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19 Jan 2007
Tomorrow, Deportivo will try to close the first round in la liga with a victory at the Riazor. The Galicians need to start climbing in the table after a negative end of the year 2006. A win will put them one point behind the Catalans and occupying a spot in mid-table. Caparr??s will send the same lineup that has played the last two liga games.

Coach Caparr??s is ready to repeat the same lineup that he has used during the previous two liga encounters. The squad seems to be reacting and the Sevillan will try to maintain the impulse. Aouate will be the starting goalkeeper, while Fabricio will be on the bench since Mun??a is still sidelined (muscular injury).

The defensive zone will be the same one that has only allowed one goal during the last two liga games. Joan Capdevila will play his match number 164 with the shirt of Deportivo. A lot has been said about the possible exit of the Catalan during the next summer, but first he will listen to the offer that Lendoiro will present to him during the next week. For the moment Capdevila is ready to cover the left back against his former club.

Manuel Pablo has returned to the starting lineups in 2007 and Caparr??s is satisfied with his contribution. For that reason the Canarian will continue covering the right back. The duo Arbeloa-Andrade will continue in the centre. It's probable the most competed position in Deportivo, Albert Lopo has always shined as central defender, but the solidity shown in the last two matches is forcing Caparr??s to repeat the formation. Lopo will have to see the game against his ex-club from the bench.

Midfield will be once again territory for De Guzm??n and Duscher. This couple is another of the novelties that Caparr??s introduced in the match against Real Madrid, and Depor's coach is satisfied with their work. Sergio, another ex-Espanyol player in Deportivo,  said during the week that he is unhappy with his current situation -two consecutive liga games on the bench- but he will continue to be out of the starting eleven.

Cristian will play as left winger, while Estoyanoff will cover the right. Riki and Arizmendi will continue upfront. The alternatives that Caparr??s will have on the bench are : Sergio, Adri??n, Juan Rodr?guez, Lopo, Verd??, Filipe and Fabricio. One more time, Coloccini was left out of the list, while Caparr??s preferred the option of Adri??n instead of Taborda.

Espanyol comes to this game in a good moment, the 3-1 victory over Barcelona has raised the morale of Valverde's team. The main preoccupation for Caparr??s should be the extraordinary combination between De la Pe?a, Luis Garc?a and Tamudo. The first one continues to be the director in midfield, while the combination Luis Garc?a-Tamudo has scored 12 of the 18 goals scored so far by Espanyol.

Valverde will use the same lineup that defeated Barcelona last weekend. Lacruz, David Garc?a, C?sar Peixoto and Eduardo Costa are ready to play after being injured, but only Lacruz was called for this game. Right now, the most remarkable case is Francisco Javier Chica. The 21-year-old defender was called from Espanyol B in order to cover the several absences that Valverde had in the past weeks, but his good job has impressed everybody and for that reason he  is maintaining a spot in the starting eleven.

The full list of players called for this game is: Gorka Iraizoz, Kameni, Torrej??n, Velasco, Lacruz, Jarque, Chica, Mois?s, Fredson, De la Pe?a, Coro, Rufete, J?natas, Riera, Moha, Luis Garc?a, Pandiani and Tamudo. Curiously, the Catalan club has just acquired a private jet that will be used in the journeys of the team. A plane that will be used for the first time in the trip to La Coru?a.

Before the travel to Galicia, Iv??n De la Pe?a wanted to warn about the recuperation of Deportivo during the last weeks: "They are showing a positive dynamic once again. They defeated Real (Madrid), and they have also qualified to the next round in copa. Now they are playing at home and they want to win. Without doubt, it won't be easy for us."

Deportivo: Aoaute - Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Arbeloa, Capdevila - Estoyanoff, Duscher, De Guzm??n, Cristian - Riki, Arizmendi.
Espanyol: Kameni - Velasco, Torrej??n, Jarque, Chica - Rufete, Mois?s Hurtado, De la Pe?a, Riera - Luis Garc?a, Tamudo.
Referee: Meg?a D??vila.
Kick-off: 17h00 (Riazor).

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