UD Las Palmas defends leadership of the Second Division

Enzo Loiodice looks for the ball in the match at home against Andorra, which ended in victory. / COVER

The yellows will look to El Sardinero to continue at the top of the table, something that hasn't happened for four years

Kevin Fontecha

KEVIN FONTECHA The Gran Canarian palms

Good times at UD. Anchored in the leadership of the Second Division with 11 points, it faces a
week full of challenges and motivations. It had been more than four years since Las Palmas had been in command in the qualifying table, something that they will try to expand on Sunday when
visit El Sardinero (5:30 p.m.). the islanders
they have started the course in a stellar waywithout knowing the defeat yet and only conceding one goal in the five games played.

The good work of García Pimienta, which has endowed the Gran Canaria squad with competitive muscle, is being reflected in the results. In fact, not counting the slip-up in the promotion playoff against the eternal rival, CD Tenerife, Las Palmas
they have not known defeat for 16 regular league games. A fact that places UD as one of the clear candidates for promotion to the highest category of Spanish football. So far no one has been able to get their hands on the island team.

They have won three matches: Málaga (0-4), Andorra (2-0), Leganés (1-0) and two draws, Zaragoza (0-0) and Alavés (1-1). Some numbers that place the Sports Union in orbit, silver leader with 11 points, tied, yes, with Alavés, second.
The goal difference (+7) for the islanders decides the balance.

So that,
four years later and three technicians too, UD defends leadership. At that time, after relegation from Primera, and with Manolo Jiménez at the helm, it was only on the first league matchday, where they beat Reus (2-0). Then the story was another move. The dismissal of the Sevillian coach came, the bet on the return of Paco Herrera, who did not come out either, and
the emergency call to Pepe Mel. The Madrilenian did leave a markwith a host of newcomers, some with their own names, such as Pedri or Alberto Moleiro.

Now, and after trying the ascent last year,
Las Palmas has a favorite poster, from respect to all, aware of the real level that exists in the Second Division with teams of tremendous substance. But with a lot of confidence in his full possibilities to do something great.

Because the locker room is clear that
the final stretch of the last championship was not a mirage. On the contrary, it is becoming a reality at the beginning of this new adventure. The yellow set is not going to give away anything at all. And it is already being seen in terms of results.

defensive solidity is marking the immediate future of the Sports Union.
He has only conceded one goal So far this season, the team trained by Pimienta. Only Burgos, who have not yet received one, improves the records of an Álvaro Valles who is already a confirmation in goal for the Gran Canaria team. In front of goal, lethality and effectiveness have also been improved.

More artillery in Santander

In addition, García Pimienta begins to recover troops for the next battles. Facing the confrontation in El Sardinero against Racing de Santander, the Catalan coach
recover Álvaro Jiménez and, except for a major surprise, to Vitolo Machin, who is expected in the call. Jonathan Viera will also be there, with whom he was on lead against Leganés and has already played half an hour of football. The captain will go straight to the starting eleven this Sunday.

Also
Álvaro Jiménez is expected on the list, who miraculously cut deadlines on his injury. Like Viera last day, he will almost certainly wait his turn on the bench, but having him available is a gift. For the heart and performance of him.

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