B team probably won't get a lot of attention this week, certainly not the attention it deserves, but the Mini Submarine takes on Las Palmas at the Mini Estadi on Saturday, sort of an appetizer to the
n derby to follow at the Mestalla.
Julio Velasquez's men continue to play well and are ten points above the relegation zone and a season-high 13th in the table, so should be safe as long as the first team can so its part in remaining in the Primera! On paper this is a very even matchup, except that Las Palmas are coming in with no wins in six matches and only three road wins all year. The islanders have the second-highest average attendance at home (though 10,000 hardly looks impressive in their cavernous stadium) but struggle before away crowds. Of course, Villarreal's B team plays before the smallest home crowds in the Segunda, so....
: The Pio Pio were a regular presence in the Primera for many years, but since the late 1980s have been mostly a Segunda team---which certainly doesn't help the strained budgets of other teams in the division having to fly ...