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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – NUMANCIA (LIGA)

21 Dec 2013
The last game in 2013 for Deportivo La Coruña. The Galicians want to keep the leadership and return to the 4-4-2 formation facing a tough rival that’s shinning due to their defensive solidity in the away meetings.

STATISTICS: THE KING OF THE DRAWS
CD Numancia is the team with the highest number of draws on this Segunda season: Nine. In other words the half of the games played so far. It’s the highest number at this height of the competition since Real Zaragoza also drew nine of the first eighteen matches during the Segunda season 2005/06.

Another stat to have in mind is that six of those nine draws were goalless games –the highest number at Segunda- and four of them took place during away matches for los Numantinos: CD Lugo (matchday 01), CD Mirandés (matchday 11), Real Madrid Castilla (matchday 15) and RCD Mallorca (matchday 17).  They also defeated AD Alcorcón on the road keeping a clean sheet (0-1).

So, with five clean sheets playing away from Los Pajaritos it isn’t strange to notice that CD Numancia is one of the four teams in the league that have allowed less or the same number of goals playing on the road than doing it at home. The other three outfits with this particular mark are CD Lugo, SD Eibar and Girona FC.

Meanwhile, Depor have only drawn three times on the league campaign, which is the third lowest number at Segunda, only behind Barcelona B (1) and Real Madrid Castilla (2). Deportivo are trying to improve its home record after losing the first two meetings disputed at the Riazor. Since the 0-1 before Real Murcia the Galicians have won four and drew three matches in A Coruña.

This is the 11th time in which Depor are facing CD Numancia playing for a league tournament and Los Blanquiazules won six of those meetings. The last victory was a 0-3 at Los Pajaritos with goals scored by Álex Bergantiños, Lassad and Andrés Guardado (May 12, 2012).

DEPORTIVO: BACK TO THE SCHEME WITH TWO STRIKERS
Coach Fernando Vázquez is ready to return to the 4-4-2 figure that left positive feelings during the previous match played at the Riazor, a 2-1 win over Deportivo Alavés. Throughout the season Depor have been criticized for its poor offensive display, which led to only score a few goals, but in that game, despite only completing nine shots, the Galicians had the ball possession and had more depth and width in attack.

Now the coach searches for the same feelings facing a rival that’s a tough defense playing on the road and that usually clinches a clean sheet. The main novelties are the return of Luis Fernández and Juan Carlos Real to the formation, two players that were starters against Alavés and later benched before SD Eibar. Luis didn’t end the last training session after picking an injury on the left knee, but he’s expected to be a starter.

German Lux is the starting keeper, Laureano Sanabria ´Laure’ performs at the right side of the defense, Luisinho delays his position in order to perform at the left, while the central positions are for Carlos Marchena and Pablo Insua; the latter is returning from a suspension.

Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez are the centre midfielders, Argentine Juan Culio performs at the left wing, Juan Carlos does it at the right, finally Luis and Borja Bastón are the starting strikers.

Javier Arizmendi wasn’t picked for the game as he hasn’t received the medical okay despite completing the last two sessions. The true is that the player doesn’t feel prepared and will undergo new scans in Madrid during the holidays. The other two players at the injury room are centre midfielder Cezary Wilk and winger Álvaro Lemos. The only Fabril’s player picked for the game is midfielder Paulo Teles.

If Manuel Pablo plays in the game he will become into the second player with more official games at the club; he commented during the week that Depor need to fix some mistakes despite staying at the top of the standings, ”We hope to resolve the game at home and go on vacation as the leaders. We stay at the top and there are things that need to be fixed, but it’s better to make the corrections when you are leaders rather than when you are lower, because you can have doubts.”

Meanwhile, Álex Bergantiños explained what he expects from this match, ”Numancia is a team with a combinative game; they’ve have quality players and want to dominate the game. In this sense we are expecting more for a game like the one against Lugo than the one played against Zaragoza.”

List of picked players (18): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Manuel Pablo, Laure, Seoane, Luisinho, Insua, Kaká, Marchena (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez, Juan Carlos, Teles, Antonio Núñez, Culio (midfielders); Luis Fernández, Rudy & Borja Bastón (strikers).

NUMANCIA: MIDWAY TO HEAVEN
After four straight seasons navigating at mid-table of Liga Adelante, CD Numancia are currently living in the promotion seats, but coach Juan Antonio Anquela doesn’t want to hear anything of Liga BBVA, at least until they clinch the permanence. After the latest win over SD Ponferradina he repeated the speech that his only target is the mark of the 50 points, however they already added 27, which means midway to heaven without reaching the Christmas break yet.

This wariness coincides with a lukewarm reaction from the public; five years ago, with the team competing at Primera, the number of socios reached 6,000 subscriptions, now the mark it’s only around the third part (2,700). The same behavior can be witnessed with the attendance to Los Pajaritos (capacity 9,025); in the last game against SD Ponferradina there were only 2,000 spectators at the stands, this despite the team was fighting for a spot among the first six places facing a direct rival.

At least the financial situation is totally stable, the club from Soria has a decent budget of €5.3 million and the economy is highly disciplined, after all Los Rojillos are one of the few clubs in Spain without debts with the Treasury. The key is to hire veteran players without big wages, something that brings stability and at the same time a competitive level for Segunda.

They just needed a push to pass from mid-table positions to fight for the first places, and that push was brought with the arrival of Anquela, a coach that already reached high notes at Segunda with AD Alcorcón, another club with a similar philosophy. For the game at the Riazor the Andalusian coach is able to repeat the same 4-2-3-1 figure of the past matchday.

Majorcan Biel Ribas is the starting goalkeeper; Carlos Akapo covers the right side of the defense, ex-Guadalajara Mickaël Gaffoor and Juanma Marrero are the centre-backs, while Adrián Ripa covers the left side.

Ex-Depor Antonio Tomás, who is one of the players with more minutes on the season including two goals in favour, plays at midfield alongside Francisco Regalón. Ex-Getafe Miguel Bedoya attacks from the right wing, Vicente Pérez does the same from the left, Venezuelan/Galician Julio Álvarez is the playmaker and Valencian Natalio Lorenzo is the central attacker.

Natalio called the attention at Segunda when, at the age of 23, scored 14 goals with CD Castellón during the season 2006/07, but later he failed to impress at UD Almeria, Córdoba CF and CD Tenerife. But things changed for him after landing at CD Numancia during last season, because he netted thirteen goals and currently he’s the Pichichi at the team with five goals in favour.

Julio Álvarez, who began his career at Fabril, talked before the game; he remembered his last game at the Riazor, time when he wasted a penalty that could have meant the draw for Numancia during the season 2011/12, ”It wasn’t nice, because all the bad things coincide: just one week before I had broken my nose, I missed a penalty and we lost the game. These things happen: when you are eager to do the right things then everything turns to be upside down, but I don’t remember it with bitterness. Instead, football gives many rematches and always gets a chance to fall back a bit and I hope I will have mine too.”

Finally, ex-Depor Antonio Tomás commented that, ”Deportivo is a tough team and it’s difficult to score goals against them, probably it’s the worst rival you can face, but we are also tough to beat. We are going to try to make our game, which means to go out intense, putting pressure and eager to do the right things; in this way we have many options to obtain something positive.”

List of picked players (18): Biel Ribas, Raúl (goalkeepers); Gaffoor, Juanma, Akapo, Ripa, Isidoro (defenders); Regalón, Julio Álvarez, Bedoya, Antonio Tomás, Bonilla, Víctor Andrés, Vicente, Palanca (midfielders); Natalio, Del Pino & Enrich (attackers).

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Laure, Insua, Marchena, Luisinho – Juan Carlos, Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez, Culio – Luis Fernández, Borja Bastón.
Numancia: (4-2-3-1) Biel Ribas - Akapo, Gaffoor, Juanma, Ripa - Antonio Tomás, Regalón - Bedoya, Julio Álvarez, Vicente - Natalio.
Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo
Kick-off: 18h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Numancia:  6 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 2 wins for Numancia (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 3 wins for Depor, 1 draw, 1 win for Numancia (Primera & Segunda)

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