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11 Oct 2014
Depor reached the second break in the league as the bottom club. Five statistics explain the situation: the soft defense, the problems in the aerial game, the lack of scoring chances, poor home record and the problems with the style.

Poor start in the league for Deportivo; after seven matchdays the Galicians are now the bottom club after suffering four straight losses. The fans already doubt in the potential of the team and in the abilities of the coach. There are five stats that illustrate the reasons why the team is having this low performance.

1- The soft defense: Depor have only clinched one clean sheet and already conceded 19 goals, which is the worst mark at Primera División and it’s the worst mark at the club since the season 1955/56, at the time Los Blanquiazules had conceded 20 goals in the league competition. A hoping stat is that last season Rayo Vallecano had already allowed 21 goals at the same stage of the tournament and managed to clinch the salvation.

The worst part is that Deportivo is very weak defending all the types of attacking moves made by the rival. Starting with the fact of been the Primera team that allows more shots per game (13.9). Later it’s the team that has allowed more goals through shots from outside the area (4), besides it already allowed 6 goals through headers –the highest mark in the league- and also face problems trying to contain the counterattacks from the rival and the set-pieces.

2- Problems in the aerial game: Diakité and Sidnei were signed in order to increase the aerial power of Deportivo, however the Galician outfit continues to be very weak in this department. The average of aerial duels won per game is only 13, only FC Barcelona present a lower average (10).  This problem reduces the opportunity to win the long throws in attack and increases the possibility of allowing goals in aerial plays. Just to realize what happened in the last game at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Depor conceded 9 corner-kicks and Sevilla CF scored twice in these kinds of plays and also hit the woodwork once.

3- Lack of scoring opportunities: The 8 goals scored by Depor so far represent a decent mark, but it also hides a problem: the inability to create scoring chances. Deportivo have only created 37 goal opportunities after 7 matches, which is the second lowest mark in the league, only above Granada CF (35). The Galicians also present the second worst average of shots per game (7.9), once again only above Granada CF (7.3). This lack of ability decreases the possibilities of winning the games and just put more pressure on the defense. The stat saving Depor is the shoot accuracy, which is 58%, mark only below Sevilla CF (63%) at Primera División.

4- Poor home record: The chances to survive at Primera are passing through a solid performance at the Riazor, on the last two relegations the team had a very poor record at the Riazor and the path is the same now. After three home meetings los Blanquiazules only picked a point and it was thanks to a last-minute penalty. Only Levante UD have lost all their home meetings and five clubs remain winless at home: UD Almeria, Córdoba CF, Elche CF, Levante UD and RC Deportivo.

5- Absence of a playing style: During the pre-season it was understood that Víctor Fernández was building up a team that was going to play offensive football, but that style hasn’t showed up yet. Beside to the poor stats at the moment of creating scoring opportunities the team is also having problems to have the ball, which is one of the requirements to play offensive football. And it’s the average ball possession of Depor is only 46.2%, which is only above the average of other five teams: SD Eibar (45.2%), Elche CF (43.4%), Granada CF (42.6%), Levante UD (41.5%) and RCD Espanyol (41.5%)



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