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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – SABADELL (LIGA)

17 Sep 2011
Oltra has seven casualties for the match, but targets a new victory in liga with an in-form Lassad; the rival is a Sabadell that arrives as the leader of the league, but it’s a team that still has to demonstrate its potential.

STATISTICS: OFFENSE VS. OFFENSE
The match represents an interesting confrontation between two teams with offensive power; Sabadell is the current leader at Segunda División thanks to its three wins in three matches, and big part of this success is coming from the nine goals that the Catalans have scored so far; it is the highest mark in the league. Meanwhile, Depor has scored five times in the competition, but including the Copa clash with Girona, the Galicians have scored eight goals within the last two official games. Definitely the spectator at the Riazor can expect to see some goals on this clash.

For some people it’s quite surprising to see Sabadell at the top of the table as it is a recently promoted club from Segunda División B, but the true is that these kinds of situations are common on this league; actually last season Granada CF achieved the promotion to Primera despite the Andalusians were a recently promoted club from the lower division.

The head.to-head between Depor and Sabadell is pretty equal in a general sense, but this is one of those series in which the home condition has a big impact in the possible result. The Catalans already visited La Coruña in 26 opportunities playing for Primera and Segunda, and they were only able to add the three points in four opportunities, and the last time they did it was forty years ago in the Primera season 1966/67 (1-0).

DEPORTIVO: LASSAD TARGETS A MARK
Striker Lassad Nouioui is living a solid moment after scoring six goals within the last two official matches of Deportivo, he scored four times in Copa Del Rey against Girona and four days later he added two more in the liga meeting with Barcelona B. Now he is targeting to score a goal for the third straight time during an official match.

And the last time that a Depor’s player did this was between February and March of 2008 as right winger Ángel Lafita scored three goals within matchdays 25 & 27 at the Primera tournament 2007/08 (2-0 Vs. Espanyol, 2-1 Vs. Sevilla and 2-2 at Valencia).  However, the Tunisian is far from the historic mark at the club.

The historic mark at Deportivo belongs to Walter Pandiani, who scored at least one goal during eight straight official matches. It was between matchday 01 & 06 of the liga season 2003/04, period that included the Champions League matches against AEK Athens and PSV Eindhoven. The Uruguayan man started his streak on August 31, 2003 with the winning goal against Real Zaragoza (1-0) and ended on October 4 with one of the five goals in the 5-1 victory over Atletico Madrid.

But right now all eyes are on another issue: the plague of injuries. The last confirmed casualty is Xisco, who still dragging an adductor injury from the past meeting with Hércules CF. The other six men at the injury room are Manuel Pablo, Saul, Bruno Gama, Pablo Álvarez, Borja Fernandez and Riki.

A lot of things have been said regarding the large number of injury cases in this start of season, the thing that’s clear is that the club is keeping silence on the issue. The papers and radios have been insisting in facing the doctors of the club, but so far the officials have denied the possibility to give a press conference and explain the situation. Another issue without an official explanation is the case with the license of coach José Luis Oltra. The conflict with Vecindario persists and Oltra will still have to watch the match from the stands.

In order to fill up the gaps, Depor’s coach has been forced to pick the discarded players at the first team; in this sense Claudio Morel, Diego Seoane and Rodolfo Bodipo were included in the 19-men list for the match; playmaker Juan Carlos Real was also included for the first time on the season; the 20-year-old player was the decisive factor on the past game of Depor B and now he earns  a chance at the first team.

The lineup will be the traditional 4-2-3-1 draw; with Dani Aranzubia at the goal, Laure will cover the right-back position, while Ayoze Diaz holds the spot on the left. The central defenders will be Diego Colotto and Aythami Artiles. Jesús Vázquez and Alex Bergantiños will perform at midfield.

Once again Oltra will have to improvise on the wings, without a natural right winger the coach will move Andrés Guardado to this position, this after the Mexican scored a goal and gave two assists in the match at Barca B. Meanwhile, Diogo Salomão will attack from the left flank, Valerón will be the playmaker in the formation and Lassad will perform at the centre of the attack.

Aranzubia talked before the meeting; he was telling to reporters to forget on the injuries and to focus on the rival. “If we think of the injuries, then Sabadell might end picking up the points. Sabadell is the leader at Segunda and we must be focused on them. They will put things difficult to us. Surely they weren’t expecting to be at the top as they were targeting the promotion, but they are in form and will be a difficult rival. We won’t win all the home matches, but can’t lose too many points at the Riazor. It is important to continue with the streak of goals scored.”

Meanwhile, Laure was commenting that, “I believe this is an important match against a rival with confidence. I am here in order to be a starter, but the coach is who decides. I want to keep playing and help the team. It’s true that we have some casualties, but we have a deep squad for this and it shouldn’t be an excuse.”

Finally, Ayoze Diaz was confessing that he isn’t at 100%, but assures that he is fit enough to play, “Well, I still feel pain, but I am fine and ready to play if the coach wants it. The coach asked me and I told him that I am ready. It’s difficult to play when you feel pain, but the footballers must do it for the good of the team. As long as I can help the team, I will do it.”

List of picked players (19): Aranzubia, Lux (goalkeepers); Laure, Ayoze, Morel, Seoane, Colotto, Aythami, Ze Castro, Rochela (defenders); Jesús Vázquez, Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez, Valerón, Juan Carlos, Guardado, Salomão (midfielders); Lassad and Bodipo (strikers).

SABADELL: FIRST BIG TEST ON THE SEASON
CE Sabadell is a recently promoted club from Segunda B that’s targeting the permanence at Segunda División, but the Catalan team has suddenly found itself living at the top of the table after clinching three straight victories in the first three matchdays.  Many people are already referring to them as the revelation on the league, but the true is that Sabadell still has to prove that the present situation isn’t a coincidence.

And it’s that the three victories of Sabadell were hard matches for Los Arlequinados; first to all to mention that the rivals on those meetings aren’t among the stronger teams in the league-Huesca, Villarreal B and Cartagena- then to remember what happened on those matches, because the Catalans started losing in all the three games, and in the first two –at home against Huesca and the visit to Villarreal B- they just took the advantage in the scoresheet within the final five minutes.

And now they face their big first test on the season, which is to play at the Riazor against Deportivo La Coruña, one of the favourite clubs to clinch the promotion to Primera División. So, despite the season is just starting, this match will clearly indicate what to expect from them during the rest of the tournament.

Striker Manu Lanzarote was clearly explaining that Sabadell’s players are still trying to determine where they are going to be during the season, ”"It is a matter of finding our challenges and goals. The season will tell us where we should be for our own merits. The games will tell us where we deserve to be. Some people believe that we should be thinking of the 41-point mark in order to save ourselves, I am one who thinks that we can get 60 or 65 points, which we need to achieve the promotion, but we must go slowly and game by game "

For the meeting at the Riazor coach Lluis Carreras Ferrer is having new casualties; he already had the case of midfielder Albert Puigdollers (hamstring). And the latest cases are defender David Bermudo (hamstring) and striker Alejandro Cruz (groin). Midfielder Juan José Ciércoles ‘Juanjo’ (groin) is already recovered, but he wasn’t picked for the trip to La Coruña.

On Thursday it was informed that central defender Jesús Olmo (muscular contusion) was going to miss the clash at the Riazor, but he passed a late test and now he will be a starter. It must be commented that Sabadell is traveling with nineteen men as midfielder Fito Miranda is doubtful due to a leg knock.

In the end the coach will keep using a 4-3-2-1 scheme, probably it will be the same squad that defeated Cartagena on the past weekend with the novelty of Asturian Samuel Baños Cardín claiming the place of Puigdollers at the centre of the pitch.

Madrilenian David de Navas will be at the goal; Óscar Ramírez will cover the right-back position, ex-Sevilla Manuel Redondo will cover the left sector, while the central defenders will be Jesús Olmo and former Espanyol player Antonio Lao Doña.

The trio at the centre of the pitch, will be composed by Samuel, veteran - Héctor Simón Escudero and ex-Espanyol David Pérez Arteaga.  ex-Cadiz Aarón Bueno will attack from the left flank, Manuel Lanzarote ‘Lanza’ will cover the right wing and the central attacker will be French Thierry Alain Florian.

List of picked players (19): David De Navas, Iván Gómez (goalkeepers); Manu Redondo, Òscar Ramírez, Toni Lao, Jesús Olmo, Pablo Ruiz, Yann Songo´o (defenders); Samuel Baños, Hèctor Simón, David Pérez Arteaga, Fito Miranda, Juvenal Edjogo-Owono, Eneko Fernández (midfielders); Aarón Bueno, Florian Taulemesse, Nabil Baha, Joaquín Rodríguez and Manu Lanzarote (strikers).

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Aythami, Ayoze – Jesús Vázquez, Álex Bergantiños – Guardado, Valerón, Salomão – Lassad.
Sabadell: (4-3-2-1) De Navas - Oscar Ramírez, Olmo, Toni Lao, Redondo - Héctor Simón, Arteaga Samuel- Aarón Bueno - Lanza – Florián.
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (25, third year at Segunda)
Kick-off: 18h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Sabadell: 20 wins for Depor, 12 draws, 20 wins for Sabadell (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 17 wins for Depor, 5 draws, 4 wins for Sabadell (Primera & Segunda)

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