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17 Mar 2012
Long list of casualties for Oltra; the Valencian coach only had 17 men available and decided to pick Juan Carlos from Fabril in order to fill the gap. The rival arrives living a difficult moment fighting to survive at Segunda.

Despite been fighting at the top, Deportivo was used to concede a lot of goals at the beginning of the season, but that has changed lately as Oltra’s team hasn’t allowed more than one goal in one single game since November (2-3 at Elche CF). As a way of comparison, Depor allowed twenty goals within the first fourteen matchdays at Segunda, while it only leaked nine within the last fourteen; a drastic change that helps to explain the leadership of the Galicians.

At the other side of the coin, CD Alcoyano leaked 19 goals in the first part of the season, but in the other half they allowed 26, reason why the Valencians are the second worst defensive line at Segunda with 45 goals received, just one less than CD Guadalajara. Still, Alcoyano is living outside of relegation thanks to the comeback before FC Cartagena on the past weekend (from a 0-2 to a 2-2 in the final 30 minutes).

Neither positive are the past visits of Alcoyano to the Riazor; the Valencian team visited twice the Riazor playing at Primera División and in both opportunities it suffered big defeats; the first one a 1-6 on the season 1948/49 with four goals scored by Franco; two seasons later the dose was a 0-4, this time with a brace of Corcuera.

Also, Depor searches for its tenth straight victory at home; the last time the team clinched a similar mark was on the season 1990/91, the same one in which Deportivo clinched the last promotion to Primera. At the time Depor clinched 13 straight victories at home between matchdays 6 & 30 of the Segunda tournament: 1-0 Vs. Avilés, 4-1 Vs. Sabadell, 1-0 Vs. Orihuela, 2-1 Vs. Xérez, 3-0 Vs Celta, 3-0 Vs. Palamós, 5-1 Vs. Levante, 3-0 Vs. Rayo Vallecano, 2-1 Vs. Athletic B, 1-0 Vs. Sestao, 2-1 Vs. Figueres, 2-1 Vs. Albacete and 1-0 Vs. Málaga.

It has been a complicate week for coach José Luis Oltra; the circumstances forced him to lose eight players and in the end, and for the first time on the league season, he had to call someone from Deportivo B in order to fill the gaps. This since the Valencian trainer only had 17 players available for the meeting. The chosen one at Fabril is Juan Carlos Real, the playmaker turned 21 on Thursday and already played in Copa Del Rey, but this could be his debut with the first team playing at Segunda División. The other novelties in the list are right winger Saul Fernandez and central defender David Rochela.

Before the past game with Guadalajara, Oltra only had the casualties of right-back defender Manuel Pablo and striker Rodolfo Bodipo, but by the end of the match disputed at the Pedro Escartín stadium he already had other three casualties.

The first two were central defender Ze Castro and left winger Diogo Salomão, the first was sent off and the second saw his fifth yellow card of the season, reason why both men are suspended for today’s match before CD Alcoyano. The other one was striker Riki, who picked a thigh problem that in the end put him at the injury room.

Then, throughout the week, the team was hit by another three casualties; the first two were left-back Ayoze Díaz and right winger Pablo Álvarez, both picked injuries during the past Friday’s training; the entered into the list that faced CD Guadalajara, but didn’t train on this week and were discarded for the game at the Riazor.

The last case is the most serious one: centre midfielder Jesús Vázquez, who broke his left fibula during Tuesday’s training session after a tough play before Fabril’s keeper Marc Martinez. He was operated and ruled out for the rest of the season. At least Paraguayan Claudio Morel passed late-test on Friday after been dragging an adductor problem and stays at the starting formation.

Miraculously, the casualties are barely affecting the starting team, because compared to the team that defeated CD Guadalajara only Ze Castro and Riki are out. So in the end the casualties are only affecting the depth at the bench, reason why Juan Carlos was picked.

 It’s expected that Oltra will continue with his 4-2-3-1 scheme; Dani Aranzubia will be at the goal; Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ covers the right-back position, Claudio Morel performs on the left side, while Canarian Aythami Artiles enters into the starting eleven in order to perform alongside Argentine Diego Colotto at the central positions.

Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez will play at the centre of midfield, Portuguese Bruno Gama will attack from the right wing, Mexican Andrés Guardado will do it from the left, Juan Carlos Valerón is the playmaker in the formation, while Lassad Nouioui returns to the centre of the attack. The Tunisian is the third best scorer at the team with seven goals in favour.

Borja Fernandez talked before the game about the situation at the standings, ”You lose a game and then you end scared, you draw another match and the rivals are all over you, so things are pretty equal, though I believe both Depor and Celta are above the competition.

Juan Dominguez was talking of the fact that Depor is winning the major part of the meetings only by one goal,“We must try to solve the matches before and not to suffer as we are doing at home. It’s something to change, because it seems that we are solving the home games only with one goal of difference. I sign to win all the games by only one goal, but it’s necessary to close the games before, before someday the points might be escaping.”

List of picked players (18): Aranzubia, Lux (goalkeepers); Laure, Colotto, Aythami, Rochela, Morel, Seoane (defenders); Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños, Borja Fernández, Valerón, Guardado, Juan Carlos Real, Saúl, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Xisco and Lassad (strikers)

Things have been tough for Alcoyano lately; three weeks ago the Valencians were destroyed at home by direct rival SD Huesca (0-3), then a fortnight ago they were playing a little derby before Villarreal B; they were leading 0-2 after just 14 minutes, but ended defeated 4-3. The team was looking broken and approached the relegation zone; for the first time in one year coach David Porras was questioned and it was rumoured that he could be sacked.

It was even commented that the president of the club, Juan Serrano, had a private conversation with the players after these two defeats. Then Porras opted for a desperate measure as he planned what he later called “need blood”, which meant to make modifications at the lineup ahead of another final, the home meeting against FC Cartagena. He made four changes that modified the performance of the team. Alcoyano could only add a point in the game, but the team left a positive impression after rescuing a point at the final 30 minutes, so it was assumed as a step forward.

Now it’s expected that Porras will make new changes trying to reinforce some aspects, but keeping the 4-4-2 figure and this renewed spirit; the doubt is who will be the starting keeper; Catalan Fernando Maestro has been the starting choice throughout the season, but Cantabrian Francisco Ramón Dorronsoro left a positive impression before FC Cartagena and the coach had admitted that he hasn’t decided yet who will be the starting choice at the Riazor.

Jorge Morcillo is one of the novelties entering at the centre of the defense as the Valencian is returning from suspension. Jorge Devesa covers the right-back position, Manuel Carrión will be performing at the left side of the defense, while the other central defender will be Jorge Rojas, who’s claiming the spot of Fernando Martín, defender that picked an injury in the previous game before FC Cartagena.

At midfield territory, Catalan Francesc Xavier Molina and Badajoz-born Francisco Miranda will try to direct the traffic of the ball, Manuel Gato, who has seven goals on the season including one before Deportivo, will attack from the right flank, while new signing Brazilian Wellington Alves, who came from Levante during the winter window, covers the left wing.

Paco Estebán, who was a starter in the match before FC Cartagena, is a last-minute casualty and his position in attack should be for David Torres, a native of Alicante that’s the current Pichichi at the team with eight goals scored so far. The other attacker should be Rafael Gómez, who has scored twice on the Segunda campaign, including one of the goals in the past match played at El Collao.

Striker David Torres talked before the meeting at the Riazor, he said that, ”We are visiting a precious scenario and it’s the perfect place to pick up the three points. You can’t ask for more in these kinds of matches; we need to have the highest level of motivation in order to leave the bottom place. The key is to clinch a clean sheet. It’s the only formula to make something pretty at the Riazor. I’m convinced we can achieve something important.”
Defender Jorge Rojas was also talking of this meeting, ”We are going to give battle to Deportivo, and if we can’t achieve the three points, then at least to add a draw, though any point is good when you are visiting the leader. We aren’t traveling there to assume the role of victim.”

List of picked players (18): Maestro, Dorronsoro (goalkeepers); Carrión, Jorge Rojas, Devesa, Morcillo, Aloisio (defenders); Xavi Molina, Álvaro Garcia, Gato, Wellington, Cañadas, Fran Miranda, Guille Roldán, Miki (midfielders); Rafa Gómez, David Torres and ‘Choco’ Lozano (strikers).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Aythami, Colotto, Morel – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama, Valerón, Guardado – Lassad.
Alcoyano: (4-4-2) Dorronsoro or Maestro - Devesa, Morcillo, Rojas, Carrión - Gato, Xavi Molina, Fran Miranda, Wellington – David Torres,  Rafa Gómez.
Referee: Eduardo Prieto Garcia (13 games on the season, 4 wins for the local team)
Kick-off: 16h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Alcoyano: 3 wins for Depor, 0 draws, 2 wins for Alcoyano (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 2 wins for Depor, 0 draws, 0 wins for Alcoyano (Primera & Segunda)



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