With just 9 matches to go in the season, it’s probably time I covered what’s going on around the rest of the league. Today I’ll start with the basement dweller of basement dwellers. Tomorrow I’ll be doing a more extensive post, but unfortunately life caught up to me and this is all that came out. Enjoy:
It’s sort of crazy to think that 2 of Hércules‘s 3 away goals came at the Camp Nou. In 14 other away matches they’ve garnered just that solitary strike, a Nelson Valdez strike that ended up earning them a point at Almeria back on October 24. Depor and Zaragoza each have 7 away goals, but in comparison with Hércules, that’s a veritable storm of scoring. Odd from a team with David Trezeguet, Abel Aguilar, Javi Portillo, Royston Drenthe, and Valdez, which you’d think would give you enough goals to at least act like you were getting out of the relegation zone. 4 consecutive losses (1-0, 1-2, 2-0, and 0-4) have dropped them to the bottom of the table, tied on 26 points with Almeria, who has them beat on head-to-head.
Where does Trezeguet hide himself on away days and where does his support go? He’s got 10 goals in the league, all at home in Alicante, but why can’t he get anything going on the road? Perhaps its that Royston Drenthe fell out with the coaching staff and management, but now the Dutchman is back…only to find Trezeguet injured. Or is it Javi Portillo’s fault for having only 1 goal this year in 20 appearances? He’s got 20 shots, which is a worse goals per shot than Cristiano Ronaldo. Shocking indeed. In assists, Tote ranks highest on the team…with 3. Hard to imagine them staying up at this rate, but at least they have 5 home matches and 4 on the road left.
How do they stay up, though? They face Racing, Sporting, and Depor at home and they’re the 14th, 15th, and 16th placed teams at the moment while they also face Mallorca and Espanyol at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez. They also travel to Sociedad (11th), Levante (12th), and Malaga (18th), so if they somehow eek out a few points there, they might survive. They end the season against Sporting, so if it comes down to that final moment, perhaps they’ll have the goods in their own stadium, but things aren’t looking like that will be the case.
Stats: 7-5-17 (25GF, 47GA); 1.43pts per home game, 0.40pts per away game. Leading scorer: David Trezeguet (10).