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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – UD LAS PALMAS (LIGA)

11 Apr 2016
Important game to pave the way towards the permanence. Víctor faces problems in defence, while the rival arrives after a surprising resurrection that leaves them close to secure the continuity at Primera.

STATISTICS: THE KING OF DRAWS
The draw at Balaídos meant the 16th for Deportivo on this season. The Galicians are now only one draw away from the historic record at Primera set by six teams: CD Málaga (1971-72), RCD Mallorca (1989-90), Real Burgos (1989-90), Rayo Vallecano (1992-93), Racing Santander (1996-97) and RD Espanyol (1997-98).

Víctor’s Depor are recovering the previous form after adding four of the last six points in dispute, but it’s better the form of UD Las Palmas, side that has won five of the last six games and that has chained three straight away victories for the first time in their history (Primera). For this reason both sides are comfortable living at mid-table and practically a victory in this game will guarantee the permanence.

The Canarians have only won 4 of their 19 visits to Depor playing for a league competition, they won the last one playing at Segunda (1-2), but only picked a point in the previous six visits only scoring two goals in those meetings and allowing thirteen.

DEPORTIVO: SECOND FINAL
Only four games are remaining in the schedule that will be played at the Riazor, and with two of them been against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, it means that this is one of the last two big chances to pick up three golden points that will practically secure the permanence.  A win won’t mathematically certify one more year at Primera, but the fact of reaching the forty points would make big part of the job.

For the game coach Víctor Sánchez has big problems in defence, keeper German Lux got injured in the derby with RC Celta, while centre-back Alejandro Arribas and left-back Luisinho are suspended. The second player at the injury room is goalkeeper Fabricio Agosto.

The coach will keep playing with a 4-4-2 draw. He assured that it was already decided who will be the starting goalie, but didn’t confirm it in the press conference. The most probable thing is that it will be Manu Fernández, who replaced Lux at Balaídos.

Juanfran Moreno keeps playing at the right side of the defence, Fernando Navarro performs on the left, then Albert Lopo enters into the formation in order to join Sidnei Rechel at the central positions.

Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera are the centre midfielders, Fede Cartabia attacks from the right wing, Fayçal Fajr does it from the left, then Luis Alberto and Lucas Pérez are the centre midfielders.

Right-back Manuel Pablo and striker Jonathan Rodríguez were picked for the game in order to cover the gaps on the bench, but centre midfielder Juan Dominguez and winger Jonás Gutiérrez weren’t included into the roster for the match.

Borges, who’s coming after scoring with his national team and in the derby, was warning about the rival, ”They arrive living a good moment. They have improved and have a balanced squad, but we are confident for the way we trained on this week and for how things are going for us.”

List of picked players: (18) Manu, Pletikosa (goalkeepers); Manuel Pablo, Laure, Lopo, Sidnei, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Celso Borges, Mosquera, Cartabia, Cani, Fayçal Fajr (midfielders); Oriol Riera, Lucas Pérez, Jonathan Rodríguez & Luis Alberto (attackers)

LAS PALMAS: RESURRECTION
UD Las Palmas ended the year 2015 with a 4-1 win over Granada CF, result that pulled them out of relegation. In the following games they returned into the pit and coach Quique Setién was facing problems to find a playing style and also faced disciplinary issues inside the squad, all of this was inviting to think that the permanence was a chimera, but things radically changed recently after winning 5 of the las 6 games. In the end the Canarians have won 6 of the 14 games disputed in 2016 and suddenly are about to clinch the permanence.

The simple formula for this surprising improvement is a collective work of a team that have chained three straight 0-1 wins visiting tough opponents like SD Eibar, Villarreal CF and Real Sociedad. The Pio-Pio squad is no longer a soft team in defence and from there has found the aim of William José and Jonathan Viera, the latter forgiven after some discipline issues. And the results brought confidence and self-esteem, so it should be understood as a dangerous and very different rival to the chaotic team of the first round game.

Setién has a problem for this game and it is the suspension of William José, the top-scorer at the team (8). He will only present one change compared to the 4-1-4-1 formation that bet Valencia CF on the previous weekend.

Javi Varas is the keeper, David García covers the right side of the defence, Dani Castellano performs on the left, ex-Deportivo Aythami Artiles and Mauricio Lemos are the centre-backs.

Roque Mesa is considered to be one of the best players at the team; he has renewed his contract and will be the lonely pivote. Moroccan Nabil El Zhar attacks from the right wing, ex-Depor Momo does it from the left, Jonathan Viera and Pedro Tanausú ´Tana’ are the playmakers, then Argentine Sergio Araujo is the only modification appearing as a centre forward.

It has been a disappointing season for Araujo, who has only scored three goals on this season, all of them in 2015. So the offensive responsibility will be upon the shoulders of Jonathan Viera, who has scored 7 goals and provided 7 assists on this season (2 goals and 3 assists within his last 5 appearances)

All eyes will be upon Juan Carlos Valerón, who returns to the Riazor for the second time in this new stage at the Canarian team, but there are other former players of Depor at this team, starting with Aythami Artiles, who during the week admitted that both teams face the meeting with a more calmed approach, ”There’s tension, but we don’t have that nervousness for been in relegation. Whoever wins at the Riazor will be on track for the permanence."

List of picked players (18): Raúl Lizoain, Javi Varas (goalkeepers); David Simón, Mauricio Lemos, David García, Aythami Artiles, Pedro Bigas, Dani Castellano (defenders); Vicente Gómez, Momo, Roque Mesa, Montoro, Valerón, Tana, Francisco Perdomo ‘Nili’ (midfielders); Sergio Araujo, Jonathan Viera & Nabil El Zhar (attackers)

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Manu – Juanfran, Sidnei, Lopo, Navarro – Cartabia, Borges, Mosquera, Fajr – Lucas, Luis Alberto.
Las Palmas: (4-1-4-1) Varas – David García, Aythami, Lemos, Castellano – Roque – Zhar, Tana, Viera, Momo – Araujo.
Referee: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Kick-off: 20h30 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Las Palmas: 17 wins for Depor, 6 draws, 16 wins for Las Palmas (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 11 wins for Depor, 4 draws, 4 wins for Las Palmas (Primera & Segunda)

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