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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – REAL MURCIA (LIGA)

08 Sep 2013
Depor search for the first home victory as Uxío will debut with the first team playing alongside his all-time partner Insua. The rival is having a positive moment and is the team with more goals in favour in this start of season.

STATISTICS: SOLID RECORD VS. REAL MURCIA
Real Murcia have spent thirty years without winning at the Riazor; the last time they clinched the three points visiting the Riazor was for the Segunda season 1982/83 (0-1, matchday 29). Since then the Galicians have added six straight victories against them, four playing for Segunda División and two at Primera.

But in this start of season both teams had different outcomes playing in the condition of this game, because as long as Deportivo were losing at home against Córdoba CF, (0-1) Real Murcia were surprising everyone with a 2-4 win visiting RCD Mallorca.

And to emphasize that the three games of Real Murcia on the tournament have been full of goals, to the point that Los Pimonteros represent the best scorer at Segunda on this start of season. They have scored eight goals within the first three games. As a way of comparison Depor have netted the half that mark. But, at the same time, the Murcians are the third worst defense with seven goals allowed, only above last places RCD Mallorca (11) and Real Jaén (10).

DEPORTIVO: BIG DAY FOR UXÍO
The circumstances are pushing coach Fernando Vázquez to allow the debut of 20-year-old Uxío Marcos. It should be a constant throughout the season as the limited resources at the first team will continue to give chances to Depor’s youngsters. It’s the result of the first injury case affecting one of the more experienced players at the team: Kaká. The Brazilian suffered a muscle injury during the week and will be on the sidelines for at least two weeks.

It’s also a reward to the consistency of this Ourense-born player. And it’s that Uxío is just the fourth player that debuts in an official game for Depor after beginning his career at Alevines. The other three players that did the same before were winger Iago Beceiro, plus playmakers Juan Carlos and Bicho. Besides, he’s joining Pablo Insua, his all-time partner since the latter landed at the Infantiles level of the academy.

Both centre-backs are 20 and their challenge is non-other than face the best offense line in this start of season, a team that has scored eight goals so far and that arrives to the Riazor with the Pichichi of the division. A real fireproof for what Fabril can offer during the uncertain Segunda season.

The rest of the 4-2-3-1 lineup should be the same one that clinched the big win visiting CE Sabadell CF. With Lux defending the goal, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ performing at the right-back position and Portuguese Luis Carlos Correia 'Luisinho' playing on the left.

Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez represent another couple of players made up at Deportivo’s academy, both will try to control midfield territory. Portuguese Rudy will attack from the right wing, Javier Arizmendi does It from the left, Argentine Juan Culio is the playmaker and Borja Bastón will continue to lead the attack after his impressing debut scoring a brace.

Kaká and Alvaro Lemos are the two players at the injury room; centre-back Carlos Marchena wasn’t picked for the game as Fernando Vázquez explained that he’s lacking match fitness after joining the team until Tuesday. Diego Seoane returns to the list, while Bicho stays with the first team.

Lux was talking of the promotion chances after the transfer window, ”It was a moved summer; I believe things could have been done better, because there was a lot of time. The goal is the promotion and it won’t be easy. The road is long and we had a positive start. There are several changes. We need to polish some fact, because we already lost one game due to a small detail.”

Meanwhile, Culio was praising the fitness of Deportivo, The advantage of Deportivo right now is that we’re fresh for the second parts while the rival fall into pieces. Córdoba fell down in the second part, Las Palmas, playing at Las Palmas and despite the heat, also fell down, the same happened with Sabadell. Deportivo killed them is the second part and this is a success for the coach. We cannot lose more points at home and it’s fundamental to win at our own stadium.”

List of picked players (18): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Seoane, Insua, Uxío, Luisinho (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez, Wilk, Juan Carlos, Culio, Bicho (midfielders); Luis, Rudy, Arizmendi & Borja Bastón (attackers)

REAL MURCIA: DREAMING OF BETTER TIMES
The last two seasons were terrible for Real Murcia, the team barely escaped from relegation at Segunda, actually last season thy ended up inside the drop zone, and only the problem of CD Guadalajara with La Liga allowed the Murcians to stay at Liga Adelante. Still, it isn’t surprising, because since president Jesús Samper landed in 1998 the club has been really unstable.

Los Pimonteros only played twice at Primera since then and suffered the relegation immediately while they struggled to survive in the major part of their seasons at Segunda, to make things worse they suffered the relegation to Segunda B in two opportunities. Now things have been more positive, because the team, coached by ex-Villarreal Julio Velázquez, have left a promising impression adding four points in the first three games, especially surprising was their victory visiting RCD Mallorca (2-4).

The point is that Real Murcia have demonstrated a strong attack, the best so far at Segunda, which has allowed 23-year-old striker Kike García to score four times in three games, reason why he’s the current Pichichi in the league. But what coach Velazquez needs to settle is the defense, because they are also the worst defense in the league. It leaves the impression that if this team can improve the defensive work it could turn to be one of the surprises on the season.

Precisely, this is the zone that coach Velázquez is going to modify for the game at the Riazor. Argentine centre-back Mauro Dos Santos has been hammered for the errors that cost a couple of goals and now he will be benched in order to give a chance to ex-Villarreal Joan Guillem Truyols, who was a normal starter during the pre-season.

It’s the only expected change compared to the 4-2-3-1 figure that played the first three games in the tournament. Ex-Betis Casto Espinosa defends the goal. Francisco Molinero performs at the right-back position, Andalusian Álex Martinez plays at the left, while captain Óscar Sanchez joins Truyols at the centre.

Argentine José Luis Acciari and Catalan Albert Dorca are the midfielders. One of the three players promoted from the B squad is Eddy Silvestre, the 21-year-old performs at the right wing, ex-Alcorcón striker Saúl Berjón attacks from the left, then Alberto Sansimena, ‘Tete’ is the playmaker in the formation, while Kike García is the central attacker.

Last season García only scored 8 goals in 36 games, but at this point he already netted the half of that number in just three matches. There are high hopes in this player promoted from the B squad and surely will become into the main asset of the club if he continues on the same path.

But the striker believes this is only an accident and prefers to focus in improving the defensive performance of the team, as he said during the week, ”This is anecdotic, any striker needs the goals and the important thing is to help in order to add points. We are fitting too many goals and need to change it, because with a clean sheet, and if you seize one of your chances, then you claim the three points. We need to work on that and keep scoring, it’s the important thing.”

New signing, French striker Dominque Malonga, wasn’t picked for the game as he’s missing match fitness. To mention that the Murcians are making the 996 km trip to A Coruña by bus, which means to cross Spain from shore to shore, for this reason they begun the trip on Friday and will arrive 30 hours later.

Catalan Albert Lorca was talking of the needed attitude in order to play at the Riazor, ”We have a lot to win facing a team having great players and that was made to get the promotion. We need to be fearless, because we can win if we make the things as we know. I believe we are going to make important things without making too much noise, though the goals should be for the short term, so the main thing is to clinch the salvation as soon as possible.”

List of picked players (19): Casto, Fernando Martínez (goalkeepers); Alex Martínez, Truyols, Óscar Sánchez, Molinero, Mauro Dos Santos (defenders); Eddy, Toribio, Wellington Silva, Acciari, Miguel Albiol, Iván Moreno, Tete, Dorca (midfielders); Kike García, Sergio León & Saul Berjón (attackers)

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Insua, Uxío, Luisinho – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Rudy, Culio, Arizmendi – Borja Bastón.
Murcia: (4-2-3-1) Casto - Molinero, Truyols, Óscar Sánchez, Álex Martínez - Acciari, Dorca - Eddy, Tete, Saúl - Kike García.
Referee: José Ramón Piñeiro Crespo (fourth season at Segunda)
Kick-off: 12h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Murcia: 22 wins for Depor, 7 draws, 19 wins for Murcia (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 19 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 3 wins for Murcia (Primera & Segunda)

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