ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, May 24, 2013
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander look for their third consecutive win when they face Guadalajara on Sunday.
Racing Santander - Guadalajara
Bocanegra and the late surging Highlanders are making a push for safety in the Segunda División's closing weeks and could move out of the relegation zone with a win this weekend.
Santander will welcome 15th place Guadalarja to El Sardinero, who are unbeaten in their last three games, including a 3-1 victory over Real Murcia last week, who are tied with the Highlanders at 41 points.
Bocanegra and the Santander defense have gone nearly 200 minutes without conceding a goal and will need to continue playing tough defense if they are to avoid relegation for the second time in two years. Staying in the second division is a must for already cash strapped Santander.
19 year-old midfielder Jairo Samperio has scored in the last two matches he's played, including the game winner last week over Sabadell.
He also scored in a 2-1 loss at Almería on May 5, in which he was also dismissed for receiving two yellow cards and was suspended against Real Madrid. The Spanish U-20 player has seven goals this season, his second as a professional.
Racing will be without Gonzalo Herrero, who is still in rehab for a knee injury suffered in December and striker Andrija Kaluđerović, who was injured two weeks ago against Real Madrid's youth team.
Guadalajara comes into Sunday's match at full strength.
Oguchi Onyewu and Málaga host Deportivo La Coruña on Sunday.