Valencia wants to re-enter the ?top 4? at the cost of an improved Fuenla

Valencia, Apr 22 (EFE).- Valencia Basket receives an improved Urbas Fuenlabrada this Saturday in a match in which they will try to achieve a victory that will allow them to return to be among the top four classified and in which, if other results, he could already certify his mathematical classification for the ‘play offs’ for the title.

With five games to go until the end of the regular phase, Joan Peñarroya’s team is currently sixth with a balance of 19 wins and 10 losses, the same as Lenovo Tenerife (3rd), BAXI Manresa (4th) and Joventut ( 5th).

A Valencian victory and a setback of any kind would allow him to return to that top 4 while also waiting for what Real Madrid does, which is second with one more victory than these four teams and which visits the plugged-in Coosur Betis.

Valencia is the first of all the teams involved in this fight to dispute its match, so a win would ?push? Joventut, who also face Unicaja this Saturday, and Manresa and Tenerife, who visit Bitci Baskonia and Barça respectively on Sunday.

But the Valencian team arrives at this appointment warned by the two defeats it suffered last week against Betis and Surne Bilbao Basket, two teams from the lower middle zone of the classification, although this time it plays as a local, where it accumulates four months without losing.

In the case of Fuenla, like Betis, they are immersed in the fight to avoid relegation but after having won three of their last five games, the Madrid team has come out of the relegation places and now has a mattress victory.

In addition, Fuenla already prevailed in the first round in the clash that both disputed in the Fernando Martín pavilion in a clash decided with a basket by Obi Emegano with three seconds to go (88-87). The foreign player with a United Kingdom passport remains the offensive reference for the team led by Josep Maria Raventós.

Valencia faces this match after having beaten Hamburg Towers last Wednesday in the round of 16 of the European Championship and before facing French Boulogne Metropolitans 92 in the quarterfinals next week

In that match against the German team, point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic returned to play for a few minutes after several weeks out of the team due to a complicated viral process. With the presence of him and that of outsider Olivier Hanlan, the player who replaces the injured Klemen Prepelic, Peñarroya will once again have twelve players from the first team for the game.


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