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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – RAYO VALLECANO (LIGA)

20 Jun 2020
Deportivo need the victory and the coach seems determined to keep the system. Rayo Vallecano arrive in a good moment and trying to keep the results during the games.

Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
VAR Official: Rubén Ávalos Barrera
Kick-off: 17h00 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS: NEGATIVE STREAK
Deportivo have now spent six games without winning, currently it’s the second- worst streak in the league only behind CD Numancia (9). It’s a worrying situation as this is the defining stretch and without victories Depor won’t be saved.

Meanwhile, Rayo Vallecano arrive to the meeting in the middle of the fight for the playoff places. The Madrilenians are the kings of the draw after adding 17 draws in 33 matches. A curiosity is that they have chained six straight draws playing on the road.

Rayo Vallecano have been unable to defeat Deportivo in their last 12 visits to the Riazor. Their last success in A Coruña occurred for the Segunda season 1988/89 (1-2). But the Madrilenians have rescued a draw in 5 of their last 6 visits to the Galicians.

DEPORTIVO: KEEPING THE SYSTEM?
Coach Fernando Vázquez said after the game at Real Oviedo that he was disappointed for how Deportivo is playing after the pause, but two days later he didn’t want to confirm if he will make the switch; actually on Friday he tested a system with three centre backs that included the return of Javi Montero and the presence of Uche Agbo at midfield.

Team news: Vázquez picked the same players of the past game with Real Oviedo. The only difference is that Javi Montero is back after been rested, while Abdoulaye Ba is out as Rayo Vallecano is his parent club. Three players remain at the injury room: Jorge Valín, Somma and Jovanović. Juvenile keeper Alberto Sánchez will be the goalie on the bench.

Man to watch: Striker Sabin Merino. The Basque coach scored a great goal at the Carlos Tartiere, it was his fifth on the season and the first after his good streak in January. Now Depor needs a new scoring streak in order to return to winning ways.

Picked players: (23) Dani Giménez, Alberto (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, David Simón, Mujaid Sadick, Javi Montero, Luis Ruiz, Salva Ruiz (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Peru Nolaskoain, Uche Agbo, Gaku Shibasaki, Ager Aketxe, Víctor Mollejo, Emre Çolak, Hugo Vallejo, Keko Gontán (midfielders); Mamadou Koné, Borja Valle, Christian Santos, Claudio Beauvue & Sabin Merino (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (5-3-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Mujaid, Nolaskoain, Montero, Salva Ruiz – Uche Agbo, Gaku, Çolak – Beauvue, Sabin Merino.
 
RAYO VALLECANO: TRACKING THE PLAYOFFS
Rayo Vallecano were one of the favourite teams to be fighting for the first places, but it has been hard for the Madrilenians as their last presence among the top-six clubs occurred in October. The main problem for coach Paco Jémez is that his team has been struggling to keep the results. After the draw with Cádiz CF, match in which they allowed a late goal, Rayo have now dropped 9 points after allowing goals starting at minute 80, it’s the third worst mark in the league only behind CD Lugo (11) and Racing Santander (13). They are only one point below the sixth place, but need to keep the advantages if they want to have the chance to clinch the promotion.

Team news: Top-scorer Leo Ulloa is out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury back in February. Apart from that, Jémez has two casualties for the game. The main one is right-back Luis Advíncula, who is suspended after picking a fifth yellow card in the victory over Fuenlabrada CF. The other casualty is midfielder José Ángel Pozo, who is out with a muscle problem. Meanwhile, midfielders Isaac Palazón and ex-Fabril Joni Montiel are back from suspension.

Man to watch: Winger Jorge de Frutos. The 23-year-old loanee from Real Madrid has only played nine games as a starter on this season, but he came out from the bench twice since the break and a left a very positive impression, especially in the last game with Fuenlabrada CF as he helped to define a meeting that seemed condemn to a boring goalless draw.

Picked players: (23) Stole Dimitrievski, Roberto Santamaria, Miguel Morro (goalkeepers); Roberto Román, ‘Tito’, Alejandro Catena, Esteban Saveljić, Emiliano Velázquez, Martín Pascual, Antonio Milić, Antonio Luna, Saúl García (defenders); Mario Suárez, Santi Comesaña, Óscar Valentín, Jorge De Frutos, Isaac Palazón, Álvaro García, Joni Montiel (midfielders); Andrés Martín, Óscar Trejo, Dani Moreno, Yacine Qasmi & Juan Villar (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Dimitriesky – Tito, Catena, Saveljić, Saúl – Santi, Mario Suárez - De Frutos, Óscar Trejo, Andrés Martín – Qasmi.

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