Squad news


09 Sep 2018
Big game in a Riazor that remains under construction. Natxo González loses three attackers, but Cartabia and Carles Gil are in.

Referee:Gorka Sagués Oscoz
Kick-off: 20h45 CET (Riazor)

In the past four Primera seasons, Deportivo only won 20 of the 76 league matches played at the Riazor. That means only a 26% of success, which indicates why the club struggled to survive at the elite and why is now back at Segunda División. As in the past two experiences of the team at the second tier, Depor want a solid run at home that could pave the way to a quick return to the elite.

For the season 2011/12, the home record was stellar. Depor added 56 points at the Riazor through 18 wins and 2 draws and only losing once. For the campaign 2013/14, the home performance was a little more discrete, though it was still solid. Depor added 33 points at the Riazor through 8 wins and 9 draws only losing four times.

Meanwhile, Sporting Gijón visit the Riazor after adding 7 points in the first three games. The last time the Asturians visited the Riazor they lost 1-2 (October 1, 2016) and that result cut an unbeaten streak against Depor that lasted 18 years: 5 wins and 5 draws in 8 meetings at Primera and 2 at Segunda División.

The first home game on the season is coming in the middle of a weird environment. The unfinished improvements to the roof of the Riazor are causing to see the 25% of the season ticket holders to be relocated inside the stadium, while there won’t be a huge presence of away fans in the meeting, which is a big deal as normally the Sporting fans organize big trips to A Coruña. A small group of 300 away fans are expected to attend (getting the tickets through a program of la liga) against the 5,000 that some papers in Gijón were estimating.

Meanwhile, coach Natxo González has witnessed how his strikers have fell down in a matter of one week. Christian Santos is in international duty, while Borja Valle and Quique González sustained injuries during the last game at CD Tenerife. So, the only natural striker available is Carlos Fernández, who just joined the team. The coach is also concern as some men have not even played at the Riazor yet. And it’ that men like Domingos Duarte and Didier Moreno have not even stepped into the Riazor in their life and they are going to play as starters for the home team.

It’s expected that the coach is going to bet in Carlos Fernández for the striker role and with Michael Krohn-Dehli acting as a playmaker. There are expected changes too in defence as Pablo Mari should start before Eneko Bóveda.

Team news: Carles Gil passed a late test on Saturday and was included in the roster for the game, though it’s expected that Krohn-Dehli will start in his place. Fede Cartabia returns after missing two games and is set to start. Borja Valle and Quique González are the players at the injury room, while Christian Santos is concentrated with Venezuela. Gerard Valentín, Michele Somma and Saul García are the players out for tactical reasons.

Man to watch: Michael Krohn-Dehli. The Danish midfielder will perform as a playmaker, a position that hasn’t shone after Natxo started to use the 4-3-1-2 system. The road to defeat one of the main rivals in the league is passing through a link that could feed the attackers against a defensive line that has only conceded once.

Picked players: (18) Dani Giménez, Ortolá (goalkeepers); David Simón, Bóveda, Pablo Mari, Domingos Duarte, Diego Caballo, Sebastián Dubarbier (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Edu Expósito, Pedro Mosquera, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Vicente Gómez, Didier Moreno, Pedro Sánchez, Carles Gil, Fede Cartabia (midfielders); Carlos Fernández (attacker)

Predicted lineup: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Pablo Mari, Domingos Duarte, Caballo – Vicente Gómez, Mosquera, Didier Moreno – Krohn-Dehli – Cartabia, Carlos Fernández.

There were doubts during the pre-season after Sporting failed to get the promotion during the last playoff. Fears that the best players could leave and the team was going to lose potential. In the end, and despite the departure of men like Fede Barba, Sergio Álvarez and Carlos Castro the salary cap only passed from €11.7 million to €10.9 million.

It allowed them to keep a block trained by Rubén Baraja. Now the Asturians are considering as one of the most solid blocks in the league (together with Zaragoza and Oviedo), while the relegated sides are still trying to assemble a united squad. The game is seen in Gijón as a first exam in order to determine if their aspirations should be as high as many are predicting.

Team news: Baraja surprised as, despite announcing he was out, ex-Depor Roberto Canella was picked for the game. Winger Pelayo Morilla also recovered in time and is in. But striker Nick Blackman (soleus), midfielder Isma Cerro and left-back Javi Noblejas (both muscle) are out for injury reasons. Centre midfielder Robin Lod is concentrated with Finland national team. Sporting B members Christian Sánchez and Neftali Manzambi were picked for the game.

Man to watch: Carlos Carmona. The centre midfielder that’s currently acting as a right winger and that’s the soul of this Sporting. After seven years at the club, the Majorcan is the most in-form attacker at the team and the set-piece taker. He is coming after scoring a penalty against Extremadura UD.

Picked players: (18) Diego Mariño, Christian Sánchez (goalkeepers); Francisco Molinero, Jean-Sylvain Babin, André Geraldes, Canella, Mathieu Peybernes, Cristian Salvador, Álex Pérez (defenders); Isaac Cofie, Hernán Santana, Carlos Carmona, Álvaro Jiménez, Nacho Méndez, André Sousa (midfielders); Uroš Đurđević, Neftali Manzambi & Pelayo Morilla (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-1-4-1) Diego Marino – Geraldes, Álex Pérez, Babin, Molinero – Isaac Cofie – Carmona, Santana, Andre Sousa, Álvaro Jiménez - Đurđević



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