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SUMMARY: THE FIRST ROUND OF DEPORTIVO

21 Jan 2015
Depor ended the first round with ten defeats in nineteen games and only one point above relegation. Víctor Fernández’s squad is the second worst team in terms of chances created and only the defense brought good news.

The end in the first round of la liga brings more bad news than good news to Deportivo. The main positive reading is that, for the first time in the last three participations at Primera División, the Galician outfit is out of relegation at the end of the first round, though in this case Depor are only one point above the drop zone and only have three more points than bottom place Granada CF.

Deportivo lost ten of the nineteen games disputed in the first round. In three opportunities the team allowed four or more goals: 2-8 Vs. Real Madrid (matchday 04), 1-4 at Sevilla CF (matchday 07) and 0-4 Vs. FC Barcelona (matchday 19). Meanwhile the team only won four matches: 1-0 at SD Eibar (matchday 04), 3-0 Vs. Valencia (matchday 08), 1-0 Vs. Elche CF (matchday 15) and 1-0 Vs. Athletic Club (matchday 17).

The goal for the season is to achieve the permanence and in the first round the Galician team only spent four matchdays in relegation, one of them as the bottom club (matchday 07). The team only scored 14 goals, which is the third worst mark at Primera División, only above Granada CF (11) and Levante UD (13). At the same time the team allowed 31 goals, a mark that it isn’t impressive as it is only the number 15th in la liga

But the mark of goals allowed is deceiving, because the team allowed nineteen goals in the first seven games, and only twelve in the other twelve meetings, including the four goals received from FC Barcelona. The latest improvement in defense can be noticed seeing the number of clean sheets. Because Depor clinched eight clean sheets so far, a number only improved by FC Barcelona (12) and Real Madrid (9).

IN DEPTH STATS
Of the 31 goals allowed in the first round, 11 were headers (35% of the total), which is the fourth worst mark in the league, only above Levante UD (11), Elche CF (9) and Córdoba CF (8). An interesting fact is that, despite the large number of clean sheets, Depor is a team that allows a lot of shots per game. Los Blanquiazules allow 12.9 shots per game, which is the fourth highest average in the league.

So, big part of the defensive solidity has to do with the saves made by the goalkeepers. After the first 19 games Fabricio made 30 saves and Lux made 20.  Their combined number of 50 saves is only below the mark of Eibar’s Xabi Irureta (55 in 19 games) and Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla (51 in 19 games).

The offensive stats are really poor, starting with the fact that Deportivo only created 109 goal opportunities, the second worst mark at Primera only above SD Eibar (98). Later to notice that the Galician outfit is also the second worst team in terms of shots (170). Only Córdoba CF have a worse number (168).

At least the shoot accuracy is the sixth highest in the league (48%), only below Sevilla CF (58%), Real Madrid (58%), Atlético Madrid (51%), FC Barcelona (51%) and Villarreal CF (50%). Only in six matches Depor had a better ball possession ratio compared to the rival. Finally, the team attempted 6,741 passes (14th mark at Primera) and the accuracy was 75% (11th mark in La Liga).

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