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29 Apr 2015
A final for Deportivo at the Martínez Valero. Both coaches kept the secrecy and barely revealed the plans for the game. Sidnei might be the lonely change compared to the team that played in Málaga.

By last Christmas Elche CF were the last place together with Córdoba, but now they are five points above the pit. The Valencians have added 24 points in 2015, which is the sixth best mark at Primera only below the teams fighting at the top: FC Barcelona (43), Real Madrid (37), Atlético Madrid (37), Valencia CF (34) and Málaga CF (28).

Meanwhile, Deportivo have only added 16 points in 2015 after spending winless the last eleven matchdays. Only two clubs have a worst mark: SD Eibar (11) and Córdoba CF (10). Beyond that, Depor tied the second worst club’s mark of winless games from 2010. There’s only one worst streak: 17 straight league games without a victory from the Segunda season 1987/88 (between November 1987 and March 1988).

Depor have always faced problems visiting Elche CF, Los Blanquiazules only won 4 of the 18 visits (14 in liga and 4 in Copa Del Rey). The last league victory at the Manuel Martínez Valero stadium occurred on the Segunda season 1986/87 (0-2), but the most recent win there took place in Copa Del Rey during the campaign 2008/09. It was a 0-2 win with goals scored by Riki & Bodipo (Oct 28, 2008)

The game against Córdoba CF was understood as the first “final” of the season, Depor didn’t pass the exam and former coach Víctor Fernández was fired. Now, three games later, new boss Víctor Sánchez is still looking for his first win and this clash against a direct rival turns to be decisive, especially since only four more games will be remaining after the match at the Martínez Valero.

A draw will only extend the agony, a win will increase the survival options for Depor, but a defeat will be devastating, especially if the others rivals like UD Almeria scratch some points (they have a difficult task visiting Real Madrid). Therefore there is no margin for new errors.

Víctor is aware that every second counts and decided to make a mini-concentration in Murcia, luckily for him he has all the players available with the exception of Cezary Wilk, the only player that remains at the injury room. For the first time since taking charge of the team he has no suspensions.

The players seem to have a clear picture of what’s going on too. Riera understands the game as a final, ”The next game is the game. All or nothing. We cannot wait longer as we are dropping important points. The team must be focused in every minute, following the instructions that will allow us to achieve things.”

Fabricio has the same opinion, ”We are in a delicate situation. It’s an important game and we have to give everything and also need to be effective. We know that the game has a very big importance and we see it that way.”
It’s hard to predict a lineup for the game. Víctor Sánchez didn’t give clues during his press conference and it must be reminded that he used three different schemes in his three games at the club (4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 & 4-3-3). Víctor didn’t test any draw during the sessions in Murcia, though in Tuesday’s session he reserved some time to have some minutes working behind closed doors.

The best guess is that he will repeat the lineup of the previous match in Málaga, though allowing the return of Sidnei Rechel to the centre of the defence. It means the 4-3-3 draw with Fabricio Agosto defending the goal, Juanfran Moreno covers the right side of the defence, Luisinho performs on the left and Albert Lopo joins Sidnei at the central positions.

At midfield, Juan Domínguez performs towards the left, with Álex Bergantiños doing the same on the right and Celso Borges plays at the centre. Lucas Pérez attacks from the left wing, Cavaleiro does it from the right and Oriol Riera stays at the centre of the attack after scoring in the last game.

List of picked players (26): Fabricio, Lux, David Gómez (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Juanfran, Lopo, Insua, Sidnei Borja, Luisinho (defenders), Canella; Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez, José Rodríguez, Borges, Medunjanin, Fariña, Lucas, Cuenca, Salomão, Hélder Costa (midfielders); Cavaleiro, Toché, Oriol Riera & Hélder Postiga (attackers)

Mixed feelings in Elche at this point. The victory over Real Sociedad paved the way to secure the permanence, which released the euphoria among the fans and the media. But the news coming from the office are terrible: The club could suffer the demotion due to two external issues: unpaid debts with the players/employees and an increase in the debt with the Treasury.

The first is an old issue that already blocked the signings for the winter window and that will surely happen again during the summer again. The unpaid debt with the players provoked an unseen thing as, in protest, they no longer concede press conferences before the games.

The second is menacing to send the club to Segunda B as an increase in the debt with the Treasury beyond a fixed limit automatically means a demotion according to an agreement signed by the LFP clubs. The club has until May 15 to gather five million Euros. For now José Sepulcre has resigned as the chairman of the club.

Meanwhile, the team coached by Fran Escribá prefers to focus in what’s happening inside the pitch and they see the game as a big step towards the permanence, in this sense three normal starters forced the fifth yellow card in order to avoid the visit to Atlético and to be available against Depor. Besides the coach will release the roster of the game until Wednesday as the kick-off is late at night.

The weight of the team, literally, is in the shoulders of Brazilian Jonathas de Jesús, who has scored ten goals plus providing seven assists. That’s a huge contribution for a team at the bottom; actually he’s the player that has brought more points to any Primera side with his goals: 14

It’s predicted a 4-2-3-1 lineup for the game, with Polish Przemyslaw Tyton defending the goal, Uruguayan Damián Suárez covers the right side in defence, Chilean Enzo Roco and David Lomban are the centre-backs , while veteran Domingos Cima play at the left.

Pedro Mosquera and Croatian Mario Pašalić are the centre midfielders, Víctor Rodríguez attack from the right wing, Aarón Ñíguez does it from the left, French Fayçal Fajr is the playmaker and Jonathas is the centre forward.

List of picked players: It will be released until Wednesday.

Elche:(4-2-3-1) Tyton – Suárez, Roco, Lombán, Cisma – Mosquera, Pašalić – Víctor Rodríguez, Fajr, Aarón - Jonathas
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Fabricio – Juanfran, Lopo, Sidnei, Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños, Borges, Juan Domínguez – Cavaleiro, Riera, Lucas.
Referee: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Kick-off: 22h00 CET (Manuel Martínez Valero stadium)
Head-to-head Vs. Elche: 13 wins for Depor, 7 draws, 13 wins for Elche (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Martinez Valero: 4 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 10 wins for Elche (Primera & Segunda)



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