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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO - GIMNASTIC (LIGA)

15 Oct 2011
Oltra’s Deportivo returns to the warm of the Riazor trying to get into the path of the promotion; the coach recovers Guardado. Meanwhile, Nástic arrives struck by the injuries and with coach Oliva living at the end of the rope.

STATISTICS: THE SECOND WORST SCORER AT SEGUNDA
Gimnástic Tarragona has only scored four times in the current Segunda season; it’s the second worst mark in the league after FC Cartagena (3). This negative mark explains why both are currently the bottom two clubs at Liga Adelante 2011/12. Actually both teams drew in a goalless game during the past matchday. It isn’t a new problem for the Catalans as on the past season they just scored 37 goals in 42 Segunda matches, which was the 3rd worst mark in the competition.

Deportivo has scored ten goals so far, which seems to be a decent mark taking in mind that only seven matches have been played; the problem is that the three defeats suffered until this point have occurred after the Galicians were left scoreless, in other words Depor has been unable to avoid the defeat when is unable to score goals.

A thing to have in mind at this point is that Deportivo is four points below the first two places at the standings, which means that for the first time on the season Oltra’s team is two games away from the direct promotion spots. It’s true that the league is just starting, but the Galicians mustn’t distract from the situation at the top if they don’t want to face further complications in the quest for the promotion.

The positive thing is that Deportivo is returning to the warm of the Riazor; stadium where the Galicians have had a record of ten wins, one draw and only four defeats within the last fifteen official matches played there (13 in liga and 2 in Copa Del Rey); having a mark of twenty-three goals in favour against eleven goals allowed.

DEPORTIVO: GUARDADO RETURNS
Andrés Guardado returns from international action in order to reinforce a Deportivo’s team that urgently needs the three points in order to continue with the pursuit over the top positions at Liga Adelante. The Mexican is the current top-scorer at the team (3 goals scored) and already gave two assists, which means that he has been directly involved in the half of the liga goals scored in this start of season, enough numbers to explain his importance at Depor’s attack.

Besides, it must be reminded that on the past weekend coach Jose Luis Oltra only had two available wingers for the meeting with Alcoyano, and the ex-Atlas man is adding depth and punch into a team where even right-back Laure has been performing as a right winger.

For the game against Nástic, Oltra isn’t recovering any of the injured players from the past weekend, but the Valencian coach has received a boost as it was informed that both Bruno Gama and Borja Fernandez (both groin) will be available at the end of the month as they have shown an important progress from their injury cases.

Other five players at the injury room are Manuel Pablo, Xisco, Pablo Álvarez, Bodipo and Ze Castro; this last player is the last casualty as the Portuguese man sustaining a muscular problem during the Copa meeting with Alcoyano. Juan Carlos is also out of the list as he will play with Fabril in the important meeting with Racing de Ferrol (Sunday, 19h30 CET).

The starting lineup will experience a lot of changes compared to the past Copa match with Alcoyano, but it will almost be the same one that faced the same rival in liga. The big difference is the entry of Guardado at the right wing, which will delay Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ to the right-back position, which means the exit of Diego Seoane from the starting eleven.

About the rest of the team, Dani Aranzubia will be at the goal, Ayoze Diaz returns to the left side at defense, while the central positions will be for Aythami Artiles and Diego Colotto. At midfield, Álex Bergantiños returns in order to join Jesús Vázquez at the pivote functions; Diogo Salomão will continue at the left wing, Juan Carlos Valerón was rested in midweek and now will guide the team up front; finally Lassad Nouioui will be the central attacker.

Before the game Riki was admitting that Deportivo needs to improve a lot, ”We haven’t shown a regular line. At home we are a strong team, a squad that takes the initiative, but outside home we have those ups and downs, that lack of intensity… all the goals away from home came at the first minutes and that’s a though fact to overcome. We’ve only added 12 of 21 possible points; we could have done better, though we still fighting for the top positions.”

Alex Bergantiños, who was part of Gimnástic during the past season, was commenting the strategy of the rival, ”They are playing with three centre midfielders and have people like [Fernando] Seoane, Rodri or Longás; they are good at defense. They will try to close all the lines and later will try to hunt us through a counterattack. They organize pretty well and though they are living a bad moment, the true is that it’s difficult to score against them. Besides, they are playing better outside home. We need to score soon, because it will bring tranquility and will allow us to see things in other way, and also for the rival, because they will need to open and for us it would be easier to find the cracks.”

Finally, Colotto was saying that “For us the important thing is to win at home again and to please everybody, but we’ll face a tough rival. We have watched them and respect this team. That they haven’t won yet? It’s just a statistic, we still have to respect this team.”

List of picked players (18): Aranzubia, Lux (goalkeepers); Diego Seoane, Laure, Morel, Ayoze, Rochela, Colotto, Aythami (defenders); Jesus Vazquez, Alex Bergantiños, Valerón, Juan Dominguez, Saul, Guardado, Salomão (midfielders); Riki and Lassad (strikers).

GIMNASTIC: ANOTHER TEAM HIT BY THE INJURIES
Deportivo and Nástic are living at opposite sides on the standings, but both teams have had a common problem: the constant injuries. The Galicians have been missing between six and eight players per match, while the list of casualties for the Catalans have been between five and six per game.  The problem is that the injuries are affecting the players called to support the attack of Nástic: attacking midfielder Fernando Morán, striker Tuni, plus wingers Raul Fuster and Álvaro Rey.

It explains why Gimnástic is having so many problems to score the goals; at least Dutch attacker Berry Powel has been immune to this plague; the former De Graafschap man scored 11 of the 37 goals in favour of Nástic during the past Segunda season (the 30% of the total), and on the current campaign he has scored three of the four goals conquered by the Catalans –the other was an own goal-

The good news for coach Juan Carlos Oliva, who could be fired if his team loses this match, is that he’s recovering ex-Mallorca striker Antoni Lluís Adrover ‘Tuni’ and right winger Fernando Morán; though he has the casualties of defender Pedro Mairata, right winger Álvaro Rey (both knee), playmaker Juan Dominguez Otaegui (groin) and left winger Raúl Fuster (muscular).

In any case, neither Tuni nor Morán will be starters as they are missing match fitness; therefore it’s expected that Oliva will present the same 4-3-3 of the disappointing scoreless draw against FC Cartagena; Rubén Pérez Chueca will be the starting goalie; ex-Valencia Manuel Ruz Baños will cover the right-back position, 34-year-old veteran Carles Domingo ‘Mingo’ will play on the left side, while the central positions at defense will be for ex-Betis Arturo García ‘Arzu’ and Canarian Xisco Campos.

At midfield, the triple pivote figure will be for ex-Lugo man Fernando Seoane, ex-Zaragoza Antonio Longás Ferrer and former Hércules Rodrigo Gimeno ‘Rodri’. In attack, Oliva will improvise again at the wings as midfielder Eloy Gila will attack from the right flank, veteran ex-Rayo attacker Roberto Peragón will cover the left sector and Powel will be the central attacker.

Galician midfielder Fernando Seoane was saying before the game that, ”We are willing to achieve a good result that could change our current streak; we are visiting a tough stadium, but Deportivo is not invincible and what we must do is to make a good game in order to have a positive result. The key is to not allow too many scoring opportunities, been strong at defense and seizing their errors.”

List of picked players (18): Rubén Pérez, David Valle (midfielders); Mingo, Álex Ortiz, Xisco Campos, Ruz, Arzu, Sergio Juste (defenders); Rodri, Fernando Seoane, Moran, Eloy Gila, Longás (midfielders); Powel, Peragón, Tuni, Luna and Borja Viguera (strikers).

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Aythami, Ayoze – Álex Bergantiños, Jesús Vázquez – Guardado, Valerón, Salomão – Lassad.
Gimnástic: (4-3-3) Rubén - Ruz, Arzu, Xisco Campos, Mingo – Fernando Seoane, Longás, Rodri – Gila, Powel, Peragón.
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.
Kick-off: 16h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Nástic: 6 wins for Depor, 1 draw, 7 wins for Nástic (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 5 wins for Depor, 0 draws, 2 wins for Nástic (Primera & Segunda)

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