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FIVE IN A ROW?

11 Apr 2008
For the game against Athletic Bilbao, besides to secure the permanence, Deportivo is searching for its fifth consecutive win at the Riazor, something that doesn't occur since five years ago. Also, a report in <i>La Opini??n A Coru?±a</i> claims the attendance to the stadium has improved compared to the average of the past season.

The good moment of Deportivo during the second round in la liga is based in its performance at home, because sixteen of the twenty three points achieved within the last twelve games were conquered at the Riazor. A dramatic change since the Galicians were only able to add five points playing in this condition during the entire first round. In fact, Depor hasn't been defeated during the last six games at the Riazor: 3-1 Vs. Valladolid, 1-1 Vs. Getafe, 2-0 Vs. Espanyol, 2-1 Vs. Sevilla, 2-0 Vs. Real Madrid and 3-1 Vs. Murcia.

And now, Lotina's Deportivo is near to reach an important mark: five straight wins at home. Something that doesn't occur since five years ago. Depor has won the last four confrontations at the Riazor and a new win in the game against Athletic Bilbao will also break the best mark of Caparr??s at Depor. During the two seasons with the Sevillan coach, Depor's best mark was to reach four wins in a row at the Riazor, it was during the first four home games of the past campaign: 3-2 Vs. Zaragoza, 2-0 Vs. Villarreal, 2-0 Vs. Real Sociedad and 1-0 Vs. Atl?©tico Madrid.

In order to find a best mark, it's necessary to go back to the seasons 2002/2003 and 2003/2004, period in which the team was coached by Javier Irureta. At that time the squad achieved six wins in a row:



MORE PEOPLE AT THE RIAZOR
On Friday, newspaper La Opini??n A Coru?±a presented a report about the attendance during the present season. The report calculates that the average of spectators during this year has been of 17,734 against 16,947 on the past season. It's a small improvement, but La Opini??n emphasises that Depor still has to play four more games at home, including one against Barcelona, team that's always received with a full stadium. Therefore the average of this season will be bigger at the end.

Besides, the report confirms a positive tendency during the last two years. The season 2006/2007 started with 21,000 fans at the Riazor (Vs. Zaragoza) and ended with  7,000 for the last home match with Caparr??s at the club (Vs. Recreativo). The arrival of Lotina meant an improvement as the attendance was at least of 15,000 for each home game with the exception of the midweek match against Mallorca (9,000 spectators), and things have improved lately as the last five games have at least reported an attendance of 19,000 (Vs. Getafe, Espanyol, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Murcia).

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