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03 Feb 2017
Garitano makes two changes as his Deportivo targets the first victory in 2017. Víctor has injury problems at Betis and relies in his defensive system with three centre-backs.

Referee: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Kick-off: 20h45 CET (Riazor)

Real Betis have a comfortable lead of ten point with relegation and lately it had a lot to do with the defence, because the Andalusians have only conceded three goals within the last six liga meetings, only Alavés and Barcelona match that mark.

But what Los Verdiblancos need to improve is their visiting record, because they have lost in seven of their nine visits so far and only grabbed the three points in the games at Valencia CF (2-3) and CA Osasuna (1-2).

Meanwhile, Deportivo keep improving with their home record. The Galicians have only lost one of their last six home meetings (2-3 Vs. Sevilla) and have added seven of the last nine points disputed at the Riazor. A thing to have in mind is that Betis have only lost once in their last nine liga visits to A Coruña, it was a 1-0 win for the season 2007/08 with a goal from Guardado. To have in mind that the Andalusians already lost there on this season playing for Copa Del Rey (3-1).

Deportivo sail in safer waters in la liga thanks to the poor record of the teams in relegation, while coach Gaizka Garitano is also calmer as he sees that the crisis with the injuries is over, but his team remains winless in 2017 and clearly needs a boost in order to avoid  complications at the standings, and the Riazor is the best boost for a team that has won 3 of the last 6 home meetings and that faces a rival that’s only four points above them.

For the game Garitano is planning changes on the left side, with Luisinho returning after been out in the past game and going directly into the starting eleven. In front of him Kakuta is set to debut as a starter performing on the left wing. The rest of the team should be the same one that lost before SD Eibar.

Team news: Fayçal Fajr will return to train until Monday after taking part in the African Cup of Nations tournament. Everybody else was available for the game and therefore the other three players out are tactical decisions: right-back Laure, centre midfielder Álex Bergantiños and attacker Marlos Moreno.

Man to watch: Winger Gaël Kakuta. The Frenchman is expected to debut as a starter in this game, he played a few minutes against SD Eibar and left positive feelings. Garitano was concerned with his fitness, but ended convinced after watching him on action during the trainings. The left wing has given problems to Depor lately and Kakuta seems to be the natural choice to fix the situation.

Picked players: (19) Tytoń, Lux, Roef (goalkeepers); Juanfran, Arribas, Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho, Navarro (defenders); Borges, Pedro Mosquera, Çolak, Guilherme, Carles Gil, Kakuta, Ola John, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Joselu & Florin Andone (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Tytoń – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Luisinho –Borges, Guilherme – Carles Gil, Çolak, Kakuta – Andone.

BETIS: THE 3-5-2
Since Víctor Sánchez Del Amo landed at Betis he implemented the system with three centre-backs. It cannot be said that things have been perfect as the team only won 3 of the 7 league games with the ex-Depor coach on board, but it must be admitted that lately it is working out as the Andalusians have only leaked three goals within the last six meetings. It has been the support of a team struck by the casualties affecting the offence.

Team news: Centre midfielder Darko Brašanac was surprisingly recovered from a shoulder problem and entered the roster, while Jonas Martin is also in after surpassing an adductor problem. But still, the team has significant casualties as striker Toni Sanabria (quadriceps), winger Joaquin (knee sprain), centre-back José Carlos (groin), fullback Cristiano Piccini (muscle), winger Álvaro Cejudo (Soleus) and centre midfielder Felipe Gutiérrez (knee) are all out of the game. Winger David Hinojosa from Betis B was picked in order to complete a roster with 19 men.

Man to watch: Striker Rubén Castro. Despite the age -he is already 35- the ex-Depor attacker keeps scoring goals and leads an attacking line hurt by the casualties. Truly he has been scoreless in his last three league appearances, but already accumulates eight goals in favor and two assists. With Joaquin and Sanabria out, Betis need him more than ever before.

Picked players: (19) Adán, Dani Giménez (goalkeepers), Manu Herrera, Rafa Navarro, Pezzella, Bruno, Mandi (defenders); Tosca, Álex Martínez, Durmisi, Petros, Brašanac, Jonas Martin, Hinojosa, Rubén Pardo, Dani Ceballos, Nahuel (midfielders), Álex Alegría & Rubén Castro (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (3-5-2) Adán – Mandi, Pezella, Bruno – Nahuel, Petros, Pardo, Ceballos, Durmisi – Álex Alegria, Rubén Castro.



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