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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – ALCORCÓN (LIGA)

02 Mar 2012
Depor returns to the Riazor, its favourite place , in order to keep the leadership in la liga and continue expanding its winning streak at home. The rival dreams with the promotion, but still has to prove that it can beat the top seven teams.

STATISTICS: AMONG THE BEST TEAMS IN 2012
Despite the latest defeat before CE Sabadell, the performance of Deportivo in 2012 has been outstanding; the Galicians have added 21 of the 24 points disputed in the year, and now it represents the second best team in 2012 after RC Celta (22). AD Alcorcón is also on fire, the Madrilenian outfit and Celta are only two Segunda teams that haven’t been defeated yet in 2012, with 16 points added in the period they are the fourth best steam in the period, just behind third place UD Almeria (20).

AD Alcorcón has a decent record playing on the road, so far they have added 15 points after 12 visits, which means the tenth best record in the league, but much better is the performance of Depor at the Riazor, and it’s that Oltra’s team is the best local team in the tournament with 34 points added after just 13 home meetings.

Actually, Depor searches for its ninth straight victory at the Riazor; the last time Deportivo clinched a similar streak was back on the season 1993/94; at the time the team was coached by Arsenio Iglesias and the victories were conquered against Barcelona FC (1-0), Osasuna (3-1), Real Oviedo (4-0), Racing Santander (1-0), UD Lleida (2-0), Logroñes (3-0), Sporting Gijón (2-1), Sevilla FC (2-0) and Albacete (5-1).

DEPORTIVO: THIS IS THE RIAZOR
No one can deny that the Riazor has been a crucial factor on this season. It is the stadium with the best average attendance at Segunda –almost 28,000 spectators- it’s also the main source of points for Depor and even is a redemption place for the Galicians. Oltra’s Deportivo is extracting the best from its local condition during this season; the Galicians already clinched eleven wins at the Riazor, which is the highest mark at the club since the season 2003/04 (13), and it’s that Depor has only dropped five of the thirty-nine points disputed at home so far, reason that explains why the Blanquiazul outfit is the leader and also the best local team in the competition.

Another important thing is that, on this season, the Riazor has been a shelter for Deportivo after suffering a setback in liga; the previous three defeats in the competition were suffered on the road, and in every occasion Oltra’s team returned home to clear any doubt and achieve the three points. Clear example was what happened in the first round after the painful 0-4 at AD Alcorcón, because just one week later Depor was giving the same doses to CD Guadalajara at the Riazor.

Now, Depor once again faces AD Alcorcón, this time trying to maintain the leadership at Segunda División after a new defeat on the road (0-1 at CE Sabadell).  And coach José Luis Oltra has been boosted for the occasion as both Ze Castro and Diego Colotto have been cleared to play immediately. The Portuguese is available after the competition committee decided to lift the red card saw by him on the past weekend, while the Argentine man passed a late test on Thursday and is fit to play after dragging a hamstring problem. Both men are going to be starters commanding the defense.

But neither Andrés Guardado nor Lassad Nouioui were picked for the game as they haven’t returned from international action. The Mexican played the full 90 minutes in the friendly with Colombia (0-2) and arrives until today. The Tunisian arrived late on Thursday, but Oltra won’t risk him.

For this reason striker Xisco and right winger Saul Fernandez, who is the main novelty compared to the list of the previous week, have been picked up. The three men at the injury room are Manuel Pablo, Pablo Álvarez and Rodolfo Bodipo, while left-back Ayoze Diaz and David Rochela are the only discards due to tactical reasons.

Oltra will keep playing with a 4-2-3-1 scheme, Dani Aranzubia defends the goal, Laureano Sanabria ´Laure´ performs at the right-back position, Claudio Morel covers the left side, while the central positions at defense are for Argentine Diego Colotto and Portuguese Ze Castro.

Midfield will continue to be the territory for Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez; Portuguese Bruno Gama covers the right wing, his compatriot Diogo Salomão is the only novelty compared to the team of the past weekend as he replaces Guardado on the left; Juan Carlos Valerón is the playmaker in the formation and Riki the central attacker.

There are no revenge feelings at the changing room after the 0-4 before Alcorcón in the first round, a loss that has been the largest one on this season, at least it is what the players say. Riki was explaining the issue, “It’s true that they passed over us in the first round clash, but this are just three more points. We just need to be ourselves and go out with intensity.”

Juan Dominguez was also avoiding to talk of revenge, “It’s always good to defeat a rival that beat you so clearly in the first round, but in our minds the only idea is to pick up the three points. We aren’t thinking in revenging the past result.”

Ze Castro also believes that the team doesn’t want revenge, but to add the three points, “Not every day you lose 0-4, mainly for us on this season and on this league, that’s why, for me, Alcorcón is a great team. But we don’t want revenge, not at all, to enter into a game with the feeling of revenge isn’t right, this is only a football match, only that.”

Meanwhile, Aythami Artiles, who will be on the bench, said that, ”You are always eager to win once again, especially after a defeat, and even more after the loss of the first round before Alcorcón. It’s a plus that you can add to the game. The clear goal of Deportivo is the promotion, but also to end as the leader, because at this point is illogical to think of ending as the runners-up.”

List of picked players (18): Aranzubia, Lux (goalkeepers); Laure, Colotto, Aythami, Ze Castro, Morel, Seoane (defenders); Juan Dominguez, Álex Bergantiños, Borja Fernández, Jesús Vázquez, Valerón, Saul, Salomão, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Xisco and Riki (strikers)

ALCORCON: A CANDIDATE FOR PROMOTION?
Madrilenian club AD Alcorcón still living in a cloud, two years ago they were at Segunda B, and suddenly they became famous after eliminating Real Madrid in Copa Del Rey, now they seem to have a real chance for the promotion to Primera after just two years at Segunda A. But the Madrilenians still have to prove that they can compete before the top teams at Liga Adelante.

Truly they trashed Depor in the first round (4-0), but later they have failed before the rest of contenders. And it’s that against the other six teams currently living at the top they barely clinched three points, one meritorious 1-1 visiting Real Valladolid, plus two disappointing draws at home before RC Celta (0-0) and UD Almeria (1-1). The other three matches were losses: 0-1 at Hércules, 1-3 at Córdoba CF and especially a disastrous 0-6 visiting Elche CF.

Curiously the same club is trying to keep a low profile and is avoiding talking of promotion, after the latest win over FC Cartagena the website of the club was pointing that the permanence was closer, despite the team is now just two points below the promotion spots. And the same can goes with the speeches of coach Juan Antonio Anquela and the players, clearly a way to rest pressure to the team.

For the visit to the Riazor Anquela is presenting the same 4-4-2 figure of the last meeting at Santo Domingo. Former Levante Manuel Herrera defends the goal, Carlos Expósito performs at the right-back position, ex-Alavés Ángel Sánchez plays at the left side, while the centre of the defense is for ex-Córdoba man Agustín García ‘Agus’ and French Jean-Sylvain Claude Babin, who is one of the two foreign players at the team.

Former Alcoyano Sergio Mora and ex-Real Valladolid Rubén Sanz cover the pivote positions; Fernando Sales, who in the past was linked with Deportivo, attacks from the right wing, Francisco Montañés, a product of Barca’s youth teams play on the left, while the couple in attack is composed by ex-Alicante man Francisco Borja Pérez and Joaquín Álvarez ‘Quini’, this last one is the Pichichi at the team with nine goals added to his tally, including three within the last five meetings in liga.

Precisely, Quini talked during the week about the meeting with Deportivo, ”Depor has a squad from Primera División, and is sweeping away at Segunda, and to make things worse we play at their place. To play at the Riazor will be like playing at Primera for us, and we aren’t used to that, because we perform at Santo Domingo before 4,000 people. This league is tough. We defeated Deportivo, but later Nástic came and beat us. Alcorcón has to look for the permanence and we will see later after reaching the mark of fifty points”

Similar was the opinion of midfielder Saúl Berjón, ”We must try to reach the fifty points as soon as possible and certify the permanence. We must go step by step, tough the team is playing good football right now, it has ambition and aspires to keep improving, so if we achieve the permanence then we could dream of other things, but I insist, we must go game by game.”

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Laure, Colotto, Ze Castro, Morel – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama, Valerón, Salomão – Riki.
Alcorcón: (4-4-2) Manu Herrera - Expósito, Agus, Babin, Ángel Sánchez - Sales, Mora, Rubén Sanz, Montañés – Borja, Quini
Referee: Iñaki Bikandi Garrido (11 games on the season, only 4 wins for the local team)
Kick-off: 21h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Alcorcón: 0 wins for Depor, 0 draws, 1 win for Alcorcón (Segunda)
Mark Vs. Madrilenian teams (last 10 years): 15 wins for Depor, 5 draws, 5 wins for the Madrilenians (Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Getafe and Rayo Vallecano).

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