Almeria vs Hercules by Isaiah
Almeria is coming after a draw away to Ponferradina to a fairly balanced match. Although they were twice back to the score, they had an equal number of responses and managed not to lose further ground in the battle of the top of the standings.
Good for them that also the other favorites for promotion lost points, as both Elche and Villarreal drew, so they maintained the distance of three points from the top. However, although the requirements are high this season, for the second in a row away game showed the same defensive weaknesses.
As for today's game, the conditions are different again Hercules, and there is no other result than victory. Midfielder Rafita (2 games played) is out injured, the same with defender Pellerano (3 games played).
Hercules is in a bad situation, after the heavy home defeat against Barcelona B with the score of 0-3, in a game that they were totally unable to get something. First movement of their administration was to call coach Mandia and discuss to sack him, Mandia agreed to withdraw from Hercules but despite momentarily agreement, the high compensation to be paid is not approved of by the board, so the situation remains vague.
However, a large portion of their fans have totally lost confidence in their coach and players, demanding immediate sacking of the coach. Certainly nobody expected this season easy for them, as almost half team departed during summer and they have now a very thin roster. Defenders Juanra and Sergio Diaz are both out injured, the same with striker Braulio (4 games, 1 goal).
Certainly Almeria has a good chance to take all three points, and they are fairly given as favorites by the odds.
Bet: Almeria Win @1.61 with Bet365