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PREVIEW: GETAFE – DEPORTIVO (21h00, LIGA)

03 Jan 2009
First game of 2009 for Getafe and Deportivo, both teams are trying to reach the European places and a victory will be a boost for their aspirations. Lotina is thinking in keeping the same squad that defeated Recre, but he has the doubt of Bodipo.

STATISTICS: JUST ONE WIN OVER DEPOR
After eight Primera confrontations against Deportivo, Getafe has only achieved one victory over the Galicians. It occurred on the season 2006/2007 as the Madrilenian side defeated Depor with goals scored by Nacho and Manu Del Moral (2-0 at matchday 08). The rest have been four victories for Deportivo and three draws. However Depor has only picked the three points at the Alfonso P?rez coliseum once, it was for the season 2005/2006 with goals of Xisco and V?ctor (2-1 at matchday 28).

This should be understood as a confrontation against a direct rival, currently Getafe is six points under Deportivo and the squad coached by V?ctor Mu?oz is just coming after suffering a 2-5 defeat against last place Osasuna, result that’s the worst defeat ever for the Madrilenian side after spending the last five seasons at Primera Divisi??n.

The record of Getafe at home could be considered as ?neutral’, the squad from Madrid has won the same number of matches that have been lost there (3), while it has scored and allowed the same number of goals (11). The three defeats suffered by Getafe at home during this season were: 1-2 Vs Atletico (matchday 04), 0-3 Vs Valencia (matchday 10) and 0-2 Vs Sevilla (matchday 11).

Meanwhile, Depor has only added eight points as a visitor, but six of those points were achieved within the last four games played away from the Riazor: 3-0 at Betis (matchday 09), 1-4 at Atl?tico Madrid (matchday 11), 1-0 at Almeria (matchday 13) and 0-3 at Valladolid (matchday 15).

DEPORTIVO: NO ROTATIONS
Coach Lotina has decided to maintain the same squad that crushed Recreativo Huelva in the last match of 2008, this no matter that in midweek Depor will face Sevilla for Copa Del Rey. This also means the second time in the season in which the Basque manager repeats a starting eleven for two straight games in la liga.

Daniel Aranzubia will continue to be the goalkeeper, the defensive line will be composed by Manuel Pablo at the right-back position, Filipe on the left spot, while the duo Z? Castro-Albert Lopo will cover the centre. In midfield Lotina will continue to trust in Sergio and Juan Rodr?guez will play alongside the Catalan.

Joan Verd?? was doubtful during the week due to a knee problem, but he’s fit to play and will perform in the playmaking function. Angel Lafita and Andr?s Guardado will cover the wings and in attack Lotina will continue taking advantage of the good moment lived by Rodolfo Bodipo, the Guinean scored the decisive goal in UEFA against Nancy-Lorraine and is coming to this game after conquering his first goal in this liga season against Recreativo. However Bodipo might end out of the game after suffering a lumbalgia case during Saturday’s training, it was even feared he would be left in A Coru?a, but in the end he traveled to Madrid. In case Bodipo is not ready for the encounter, Riki or Omar Bravo will take his place.

Catalan Joan Verd?? talked about the game during an interview at Riazor.org, ?We know it is going to be a difficult game, because they have a pretty strong squad. However, we are living a very solid moment and there’s nothing better than to start the year with a victory. They have players that could decide a game at any moment, it is going to be a complicate match for us.?

The game will be special for Riki, the striker played at Getafe between the years 2004 and 2006, the Madrilenian said that Depor has a chance to win the encounter, ?I have good memories from Getafe, it gave me the chance to play at Primera and later to make the jump to Deportivo. I have good friends over there. It’s a team that practices good football and that tight the things at home. They would like to achieve the win again after the defeat on the past matchday. We can win, but we need to go there focused and thinking we can win if we are able to keep the pace of the last matches.?

Juan Rodr?guez was also saying that Getafe will be a tough opponent, ?We know the players that Getafe has at its squad, and also the position they are currently occupying, it is going to be a complicate match.? Later the Andalusian midfielder was mentioning what’s the key to keep the good results coming, ?We must continue doing the things as we did until now, game by game and giving our best effort every day. What we can’t do is to change, because this is how we have reached the places where we are now.?

Lotina has just called one extra defender for the game: Piscu, this because Diego Colotto and Laure weren’t picked for the match due to technical reasons, neither Pablo ?lvarez nor Gustavo Mun??a nor Antonio Barrag??n, this last player was officially inscribed on Friday after the exit of Aouate. Meanwhile the only two players at the injury room are Mista and Pablo Amo.

List of called players (19): Aranzubia, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Manuel Pablo, Z? Castro, Lopo, Filipe, Adri??n L??pez ?Piscu’ (defenders); Sergio, Juan Rodr?guez, Antonio Tom??s, Lafita, Guardado, Cristian, Verd??, De Guzm??n, Valer??n (midfielders); Bodipo, Omar Bravo and Riki (strikers).

GETAFE: FINDING ITS PLACE
After 16 matchdays, the Madrilenian side still trying to find its ?natural’ place on the liga season, the squad coached by V?ctor Mu?oz has only suffered five defeats in the tournament, but it’s also true it has only conquered five triumphs, too little to aspire to Europe. What worries the most is the inconsistence presented by the team, problem emphasised by the fact that Getafe hasn’t won yet two straight matches on the current campaign.

And this can be noticed in the last four presentations in la liga, because Getafe shined when it defeated Real Madrid at matchday 13 (3-1), but one week later the Madrilenian squad fell down after been surpassing Villarreal with a 3-0 score, in the end the match ended 3-3. Then they returned to destroy Mallorca (4-1), but just one week later, they suffered the historic 2-5 at Pamplona, defeat that’s the worst setback in Primera for Getafe.

Maybe the main problem is at the striking zone, despite having a number of goal that can be considered as decent (23, actually they have scored three more goals than Depor), the record is too little for a team aspiring to Europe and with the gunpowder of Getafe. And its’ that Ikechukwu Uche (3), Roberto Soldado (3), Manu del Moral (3), Kepa Blanco (0) and Joffre Guerr??n (0) have just added nine goals to the count, actually a midfielder, Juan Angel Alb?n, is the current Pichichi at the squad with five goals scored so far.

For the game against Depor, there are three changes in the lineup compared to the squad that lost at Osasuna, the main modification in the 4-4-2 scheme is the return of Javier Casquero after surpassing an ankle sprain. The ex-Racing will regain his place in midfield alongside Polish Eugen Polanski, his entry will cause a double move: ex-Real Madrid Esteb??n Granero, who covered the absence of Casquero in Pamplona, will play at the right wing replacing Cosmin Contra who will now delay his position to the right-back.

Other important change is the return of Juan Angel Alb?n, the Uruguayan winger wasn’t an starter against Osasuna due to a pubalgy, and now it seems he will replace Roberto Soldado playing alongside Manu del Moral in attack. However this move isn’t sure to happen since Alb?n is not totally fit and Soldado might end keeping his place in the formation.

The other modification is the return of Pedro Mario Alvarez ?Mario’ to the centre of the defence, the Tenerife-born man is replacing Turkish Ibrahim Kas who suffered a blow during the last training. The rest will be the normal squad, with Argentines Roberto Abbondanzieri at the goal, Lucas Licht at the left-back position, and ?Cata’ D?az alongside Mario at the centre of the defence. Finally ex-Valencia Jaime Gavil??n will cover the left wing.

Cosmin Contra said during the week that Getafe is anxious about a new win after the setback with Osasuna, ?Sure, it’s that the latest defeat has been painful, so after a series of pretty good results, we faced a very bad first half at Pamplona, and the 0-4 was difficult to overcome. What happens is that the team gave the face in the second part.?

Midfielder Adri??n Gonz??lez, player that barely appeared during the first round, said that Getafe is feeling the pressure in order to achieve a victory, ?After the game at Pamplona, there’s no other way than to achieve a win in this game. For this reason we are working hard in order to face the game against Deportivo.? Later he analysed the kind of game practiced by Lotina’s squad, ?I believe their system is a little tricky, they display a very tactical game, playing on both wings where they are dangerous. But what they know to do best is to occupy the free spaces and there’s where they can be harmful.?

Who was despising the level of Depor was David Cort?s, ?It’s normal to see them having confidence in themselves, but to talk about a title in liga… I don’t know, I believe they are far from the three or four best teams. We know they are a squad that’s doing a good job, that they have a good team, that they know how to play and that made pretty things on the past year, but we will try to defeat them no matter they are strong.?

The casualty of Ibrahim Kas is not the only one affecting the Madrilenian team at this point of the season, other absentees for the game are left back Frank Signorino (foot fracture), keeper Oscar Ustari (knee ligaments) and defender Rafael L??pez ?Rafa’ (thigh), while Fabio Celestini (knee) could be back into the list of picked players tough he won’t be a starter.

List of called players: Not released

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Getafe: Abbondanzieri - Contra, Cata D?az, Mario, Licht - Granero, Casquero, Polanski, Gavil??n – Alb?n or Soldado, Manu del Moral.
Deportivo: Aranzubia - Manuel Pablo, Lopo, Z? Castro, Filipe - Sergio, Juan Rodr?guez - Lafita, Verd??, Guardado - Bodipo
Referee: Fern??ndez Borbal??n
Kick-off: 21h00 (Alfonso Perez coliseum)
Record Vs Getafe: 4 wind for Depor, 3 draws, 1 win for Getafe (Primera)
Record at Getafe: 1 win for Depor, 2 draws, 1 win for Getafe (Primera)

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