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PREVIEW: MURCIA – DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

07 Nov 2011
Depor will try to clear out it’s ghosts playing away from home as it visits a Real Murcia living a great moment; Oltra recovered Bruno Gama, but won’t make changes at his starting lineup.

STATISTICS: THE KING OF THE SET-PIECES
Real Murcia is the king of the set-pieces at Segunda División, because nine of the sixteen goals scored by Los Pimentoneros were conquered after throwing a free-kick (7) or a corner-kick (2); in the end the Murcians have at least seized one set-piece action in seven of the eleven matches played so far at Liga Adelante 2011/12.

Murcia is also living an inspiring moment, with a positive streak of eight straight matches without suffering a defeat, including three wins in a row: 3-1 Vs. Villarreal B, 2-0 at Recreativo and 2-1 at FC Cartagena. However, they already lost twice at the Nueva Condomina, both defeats came against rivals targeting the promotion: 1-2 Vs. RC Celta (matchday 02) and 0-2 Vs. UD Almeria (matchday 04).

Meanwhile, Deportivo is mixing good with bad presentations, which is creating several doubts in its devoting fans as they were expecting for something else. The main problem for Los Blanquiazules is the performance away from the Riazor as they have lost three of the five visits made so far. Actually, Depor is the third club that allows more goals playing on this condition (10), mark only above Girona (12) and CD Guadalajara (13).

Besides, Depor has always faced problems when it visits Real Murcia playing in the league competition, because the Galicians have only won three times there after twenty-two visits to the old and the new Condomina stadium, though the last time they achieved the three points: 2-0 on the season 2007/08 with goals scored by Xisco and Guardado.

DEPORTIVO: PROBLEMS AWAY FROM HOME
The matches away from the Riazor continues to be a real nightmare for Deportivo; last season the Galicians only won twice playing away from La Coruña and that was one of the reasons that caused the relegation; now they already won two matches playing on this condition at the start of the season at Segunda, but haven’t been able to clear out the image of been a “soft” team when they play on the road.

And it’s that the humiliating setback at Guadalajara (0-4), plus the disappointing losses against relegation-troubled CD Alcoyano (0-2) and FC Cartagena (1-2) left the impression that the team still has a lot to do in order to be considered as a real candidate for promotion.

The curious thing is that it seems that Depor faces more problems when it visits humble clubs at small stadiums, while things look more accessible when the Galician side visits bigger stadiums or more ambitious teams, like it happened in the visits to Barcelona B (3-2) and Córdoba CF (2-0). And that’s the hope of the fans: that Depor could grow up now that visits a rival living a good moment and playing at one of the bigger stadiums in the league (La Nueva Condomina, 31,179 spectators)

For the meeting at La Nueva Condomina coach José Luis Oltra has picked Bruno Gama for the first time on the season after the right winger surpassed his endless groin problems. Ze Castro is also returning after been out for tactical reasons within the last three matches, and with Diogo Salomão also on, it means that for the first time the three Portuguese players at Depor are part of the list.

Anyway, Oltra is not planning in making changes to the 4-2-3-1 lineup that defeated Girona on the past weekend; in this sense Dani Aranzubia will defend the goal; Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ will perform at the right side of the defense, Ayoze Diaz will cover the left sector, while the central positions will be for Aythami Artiles and Argentine Diego Colotto.

Jesús Vázquez and Álex Bergantiños will perform at the pivote positions; Mexican Andrés Guardado will attack from the right wing, Salomão will do it from the left flank, Juan Carlos Valerón will be the playmaker in the formation, while Iván Sánchez Rico ‘Riki’ will be the central attacker.

Riki has scored a goal within the last three official games of Depor (two in liga and one in Copa), and if he scores in this games then he’ll be the first Depor’s player in three years that scores three times in a row in liga, the last man that did this was Ángel Lafita in March of 2008.

Pablo Álvarez received the medical okay during the week after surpassing a hamstring injury, but the winger wasn’t picked for the game. Neither Bodipo nor David Rochela were chosen for the clash. Now only three players remain at the injury room: Xisco, Manuel Pablo and Borja Fernandez; the last two could be back before the derby with Celta.

Álex Bergantiños talked before the match; he is aware that this is going to be a complicate match for Depor, ”Murcia is a newcomer that’s different to the rest; we are aware that it’s going to be tough as they have spent eight matches without losing. We must go out really focused in order to avoid what happened in other visits.”

For Riki this is a ‘must-win’ match, ”We must win, yes or yes. If we win then we will be three points away from the second place. The important thing is to win. We must go out to the pitch only thinking of that. The team is confident and we can do it. We still have to play 29 matchdays, but it’s true that the lower the distance with Celta, the better.”

List of picked players: Aranzubia Lux (goalkeepers); Laure, Seoane, Aythami, Colotto, Zé Castro, Ayoze (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Jesús Vázquez, Juan Domínguez, Bruno Gama, Saúl, Guardado, Salomão, Valerón (midfielders); Lassad and Riki (strikers).

MURCIA: OLD CLUB, YOUNG BLOOD
It can be said that Real Murcia is the most historic club at Segunda among the 22 teams competing on the present edition of Liga Adelante; the Murcian team, founded in 1908, already disputed 50 Segunda tournaments and clinched eight championships –a record in the league- As a way of comparison, Depor has spent more years at Primera, but has only played 37 times at Segunda without achieving any first place.

But the highlighted fact at this team is that ten of the sixteen goals conquered on this season were scored by players that joined the team during this summer.  As example playmaker Emilio José Sánchez, who joined the club in June coming from Recreativo de Huelva and that already scored four times, reason why he is the current Pichichi at the team.

It might be an explanation to the fact why Murcia had a poor start on this league season, because coach Iñaki Alonso lasted a month in finding the balance between the veterans that clinched the promotion from Segunda B and the eleven signings that he made during the summer window. It’s true that their recent positive results were achieved against mid-table rivals, but it must be remembered that their streak of positive results started with a 3-1 win at the José Zorilla stadium before Real Valladolid, one of the stronger rivals in the league.

Murcia is living a positive streak as it hasn’t been defeated within the last eight liga matches, but coach Alonso will be unable to repeat the lineup that defeated FC Cartagena in the past Murcian derby, because central defender Jorge García Torre is suspended, while attacker Emilio Sánchez could be a last-minute casualty due to a muscular problem.

Jorge Garcia is one of the keystones at defense, while Emilio Sánchez is the top-scorer at the team with four goals in favour. The coach will release the list of picked players until Monday after the last training session, before Emilio Sánchez will pass a late test in order to determine if he will be available for the meeting with Deportivo.

Another casualty is striker Kike Garcia, who was supposedly recovered from a periostalgia [inflammation of the periosteum, a layer of connective tissue that surrounds the tibia], but he suffered a relapse during the last training and now the doctors are talking of surgery.

In the end the lineup should be a 4-2-3-1 figure; with veteran keeper Alberto Cifuentes at the goal, former Atletico Madrid Francisco José Molinero will cover the right-back position, ex-Valladolid Óscar Sánchez will play at the left side, while at the centre of the defense ex-Racing Santander man Oriol Lozano will claim the empty spot joining Iván Amaya.

At midfield, Chilean international Manuel Rolando Iturra will play alongside ex-Tenerife Ricardo Pérez de Zabalza ´Richi´ at the pivote functions; former Real Sociedad Francisco Sutil will attack from the right wing, Pedro Antonio Sánchez will do it from the left, while veteran Alejandro Torres Román ´Chando’ will be the central attacker.

 Emilio Sánchez has been performing as the playmaker in the formation, and if he isn’t fit to play, then the spot will be for Borja González, a 18-year old kid that was signed during the summer coming from Atletico Madrid B. He could be the only youngster in a team characterized by the experience; actually eight of the eleven starters already have experience at the Spanish Primera División.

Galician defender Luciano González will be on the bench, he was commenting that, ”Deportivo is the stronger team in the league. In the end they won’t have any problem to achieve the promotion, but they would be wrong thinking that at Segunda you win the matches only wearing a shield. At home they are strong, but we know that they lower their level on the road, and let’s see if we cans seize that. In any case, this stadium is a benefit for them, because is a Primera stadium, and that’s great for players like Riki, Guardado, Valerón…”

List of picked players: It will be released until Monday.

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Murcia: (4-2-3-1) Alberto - Molinero, Oriol, Iván Amaya, Óscar Sánchez – Iturra, Richi – Sutil, Emilio or Borja González, Pedro – Chando.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Aythami, Ayoze – Ále Bergantiños, Jesús Vázquez – Guardado, Valerón, Salomão – Riki.
Referee: Pedro Sureda Cuenca (48, 2nd year at Segunda A)
Kick-off: 21h00 CET (La Nueva Condomina)
Head-to-head Vs. Murcia: 18 wins for Depor, 6 draws, 18 wins for Murcia (Primera & Segunda)
Record in Murcia: 3 wins for Depor, 4 draws, 15 wins for Murcia (Primera & Segunda)

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