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ANALYSIS: THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 8

19 Feb 2013
Deportivo need to overcome an eight-point difference in order to clinch the permanence; for it the Galician team at least needs to clinch eight victories in the last fourteen matchdays of the liga competition.

Complicate picture for Deportivo in the remaining games of the Primera season; the Galicians are currently the last place at the standings after only adding 16 points in 24 matchdays. The victory of CA Osasuna is leaving the salvation eight points away, a frontier now marked by Real Zaragoza.

Precisely, eight is the magic number for Deportivo and Fernando Vázquez, because the new coach of Deportivo has targeted eight more wins in order to clinch the permanence. It would mean to end the season with 40 points; three points below the normal mark considered as the target for the salvation, but in the opinion of the coach it would be enough for the mission.

Deportivo still have to play fourteen games in the league tournament; precisely eight of those encounters will take place at the Riazor: Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, RC Celta, Real Zaragoza, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, RCD Espanyol and Real Sociedad. The six remaining games are away meetings: FC Barcelona, RCD Mallorca, Levante UD, Real Betis, Real Valladolid and Malaga FC.

According to the logic of Fernando Vázquez, any failure at home would force Depor to earn the points away from the Riazor, something that hasn’t been accomplished on this season; always remembering that a ninth victory would secure the permanence. Still, it’s a tough mission; after all Deportivo have only clinched three victories so far and it now needs the triple to complete the miracle.

STATISTICS: A GOOD PRECEDENT FOR DEPOR
Within the last ten seasons at Primera, 56.67% of the clubs that were in relegation after matchday 24 clinched the permanence on that year.  It’s a positive precedent for Deportivo that invites to be optimistic. The most notorious cases are the ones of Lotina’s Depor and RCD Mallorca on the season 2008/09. On the campaign 2007/08, Depor were the 18th place at Primera after matchday 24; Los Blanquiazules had 24 points in favour and Lotina’s team made a remarkable second round adding more than the double of points to reach the 9th place (52).

That Deportivo was the first team in la liga that played a European competition after ending the first round in relegation. Similar was the feat of RCD Mallorca one year later as the Majorcans passed from the 18th spot to the 9th position, also thanks to a great reaction in the second part of the tournament.

The mirror of Deportivo must be the cases of Real Zaragoza and Malaga CF. The Aragonians were the last place at the standings at matchday 24 of the past season, having one less point than the current mark of Depor, and Los Maños precisely added eight victories within the last fourteen matchday to end saved at the 16th place (43 points).

One season before, Malaga CF were the last place after the first 24 matchdays as they had only added 20 points, and the Andalusians also clinched eight victories within the last fourteen matchdays and ended saved at the 11th spot having 46 points. So, the last two last places by matchday 24 were able to save themselves, but there’s also a warning: the previous eight last places at the same height of the competition ended at Segunda División.

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