The 'Jonathan Viera case' overshadows Rayo's visit to Las Palmas

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/Madrid, Oct 21 (EFE).- UD Las Palmas will seek its third consecutive victory in the League in the middle of the 'Jonathan Viera case', with its emblematic captain facing the coach, Francisco Javier García Pimienta, and against a Rayo Vallecano that has gone five games without losing but has its two starting forwards, Raúl de Tomás and Sergio Camello, in a drought.

The yellow team is experiencing the paradox of being at its best moment of the season after returning to First Division, with two wins against Celta (2-1) and Villarreal (1-2), but at the same time it is going through the most delicate moment of the locker room, with that pulse between its most talented footballer, who has just turned 34, and the Catalan coach, whom the club seems to have opted for by renewing him this week until 2025.

In the middle of this controversy, the important match against Rayo has been overshadowed. "Although it may not seem like it, we have a game on Sunday," García Pimienta himself said at a press conference on Friday, whose brief answers about Jonathan Viera reveal the deteriorated relationship between the two.

In fact, one of the news of the clash could arrive long before the ball begins to roll on the grass of the Gran Canaria Stadium with the call that will be decided by the Catalan team, which could leave out the player from the La Feria neighborhood, who He wore the colors of Rayo Vallecano in the 2013/2014 season.

On the opposite side of the scale appears the figure of another talented player like Alberto Moleiro, who could debut in the top category after overcoming a muscle injury, the first suffered by the young Tenerife attacker in his sporting career.

Otherwise, Pimienta will have almost all of its players available with the exceptions of midfielders Omenuke Mfulu and Benito Ramírez and forward Sandro Ramírez.

In front is Rayo Vallecano, which hopes to take advantage of its rival's emotional turbulence to try to put an end to the streak of four consecutive draws in the last four games against Villarreal, Cádiz, Mallorca and Sevilla.

To try to find that victory that will give him a jump in the classification, Francisco Rodríguez expects a goal from his two starting forwards, Raúl de Tomás and Sergio Camello, who have not celebrated any goals this season despite the fact that each one has more than three hundred minutes. of play on the grass.

The Almería coach recovers Ghanaian centre-back Abdul Mumin for this match, already available after serving two days of suspension, although his presence in the starting eleven does not seem likely since Aridane Hernández and the Frenchman Florian Lejeune seem fixed in the center of the defense .

The two main doubts lie in the offensive section. On the one hand in the midfield, for which both Unai López and the Argentine Oscar Trejo are options, and the other at the point of the attack since Raúl de Tomás and Sergio Camello have been exchanging ownership until now.

Probable lineups:

Las Palmas: Álvaro Valles; Julián Araujo, Saúl Coco, Mika Mármol, Sergi Cardona; Javi Muñoz, Kirian, Loiodice; Pejiño, Munir and Marc Cardona.

Rayo Vallecano: Dimitrievski; Balliu, Aridane, Lejeune, Espino; Valentin, Pathé Ciss; Isi, Trejo, Álvaro; From Thomas or Camel.

Referee: Javier Iglesias Villanueva (Galician Committee).

Stadium: Gran Canaria.

Time: 2:00 p.m. CET (1:00 p.m. in the Canary Islands).---------------------------------------

Classification: Las Palmas (11th, 11 points); Lightning (8th, 13 points)

The key: Las Palmas will try to make good possession of the ball against a much more vertical and offensive opponent.

The fact: The last time Rayo played in Gran Canaria in First Division was in September 2015 and won with a goal from Javi Guerra (0-1).

The phrases:

- Marc Cardona (Las Palmas): "The other day I heard some atrocities that were said on the networks; I think people really like to invent."

- Francisco (Rayo): "Winning in Las Palmas would be a huge joy"

The environment: The 'Viera case', from which the locker room tries to abstract itself, has marked a turbulent week for the island team. EFE




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