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18 Mar 2013
The results in the weekend are bringing some hope as Deportivo are now six points away from the safety; the point is that the direct rivals have tough matches, while Depor face Mallorca and Zaragoza in the coming weeks.

The victory over RC Celta in the Galician derby left a sense of relief as it was the first victory of the Blanquiazul outfit after three months of sorrow, but it also had a special value as the other direct rivals lost in their games. And it’s that RCD Mallorca, Real Zaragoza and CA Osasuna suffered setbacks during the weekend.

Now, Deportivo are six points behind the safety with ten matchdays remaining in the schedule. It opens a light of hope in A Coruña though the situation remains complicated as Fernando Vázquez’s team still needs six or seven more victories to reach the salvation.

At this point the best news for Deportivo is the calendar; in the next two matchdays the Galicians have to face two direct rivals, RCD Mallorca and Real Zaragoza, meaning that they still are depending upon in what they can do on the pitch. Meanwhile, the calendar is much more complicated for the other teams involved in the fight for survival.

RC Celta have two straight matches at home, but one is against powerful FC Barcelona and the other against high-flyers Rayo Vallecano, then it comes the direct meetings against RCD Mallorca and Real Zaragoza. Precisely Los Maños have the worst part in the near future as they must face both Real Madrid and Barca in the coming weeks, and in the middle they have to pay a visit to the Riazor.

Besides, Real Zaragoza still have to face RCD Mallorca, at least this game takes place at La Romareda. The Majorcans still have to play at the Camp Nou and host Depor in the next matchday. This direct meetings, and the fact of seeing the direct rivals facing the big clubs, are the main hope of Deportivo at this point, because if Vázquez´s team is able to clinch a couple of straight victories –something that hasn’t happened yet on this tournament- then they will surely approach to salvation.

Finally, CA Osasuna is the only club at the bottom having a more accessible meeting in the coming weeks, without direct meetings and facing mid-table clubs, but the problem for the Navarrans arrives at the end of the tournament, because within the last five matchdays they have to face Valencia CF, Sevilla CF and Real Madrid, meaning that they need to increase the difference of four points over relegation before that final stretch if they don’t want to face further problems.



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