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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – ALAVÉS (COPA)

06 Jan 2021
Deportivo will try to earn some recognition and at the same time redemption as it returns to the Copa. Fernando Vázquez is pending to know the roster after a positive COVID case was detected. Alavés have already played the double of games than Depor.

Referee: Pablo González Fuertes
Kick-off: 19h00 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS: BUSY ALAVÉS
The differences between the leagues administrated by the LFP and the RFEF are always big, but it’s special on this season. The pandemic moved the RFEF to reduce the calendar and the travels of the teams, while the RFEF kept the number of matches and increased the frequency of the trips. So, at this height of the campaign the Primera and Segunda clubs are already doubling the number of games of the teams at the lower leagues.

Alavés already disputed 18 official games this season (17 in liga and 1 for Copa), that’s exactly the double than Deportivo: 9 (8 in liga and 1 in Copa). With the first round about to end at Primera, the Basques are barely surviving at the elite. They only have a three-point difference with the relegation zone after only winning four games.

This is the third time that Depor meet Alavés playing for Copa Del Rey. The first opportunity was for the season 1954/55. It was the first round and both teams were at Primera, Depor won the tie, both teams won one leg with a 2-0 score and a third game was needed, the Galicians won it playing in Barcelona (2-0). The second opportunity was for the season 1997/98, again both teams were at Primera, but it was for the quarterfinals and this time the Basques won the tie with a 3-1 aggregate score.

DEPORTIVO: RECOGNITION, REDEMPTION AND COVID
The echoes of the defeat with Celta B still tormenting Deportivo, and once again the Copa could be a medicine to raise the morale of the group. Besides, it’s a particular situation as a Segunda B team could end up eliminating a Primera club, which means recognition and minutes for the less habitual players.

Goalkeeper Lucho García understands it, “It’s very important, for me and also for many colleagues with lesser minutes. It’s an opportunity to show that you are working well and is faced with enthusiasm. It's good, especially for the changing room. If we achieve a victory, emotionally it can be very good for us in the league to go with more confidence. These competitions can also help us with the fans." He said on Monday.

But Fernando Vázquez is more worried about the COVID-19 cases detected at his team. Last week Adri Castro and Yago Gandoy were isolated, and on Tuesday it was known that another player tested positive. The club closed the training ground and the training session was suspended. The press conference of the coach was also suspended.

On Monday the coach was training a 4-4-2 formation with the novelty of Fabril’s Manu Mosquera as one of the attackers. It isn’t clear if this is the lineup to be used in the match, especially since no roster was released.

Team news: At this point five men are missing the game. Derik Osede, Miku and Borja Galan are injured, while Borja Granero is suspended. The fifth casualty isn’t known as the club didn’t reveal the name of the player that tested positive for COVID-19. The test will indicate on Wednesday if more cases are found, if there are five or more positive case, then the game will be suspended.

Man to watch: Striker Manu Mosquera. Debut for the 21-year-old attacker, he returned from his loan at UD Extremadura and has scored twice in seven presentations with Fabril during the Tercera season.

Picked players: Roster not released

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Lucho García – Valín, Mujaid, Bóveda, Salva Ruiz – Keko, Álex Bergantiños, Borges, Lara – Manu Mosquera, Beauvue.
 
ALAVÉS: ROTATIONS
It hasn’t been a good season for Alavés, the first round at Primera is about to end and the team has only won four games, but right now there’s a sense of calm surrounding the team, and this feeling is coming from the conviction that the squad is deep enough to secure the permanence. 

On Sunday, coach Pablo Machín surprised with the rotations made against leaders Atlético Madrid, and the team left a positive impression holding on their offensive arsenal and scoring the equalizer despite been with one less player, an expensive mistake at the end of the game cost the result. The team is now only two points above the pit, but the media is convinced that they are on the right track towards the permanence.

Team news: The club announced that Rubén Duarte, Ximo Navarro and Lucas Pérez ended the game with Atlético having issues, so they won’t play against Deportivo. Rodrigo Ely is also out injured, while b>Víctor Laguardia is suspended after been sent off with a direct red card against Atlético. Pere Pons is back after bene injured for three months and could have minutes in this game.

Man to watch: Striker Joselu. Lucas Pérez won’t be able to play against his former club, but another ex-Depor striker will be in A Coruña.  This is the second season at Alavés for the Galician attacker and he has scored 2 goals in 16 presentations during the campaign.

Picked players: (19) Fernando Pacheco, Antonio Sivera (goalkeepers); Alberto Rodríguez ‘Tachi’, Adrián Marín, Martín Aguirregabiria, Florian Lejeune, Javi López (defenders), Rodrigo Battaglia, Tomás Pina, Luis Rioja, Édgar Méndez, Manu García, Pere Pons, Jota Peleteiro, Tomás Tavares (midfielders); José Luis Mato ‘Joselu’, John Guidetti, Deyverson Silva & Jorge Franco ‘Burgui’ (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Sivera - Marín, Lejeune, Aguirregabiria, Javi López – Rioja, Pina, Manu García, Tavares – Joselu, Guidetti.

ARCHIVE NEWS JAN/21

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