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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – CELTA (LIGA)

13 Nov 2011
The Galician derby is finally here; Oltra doesn’t have any injury concern, though loses Guardado. Juan Dominguez is having his big chance. Celta arrives living its best moment on the season and with a starting squad with six Galicians.

STATISTICS: THE BEST OFFENSE
RC Celta is the best offensive line at Liga Adelante 2011/12; so far Los Celestes have scored twenty-three goals, ten of them within the last four clashes; it’s the main weapon of a team that has entered into the promotion zone thanks to its latest four straight victories: 4-0 Vs. SD Huesca, 2-0 Vs. Girona CF, 3-2 at Villarreal B and 1-0 Vs. FC Cartagena.

Meanwhile, Deportivo has added seven of the last twelve points in dispute, which isn’t a bard mark, but the performance has been irregular, reason why the team has been criticized by both the fans and the media. I any case, Los Blanquiazules arrived to the matchday only separated from the promotion zone by the goal difference.

This is the Galician derby No. 105 disputed under the format of a normal league competition; Celta has the advantage in the series with 41 wins against 38 for Depor; the visitors have also claimed the three points in its last two visits to the Riazor: 0-2 (season 2005/06) and 0-1 (seasons 2006/07).  However, Depor is demonstrating to be a solid rival when it plays at home; so far Oltra’s team has added 13 of the 18 points disputed a the Riazor, which is the fourth best mark in the league, only below Hércules CF (15), Real Valladolid (15) and CE Sabadell (14).

DEPORTIVO: THE BIG CHANCE FOR JUAN DOMINGUEZ
Playmaker Juan Dominguez Lamas was always considered as a promising player with a bright future, but the true is that since his promotion to the first squad in 2009 he has faced big problems to adapt to the team; just to mention the fact that in two seasons and a quarter he has only been a starter in liga in seventeen opportunities; it was expected that he was going to have more chances at Segunda, but so far he has only completed 72 minutes in six matches and without been a starter.

Now a gap is opened for him as Jesús Vázquez is suspended and Oltra is forced to make chances at the pivote positions for the first time after twelve matchdays, and the Pontedeume-born boy will claim the spot in non-other than the highly expected derby with RC Celta, so he will compose a Galician midfield as his partner will be Álex Bergantiños. The last time Juan Dominguez was a starter in a league game was on May 15 as Depor was visiting Barcelona in the penultimate matchday of the past season, and it was also an emergency solution as both Guardado and Juan Rodriguez were injured.

Oltra is also forced to make another modification as Andrés Guardado is out in international duty, and it’s expected that Saul Fernandez will claim the spot at the right wing. The Asturian is another player without too many opportunities on the season; he hasn’t played yet as a starter on this season (only 249 minutes); actually Saul hasn’t been a starter in liga since ten months ago, his last appearance in this condition was on January 8 as Depor was trashed by FC Barcelona at the Riazor (0-4). In any case, the ex-Elche winger has showed good things during the minutes that he has played on this season.

No novelties are expected in the rest of the usual team of Oltra; Dani Aranzubia will be at the goal, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ will cover the right-back position, Ayoze Díaz will defend the left sector. The commented couple Álex-Juan Dominguez will perform at the centre of the pitch. Saul will attack from the right flank, Diogo Salomão will do it from the left, Juan Carlos Valerón will be the playmaker and Riki the central attacker.

Oltra has been boosted on this week as for the first time on the season there are no injured players at the team; Manuel Pablo was the last man that got the medical okay, though Depor’s trainer opted to left him out of the list of picked players. The other players out due to tactical reasons are Ze Castro, Bodipo, Morel and Xisco, while the main novelty is that Borja Fernandez was picked for the first time on the season, therefore he could have his first minutes on the season during the second half.

Colotto talked before the match, the Argentine defender was pointing out that the goal is the promotion, ”The reward for the fans is to achieve the promotion, not to win a derby; but anyway we all want to win and hope to offer a victory to the fans, also that it could be a good show and that everything could be fine.”

The ex-Atlas man was also giving the keys to achieve a victory, ”What we want is to score first and then manage the game, because what matters is to win. The true is that people don’t valorise if their team plays good or bad during a derby, what they want is to win. We must be careful with their counterattack as Celta has vertical players.”

Finally, Riki was talking of what he lived during the week, “People see you in the street and told me that it’s fundamental to defeat Celta, besides the coverage in the media is interesting. No matter Deportivo and Celta are at Segunda, this still to be a derby of Primera. We aren’t as good as people wanted, people were expecting more from us, but neither are as bad as some people think. Tomorrow we´ll play before a full stadium and we want to bring the victory to our people.”

List of picked players (18): Aranzubia, Lux (goalkeepers); Laure, Seoane, Colotto, Aythami, Rochela, Ayoze defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez, Borja Fernández, Valerón, Salomão, Bruno Gama, Pablo Álvarez, Saul (midfielders); Riki and Lassad (strikers).

CELTA: GALICIAN POWER
The golden years of RC Celta at Primera División are gone; the club from Vigo has spent the last four years at Segunda and saw how its budget has been reduced to nine million Euros, while the attendance to Balaídos has been drastically reduced; at this point the number of socios barely surpasses the number of 14,000. In this sense the club has been forced to tighten its belts and search for players at their own base.

And it has been worthy; Celta currently has eleven Galician players at its first squad, beyond false nationalism it means eleven players promoted from Celta B, which has brought quality at a reasonable price. Last season Celta was the leader at Segunda at some point of the first round, but a terrible performance in the second part of the campaign left the team at Segunda.

Now, coach Paco Herrera hopes that his boys have learned the lesson and that they could be able to keep a more regular performance. Like Deportivo, Celta has been accused for been a “too soft” team at defense, while it demonstrates a great punch in attack. The spinal cord up front is composed by veteran Enrique De Lucas, who is now the main source of game after the exit of Roberto Trashorras to Rayo Vallecano, and with the trio in attack composed by David Rodriguez, Mario Bermejo and Iago Aspas.

Rodriguez was the top-scorer at the team during last season as the Castilian-Manchegan scored seventeen goals in thirty-five matches; Bermejo is a veteran with fifteen years of experience that’s brings pause to the attacks, while the sensation on the season has been Aspas, who is as controversial as talented; the Pontevedra-born attacker usually performs as a winger and is the current Pichichi at the team with seven goals added to his tally; to mention that he is the only player at Segunda that has scored twice in two different games, while he’s also the player that has scored more goals coming out from the bench (3).

Paco Herrera won’t make big changes to his squad, which is normal taking in mind the recent results of the team. It’s expected that he will only make two modifications to the formation that defeated FC Cartagena, the first one is forced as central defender Andrés Tuñez is concentrated with Venezuela’s national team for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers; it’s expected that Catalan David Catalá will claim the spot. The other novelty is the return of Borja Oubiña from an injury in order to play at midfield.

It’s a 4-2-3-1 draw with six Galician players at the starting eleven; Vigo-born Yoel Rodríguez will defend the goal; ex-Osasuna man Oier Sanjurjo will cover the right-back position, Vigo-born Roberto Lago will perform at the left side, while the central positions at defense will be for Porriño-born Jonathan Vila and Catalá.

At midfield, Oubiña will perform alongside Ferrol-born Álex López; ex-Espanyol Enrique de Lucas, who already scored four times on the Segunda season, will attack from the right wing, Chilean Fabián Orellana, who wasn’t picked by his national team, will do it from the left, veteran and ex-Xérez man Mario Bermejo is claiming the role of playmaker, while Pontevedra-born Iago Aspas will be the central attacker.

Winger Joan Tomás is convinced that Deportivo is pressured in order to claim the victory, ”For them is more important to win the derby, because they’re playing for something more; they perform at home and are behind us at the standings. And if we win we will leave them six points behind. We know the liga is very long, but it will be important, pretty, to have six points behind one of the aspirants for the promotion to Primera.

Picked players (19): Sergio Álvarez, Yoel (goalkeepers); Roberto Lago, Oier, Bellvis, Catalá (defenders); Borja Oubiña, Jonathan Vila, Dani Abalo, Cristian Bustos, Joan Tomás, Álex López, De Lucas, Insa (midfielders); Antonio Rodriguez, Orellana, Mario Bermejo, Iago Aspas and David Rodriguez (strikers).

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Aythami, Ayoze – Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños – Saúl, Valerón, Salomão – Riki.
Celta: (4-2-3-1) Yoel - Oier, Vila, Catalá, Roberto Lago - Oubiña, Alex López - Quique de Lucas, Bermejo, Orellana - Iago Aspas.
Referee: Fernando López Acera (first year a Segunda)
Kick-off: 20h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Celta: 38 wins for Depor, 25 draws, 41 wins for Celta (Primera, Segunda and Segunda B)
Record at the Riazor: 31 wins for Depor, 10 draws, 10 wins for Celta (Primera, Segunda and Segunda B)

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