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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO - ATHLETIC (LIGA 20h00)

15 Dec 2006
Caparr??s will make seven changes in the lineup, the Sevillan coach knows that Depor needs a victory in this match and for that reason he wants to see a reaction in his squad. The main novelty will be the debut of Juli??n de Guzm??n this season. In Athletic the main novelty is the absence of Etxeberria and the return of Yeste.

DEPORTIVO: TODOS A RIAZOR!
Coach Caparr??s knows that the squad needs to react. After seven matches without a victory, there's no margin for more errors. That's why the Sevillan trainer has prepared a lineup with seven modifications. The first two changes are occurring in the defensive sector. Alvaro Arbeloa will leave his roll at the right back and now he will play alongside Juanma in the centre. The Andalucian is able to play since the competition committee lifted the red card that he saw in the past game with Valencia.

The other modification in defence is the return of Manuel Pablo. The Canarian will cover the space left by Arbeloa at the right back. Joan Capdevila will continue playing on the left side, while Dudu Aouate will continue with his roll of starting goalkeeper.

Two other changes are appearing in midfield. Caparr??s will introduce a new couple that hasn't been seen in la liga: Juan Rodr?­guez and Juli??n de Guzm??n. It will be the debut this season for the Canadian midfielder, while Rodr?­guez is returning to his normal duties after being used as a playmaker and even as a right winger. Caparr??s continues to have faith in Joan Verd??, and the Catalan will direct the offensive tasks of Deportivo.

The other three changes are occurring in the offensive sector, the most critic line since Depor has only scored twice during the last seven matches. Cristian is returning after his suspension, but this time he will play on the right wing, while Riki will move his position to the left. It's the same function that the Madrilian fulfilled during the first matches in la liga.

Another player that's returning is Javier Arizmendi, the ex-Atl?©tico striker has surpassed his muscular problems and this time he will perform as striker. Arizmendi seems to have a special motivation each time that he plays against Atlhetic, he has scored two goals against the Basques, including the wining goal in his debut one year ago (2-1 at San Mam?©s). The rest of the players called up for the game are: Mun??a, Coloccini, Sergio, Adri??n, Barrag??n, Estoyanoff and Iago.

Yesterday, president Lendoiro wanted to transmit a message of serenity: "Right now what we need is serenity. Who knows me, should realise that I always trust in the coaches. Caparr??s has made a wonderful  job, how can I have doubts about him? We know that the team is living difficult moments, but the board of directors is supporting this squad until the end. We know that they have great potential."

An interesting fact is the reaction seen in La Coru?±a. The fans are conscious about the delicate moment lived by the club. The federation of pe?±as, the group Riazor Blues, and the website Riazor.org have been organising a massive movement in order to attend this match. Several e-mails, SMS and signboards in the streets have been prepared with the legend: Todos a Riazor! (Everybody to Riazor!). In this way, it's expected that the stadium will see one of the best attendances of the season.

ATHLETIC: ETXEBERRIA OUT, YESTE IN
The main novelty in the Basque squad is the absence of Joseba Etxeberria with a muscular injury. But Yeste is fine after surpassing the problems in his right leg and he is ready to play against Depor. Etxeberria is joining Pablo Orbaiz (knee), Ustaritz (knee), Tiko (groin) and I?±aki Lafuente (left eye blow) as the absences in Athletic.

Coach Jos?© Manuel Esnal 'Man?©' will probably name an unchanged squad compared to the team that achieved the first home win of the season. The only modification must be the one of Etxeberria. It's expected that Ander Murillo will replace him in the lineup. Murillo alongside Aduriz are returning to the squad after being suspended for the past game against Recreativo.

The full list of called players in Athletic Bilbao comprises: Aranzubia, Alcalde, Exp??sito, Amorebieta, Sarriegi, Garmendia, Yeste, Gabilondo, Prieto, Murillo, Urzaiz, Da?±obeitia, Iraola, Casas, Aduriz, Llorente, Javi Mart?­nez and Iturriaga.  

Ander Murillo talked before the game with Deportivo. The defender said that the bad moment of Deportivo shouldn't be a fact for despising the Galician team: "They aren't passing through a good moment as the one lived at the beginning of la liga. But we have faced other rivals in similar conditions, and they have won against us. However, we are in the middle of a positive dynamic, if we win this three points, we will reduce the distance with Deportivo. In this way we will put them in the hole. If we are able to put more teams in this mess, it will be better for us."

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: Aouate - Manuel Pablo, Arbeloa, Juanma, Capdevila - Juan Rodr?­guez, De Guzm??n - Cristian, Verd??, Riki - Arizmendi.
Athletic Bilbao: Aranzubia - Exp??sito, Sarriegi, Prieto, Casas - Murillo, Javi Mart?­nez - Iraola, Yeste, Gabilondo - Urzaiz.
Referee: Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo.
Kick-off: 20h00 (Riazor)

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