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UD Almería off to Burgos with plenty of enthusiasm and energy!

The Rojiblancos are in a position where they can control their own fate and be virtually certain of play-offs participation

Challenges are part of UD Almería's DNA this season and the Rojiblancos will go all out for their 22nd victory in the championship this campaign, a circumstance that the team has only achieved twice throughout its history, on both occasions they actually ended up earning promotion to the top flight; in the 2012/13 season they collected 74 points following 22 wins and won promotion via the play-offs with Javi Gracia in the driving seat while, in the past 2006/07 season, with coach Unai Emery being at the helm of the Indalicos, they made it to the Primera Division through automatic promotion in the second place with 80 points and 24 victories. With that in mind, head coach Rubi and his side will seek in Burgos that number of 'talisman' triumphs that would undoubtedly continue to leave UD Almería in a privileged situation with four games to go until the end of the season, since they would depend on themselves and not on the other direct rivals’ results in the tight race for automatic promotion to the LaLiga Santander.

Suffice it to say that hosts Burgos CF will not make things easy for the visiting team from the south-coast given that their goal of staying up has already been met and with ‘great’ numbers’ as Rubi acknowledged in the match preview; They are the team that has conceded the fewest goals (9] by far playing on home soil and only three teams (SD Eibar, Real Zaragoza and Real Oviedo) have managed to beat them at El Plantío Stadium this season till now.

Iñigo Eguaras, after completing the one-game ban over accumulation of yellow cards, is up for grabs so only crocked players Martos, Nieto and Chumi will miss out, although the Laracha-born centre-back is completing training in good spirits. This Friday evening, the team has been training at the Juegos Mediterráneos. On Saturday, first thing in the morning, they will be jetting into Burgos (Castile and Leon) on a charter flight. The match will kick off at 8:30pm (CEST) and from one hour before, UDA Radio and Dipalme Radio will broadcast live the usual media coverage through the Club's official radio station.