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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – OVIEDO (LIGA)

18 Aug 2019
Debut in liga for Deportivo, with only a few survivors from the disaster of the playoff, but with renewed hope after the Teresa Herrera. Oviedo dream of the promotion, but the Asturians have had problems in the composition of the squad.

Referee: Daniel Ocón Arráiz
VAR Official: Gorka Sagués Oscoz
Kick-off: 18h00 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS: NEW BEGINNING AT THE RIAZOR
New season and Deportivo still trying to solidify the home results. The Galicians ended last season with 38 points in 21 home meetings, mark that was only the 7th best in the league. If they want to aspire to direct promotion then its necessary to improve these numbers, especially taking in mind the results in 2019. And it’s that Depor only won 2 of the 10 games played at the Riazor during 2019 (regular season).

Meanwhile, Real Oviedo arrive to the Riazor trying to demonstrate that they are an aspirant to promotion. And the Asturians haven’t won the first game of the regular season since 1999, time when the coach was Luis Aragonés (1-0 Vs. Celta).

A fact to have in mind is that Oviedo have been unable to defeat Deportivo within the last 13 meetings playing for Primera or Segunda División. Their last success over the Galicians was a 0-4 at the Riazor for the campaign 1995/96. Last season it was Depor the side that won 4-0 with a hat-trick of Carlos Fernández.

DEPORTIVO: A WHOLE NEW SQUAD
Depor return to competition less than two months after the traumatic defeat in the playoffs, and it does with a very different squad, only 7 of the 19 men picked for the returning game with RCD Mallorca remain at the club. There was also a change on the bench. Marti left by the back door and the new boss is Juan Antonio Anquela, the most veteran coach in the league that will try to light the way for a club navigating between depression and uncertainty, but that also saw a ray of hope in the convincing victory over Real Betis playing for the Teresa Herrera.

Team news: There are no injury concerns at the team, but Fede Cartabia is out as he is finalizing his exit from the club, while Pedro Sánchez is suspended [three yellow cards during the playoffs]. The last two additions to the team, Peru Nolaskoain and Samuele Longo, were included in the roster for the game. Fabril’s David Sánchez is also in, so the roster is composed by 20 men.

Man to watch: Gaku Shibasaki. The midfielder has put Deportivo in the eyes of Japanese fans and there are high hopes on him; especially since midfield territory was the weakest link in the last part of the previous season.

Picked players: (20) Dani Giménez, Koke Vegas (goalkeepers); David Simón, Eneko Bóveda, Vassilios Lampropoulos, Michele Somma, Luis Ruiz, Diego Caballo (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Gaku Shibasaki, Peru Nolaskoain, Borja Galán, Ager Aketxe, David Sánchez (midfielders); Borja Valle, Mamadou Koné, Christian Santos, Diego Rolan & Samuele Longo (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Lampropoulos, Somma, Caballo – Álex Bergantiños, Gaku, Borja Galán - Aketxe, Borja Valle, Koné.
 
OVIEDO: CURIOUS STATUS FOR LOS CARBAYONES
Real Oviedo always live the pressure of their fans as they consider that their team should be fighting for promotion; indeed they have ended the last three seasons at the border of the playoff zone, but realistically it’s always a young team fighting against more mature rivals with more name and resources.

The perfect example is the speech of ex-Depor Toché, who retired at the end of last season and who during the week stated that, “Oviedo is a team made to clinch the promotion”, but at the same time the striker was admitting their limitations, “With a few signings the team has had to nurture with players who had a great season at the B team, and are given the opportunity to prove that they are good players. This start is a bit unknown.”

And it’s that coach Sergio Egea has a limited squad with 21 players, 9 of them are coming from Real Oviedo Vetusta, their B squad competing at Tercera. It was the same scenario for Anquela, who was fired at matchday 34 on last season despite his team was still close to the promotion spots. And the negative surprise came on Saturday as it was revealed that the club has problems to inscribe players ahead of the first matchday.

Team news: Egea found himself in problems for the game against Depor; the Asturians have had problems with the salary cap and Alejandro Arribas, Edgard Bárcenas and Javi Fernández are out of the game as they haven’t been inscribed yet. Besides, last season’s top-scorer Joselu Moreno [knee) and right-back Lucas Ahijado (knock) are injured. Three players from the B squad are filling the gaps: Riki, Samuel Obeng and José Martínez.

Man to watch: Striker Alfredo Ortuño. He is the main hope after the injury of Joselu Moreno. The Murcian scored 17 goals with Cadiz during the season 2016/17, and since then has been battling in order to gain form. He has been a nightmare for Deportivo in the past, in the last matchday of the Segunda season 2013/14, he scored and assisted for Girona FC in their 3-1 win over Depor, just months later he moved to Granada CF, and they faced Depor in the first game at Primera for the campaign 2014/15, and once again he shone providing an assist to see his team imposing over Deportivo (2-1).

Picked players: (19) Alfonso Herrero, Nereo Champagne (goalkeepers); Diego Johannesson, Carlos Hernández, Juanjo Nieto, Christian Fernández ‘Bolaño’, José Maria Mossa (defenders); Omar Ramos, Marco Sangalli, Saúl Berjón, Borja Sánchez, Sergio Tejera, Lolo González, Edu Cortina, Riki Rodríguez, José Martínez (midfielders); Alfredo Ortuño,  Ibrahima Baldé & Samuel Obeng (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Champagne - Nieto, Bolaño, Lolo González, Mossa - Riki, Edu Cortina, Borja Sánchez, Omar Ramos – Saúl Berjón, Ortuño.

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