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20 Jun 2019
Final tie in the road to Primera; Depor want to take advantage of their current good form at home. Pablo Mari is missing the game. Mallorca arrive without casualties and searching for back-to-back promotions.

Referee: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez
Kick-off: 21h00 CET (Riazor)

Deportivo reach the final round of the playoff after clinching three straight victories, the last time they achieved four in a row was between October and November of 2013. The Galicians have also improved in defence, this after clinching 3 clean sheets in their last 4 presentations.

Meanwhile, RCD Mallorca arrive to the meeting trying to improve the impression left playing away from Son Moix. The Majorcans only won four games on the road, the last time was a 0-1 at Málaga CF (April 27), since then they suffered four straight defeats, including the latest 1-0 at Albacete, and also ended scoreless in three of those four games.

This is the first time with Depor facing RCD Mallorca in a promotion playoff, but both sides coincided in six Copa ties. Depor won five of the previous six series, the only time they failed was for the semifinals of the season 2002/03 (agg. 3-4).

2019 hasn’t been a good year for Deportivo playing at the Riazor; after thirteen home meetings in the year, the Galicians only won four, drew seven times and lost the remaining three games, a poor record that put in danger the qualification to the playoffs. But at least there was a late reaction and the good thing is that Depor arrive to the last home meeting of the season after winning the previous three games at the Riazor, so the dynamic is positive as Los Blanquiazules face the last push in what should be the best attendance of the campaign.

Team news: Pablo Mari will miss the game as he isn’t recovered from the adductor muscle injury that left him out of the tie with Málaga CF. It means that Michele Somma will continue to be a starter at the centre of the defence. The team will train on Thursday and after this session José Luis Martí will release the roster. Changes are expected as it was hinted by the coach during his press conference.

Man to watch: Striker Carlos Fernández. It was him who scored the late penalty of the recent game at the Riazor and the Andalusian striker will now lead the attack in the quest to have an advantage.

Picked players: Roster to be released on Thursday.

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Somma, Saúl García – Cartabia, Álex Bergantiños, Edu Expósito, Pedro Sánchez – Carlos Fernández, Quique González.
Dreamed season for RCD Mallorca, the tenth lowest salary cap in the league has the chance to pass from Segunda B to Primera in a matter of twelve months. And it does it keeping the base of the previous season, with the same coach and the half of the starting team been the same that played the playoffs at Segunda B. The strong point of the Majorcans is a solid defence that hasn’t’ allowed two or more goals in any of their last twelve presentations, something that’s key in a two-leg series.

Team news: Coach Vicente Moreno picked the full squad for the game. He didn’t want to confirm if striker Ante Budimir is fit to play, but it’s expected that he will start on the bench leaving  Abdón Prats as the partner of Lago Junior in attack.

Man to watch: Centre-midfielder Dani Rodriguez. The ex-Fabril was the key in the tie with Albacete Balompié and even scored one of the goals in the first-leg, now he will try to dominate midfielder territory as he did in the last game at the Riazor.

Picked players: (22) Manolo Reina, Leandro Montagud (goalkeepers); Joan Sastre, Franco Russo, Xisco Campos, Fran Gámez, Salva Ruiz, Antonio Raíllo, Martin Valjent, Pervis Estupiñán (defenders); Marc Pedraza, Salva Sevilla, Dani Rodríguez, Juan Molina ‘Stoichkov’, Pablo Valcarce (midfielders); Ariday Cabrera, Abdón Prats, Álex López, Sergio Buenacasa, Nikola Stojiljković, Ante Budimir & Lago Junior (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Reina - Joan Sastre, Valjent, Raíllo, Estupiñán – Leo Suárez, Pedraza, Salva Sevilla, Dani Rodríguez - Lago Junior, Abdón Prats.



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