start the Catalan coach, he seems to have found the exact key.

Without detracting from Mel's management, where Las Palmas found a treasure in times of change and a gray economy, the bet on the replacement on the bench has served the yellows to reach the last round of the championship with a foot and a half inside of the promotion.
This Sunday, at 7:00 p.m., the islanders must add a point to obtain the ticket to the playoff.

2. An imperial streak: 26 points out of the last 30 possible

The defeat in Gran Canaria against Girona (1-3) with the expulsion of Mujica as a key situation and seeing that the playoff was practically a utopia came in handy for a group that took off their chains. Since then, the Sports Union accumulates
26 points out of the last 30 possible. Namely,
eight wins and two draws of the last 10 championship games.

An imperial streak, briskly towards the top six, cutting points to all those above, which has earned the yellows to depend on themselves. They beat Valladolid, Leganés, Ponferradina, Amorebieta, Málaga, Mirandés, Alcorcón and Oviedo, while drawing with Eibar and Ibiza.

3. The change in goal: Valles becomes great

Valles had not played a single League match until García Pimienta took charge of the team. After the defeats against Burgos (0-2) and Zaragoza (2-1), with Raúl Fernández as goalkeeper, the coach decided to touch the goal. There Valles had a
golden opportunity and, from less to more, he has taken full advantage of it.
To the point of being decisive.

Against Mirandés (1-0) he saved a penalty that left the three points in Gran Canaria and
against Malagajust a week before
He had already saved another triumph with a save on the horn when the Andalusians celebrated the equalizing goal. He has conceded 13 goals in the 13 games he has played and has managed to leave his goal unbeaten up to five times. With his feet he looks like a midfielder and he always adds up.
Anyone takes him out of eleven right now.

4. The improvement in defense and away from home

If UD had been failing at something and exhibiting shortcomings, it was far from Gran Canaria. While with Mel only two clashes were won away (Real B and Tenerife), with García Pimienta Las Palmas he has won four duels (Cartagena, Valladolid, Ponferradina and Alcorcón). Some of them direct for the promotion playoff fight.

In defense, in addition, the yellows already offer guarantees that were not seen in the past. Coco, now injured, Eric Curbelo and Raúl Navas emerged as the Catalan's guardians. On the wings everything remains the same, with Lemos and Cardona as arrows also in attack. But the benefits have improved especially in direct duels.

5. The best footballer in Second is fine: nobody stops Viera

It was difficult for him to start because he came recovering from his knee, then they fractured a toe and he caught the coronavirus, but
Viera is flying in the decisive stretch of the calendar, as he wanted. What's more, Jonathan slung the kit back on his back and
ended up deciding the match against Real Oviedo (2-1) in another exercise against logic. Between three rivals he started and his head was cool enough to give a pass to the net when Femenías, goalkeeper of the Asturian club, jumped on him and covered all possible space.

It was the winning goal and the one that also put Las Palmas within the promotion promotion zone, thus surpassing the Asturians in the qualifying table. are already
12 goals13 if the one that in LaLiga they give to Raúl Navas, those of
Johnny, which leaves him as the team's solo top scorer. In addition, he has given
five candies in the form of goal assists.

6. A fixed eleven and players who stepped forward

An eleven more than drawn, with very clear ideas and well-defined automatisms. The loss of Enzo Loiodice, vital until then, did not diminish because
Kirian stepped forward. and no one got it from there. Sadiku also took gallons up and is the first defender.
Mfulu, recovered, is the lung in the middle. And Moleiro begins to decide matches.

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