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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO - VALENCIA (LIGA 22h00)

06 Jan 2006
Deportivo will meet Valencia for the third time in two weeks with the intention of recuperating the lost step in la liga, Caparr??s will use the same lineup presented in the last copa match, the only novelty is the entrance of Sergio replacing De Guzm??n. Valencia travel to La Coru?±a with the absences of Kluivert and Mista.

DEPORTIVO: SERGIO FOR DE GUZMAN
The Galicians will try to continue with the good run that has left them qualify to the semifinals in copa del rey, for this reason the coach Joaqu?­n Caparr??s will use the same lineup presented in Mestalla on Wednesday, the only modification is the presence of Sergio replacing De Guzm??n in midfield, the Canadian is suspended for accumulation of yellow cards.

The absence of Andrade who still injured will cause the continuity of the duo Coloccini-Juanma in the center of the defence. Manuel Pablo will play in the right side and Capdevila on the left. Duscher will be the partner of Sergio in midfield. Munitis will continue to perform on the left wing while V?­ctor returns to play on the right.

The offensive couple will be a novelty, Javier Arizmendi will play as second striker and the youngster Senel will search the goals. A combination that worked out in the last copa confrontation. Trist??n will be relegated once again to the bench while Gallardo could debut with his new team.

Joaqu?­n Caparr??s said previous to the match that his team should be focused in la liga, he also believes that the score of this game will be a narrow one: "It will be a mistake if we are thinking in the semifinals of the copa at this point, we must remember that all the matches that we already played against Valencia have been decided in narrow scores."

The Sevillan coach called for the support of the fans and also to respect the rival, an important fact after the latest incidents happened at the Mestalla: "Valencia, his coach and players deserves a good environment and let's hope that our fans will receive them with peace, although they will be cheering us during the game. I'm also hoping to see a good, open and disputed confrontation."


VALENCIA VILLA AND AIMAR IN THE LINEUP
The absences in Valencia are the suspended Marchena and Baraja while Ayala, Kluivert, Vicente, Mista and Edu are injured. The novelties in the starting lineup are Aimar's return and the presence of Hugo Viana replacing Baraja. Navarro will continue in the defensive central positions covering the absence of Marchena.

The real problems for the Valencians are in the striking zone, the duo Pablo Aimar-David Villa is the only combination possible since Mista and Kluivert are injured. For that reason the youngster Pablo Hern??ndez was called up for the game. The other men available will be Butelle (goalkeeper), Curro Torres and Carboni (defenders); Fabio Aurelio, Rufete and Jorge L??pez (midfielders).

Valencia's coach, Quique S??nchez Flores analysed the situation that his team will face: "Both teams are in similar positions and I think that this will be an equal game. We hope to maintain the dynamic of the last three months. The squad must do a really good job since the rival is a strong team too. I believe that a victory will be very important to us since it will create a good distance with Deportivo in the table."

Flores also talked about the absences of Mista and Kluivert: "It was one of those training sessions in which you end with a bad taste of mouth. Both men get injured yesterday and we hope that their problems aren’t serious." The coach also said that he's waiting a hot environment at the Riazor: "I imagine a complicated stadium, full of a revenge desire, it will be a continuation of the last episodes, but the people has only a secondary roll. The protagonists are the players and we trust in their response."

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: Molina - Manuel Pablo, Coloccini, Juanma, Capdevila - V?­ctor, Duscher, Sergio, Munitis - Arizmendi, Senel.
Valencia: Ca?±izares - Miguel, Navarro, Albiol, Moretti - Regueiro, Albelda, Hugo Viana, Angulo - Aimar, David Villa
Referee: Rubi?±os P?©rez.
Kickoff: 22h00 (Riazor)

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