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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – EIBAR (LIGA)

18 May 2014
Big game at the Riazor, a final between the first and the second place with only four games remaining. No big casualties at both teams. SD Eibar is the big surprise on the season. Vázquez seems ready to repeat the 4-2-3-1 scheme.

STATISTICS: THE MOST BALANCED TEAMS
Both Depor and SD Eibar aren’t among the best scorers in the league, but they lead the other statistics demonstrating that they are the more balanced teams in the league. The Basques have only allowed 26 goals and the Galicians 30, which are the best marks at Segunda. Besides, they have the better goal difference: +19 & +14 respectively.

SD Eibar is the best team in the second round after adding 31 points within the period, while Depor is fourth on this list (29). An astonishing mark by SD Eibar is that they have only conceded 6 goals in the 17 games played during the second round; actually they arrive to this meeting after clinching four straight clean sheets (377 minutes without allowing a goal).

Darker is the most recent performance by Depor, with only two points added within the last three games, reason why their 9-point gap over the playoff zone has been reduced to only a 4-point lead. SD Eibar is the second best visiting team in the league after adding 30 points on the road. Los Armeros have only lost one of the nine away games disputed in 2014: 0-1 at Real Zaragoza (matchday 33).

SD Eibar have visited the Riazor in four different opportunities, all of them playing for Segunda División. Depor won the first two games and the Basques won the last two. Their last visit to A Coruña was for the season 1990/91 (2-3). The coach was Arsenio Iglesias and both goals were scored by Fran.

For the game it’s expected the biggest crowd at the Riazor as it was declared the peña’s day on this season. The peña’s day are usually good days at Depor as the team has won 8 of the last 14, only losing three times. The last defeat in a peña’s days was in 2010 against Real Zaragoza (0-1).

DEPORTIVO: THE FINAL
A meeting against the second place under the current circumstances, and with only four games remaining in the schedule, means a real final for leaders Deportivo. The victory will almost certify the promotion and, with the game named as the Peña day of the season, it will take place in what will probably be the most attended game on the tournament, so it is a final with the environment of a final.

The players interpret it that way, Borja Bastón talked about the subject during the week, ”If we win this game then a lot of the homework will be done. All the remaining games are finals, because the season is ending and the first final is taking place this Sunday.”

Winger Antonio Núñez was saying that Depor are focused in succeeding in this game, ”I don’t see a nervous team, but focused in clinching it once and for all, Nervousness, pressure and fear, sincerely I don’t see these things at Depor. If we win on Sunday, then the story will be over. The next game means the first place against the second place, so if we win it would be an important blow and would be useful to remain calmer.”

Striker Toché is also aware of the importance of the meeting, ”It’s highly important to win on Sunday, because it will practically bring the promotion. It’s one of those games in which you are eager to participate, it’s one of the important matches. I believe it will be a pretty game, a meeting in which both sides will go out in order to win.”

Despite the team has missed the victory within the last three games, it’s expected that coach Fernando Vázquez won’t make big changes to the starting formation (4-2-3-1). The only novelty is the entry of Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ replacing Manuel Pablo at defense.

Lux is the starting keeper; Laure performs at the right side of the defense, Diego Seoane returns to the left, while the central positions are for Pablo Insua and Catalan Albert Lopo.

Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños perform at midfield, Ibrahim Sissoko covers the right wing, Bryan Rabello is the playmaker, Luisinho attacks from the left and Diego Ifrán is the centre forward.

Winger Diogo Salomão remains as the only player at the injury room, as it happened two weeks ago against CD Lugo the coach has ruled out the same three players: midfielder Cezary Wilk, plus attackers Javier Arizmendi and Luis Fernández. The absence of Wilk could be a hint that the coach is thinking in switching the system into a 4-1-4-1, which would open a spot for Juan Carlos, but against CD Lugo the coach stayed with the 4-2-3-1, so it’s expected he will do the same again

List of picked players (18): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Luisinho, Seoane, Lopo, Marchena, Insua (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez,  Juan Carlos, Núñez, Sissoko, Rabello (midfielders); Borja Bastón, Toché & Ifrán (attackers)

EIBAR: THE REVELATION OF THE SEASON
There’s no doubt that SD Eibar is the most pleasant surprise at Liga Adelante 2013/14. This Basque club was founded 73 years ago and has never played at Primera. Their best achievement so far was to spend five straight seasons at Segunda within 1953 and 1958. Now they are caressing Primera football after been playing at Segunda B during last season.  They need to increase the club’s capital before, but that’s an issue that should be fixed in the next 80 days.

There’s no secret formula for the success despite they have the lowest budget in the league (€3.9 million), because coach Gaizka Garitano, who’s only living his first stage as the coach of a first team, has simply focused in forming a block with players coming from the academy and also loaned from other clubs like Real Sociedad and RC Celta; in the end they are a tough team at defense that barely allows goals and that later seizes the few opportunities created by the sparks of talent in attack.

So, it shouldn’t be surprising to notice that no one at this team has scored 10 or more goals on the season, and it’s that the strength is located at defense as the team has only allowed six goals in the second round and is currently dragging a mark of 377 minutes without conceding a goal. It could be considered as a mirror to Deportivo, another team specialized in a strong defense with offensive problems, though the Galicians have more resources at the team as their budget is bigger.

Garitano doesn’t have major injury problems for the game, so it’s expected he will present the strongest version of the typical 4-2-3-1 figure. Right-back Eneko Bóveda is out injured (knee), but the spot is for Manuel Castellano Castro ‘Lilo’, a former member of the U-20 squad in Spain that arrived from UD Almeria.

Xabier Iruretaguena ‘Irureta’ is the starting goalkeeper, while Yuri Berchiche performs on the left side of the defense.  Then, captain José María Añibarro and Raúl Navas are the centre-backs, the latter is one of the two Celta’s players that were loaned for the present season.

Diego Ribas, who was close to sign for Depor two years ago, performs at midfield alongside Dani García, the latter is one of the three players from Real Sociedad that were loaned for the present campaign. In attack there are two key players at the team: José Ignacio ‘Jota’ Peleteiro and Mikel Arruabarrena.

Jota is a skillful player formed at Celta’s academy, during the past season he failed at Real Madrid Castilla, but he’s now impressing at Eibar normally performing on the right wing, to the point that he’s one of the current two Pichichis (7 goals in favour). Meanwhile, Arruabarrena is a veteran centre forward that already played for several minor teams in the Basque country, he’s now performing as a playmaker and also scored seven goals.

José Luis Morales, who was loaned from Levante UD, performs on the left wing and the formation is completed with David Mainz in attack.  During the previous season Mainz scored 11 goals in 30 Segunda B matches with the team, later he canceled his contract and signed for Bolivian CD Jorge Wilstermann, but then he returned during the winter window and signed a new contract lasting until 2015. The Navarran has played ten games and just scored a brace in the previous visit to RCD Mallorca.

Goalkeeper Irureta talked before the game and said that he expects to end as the runners-up in the league, ”For our will and hope, I predict that we will achieve the second place. This game is vital, because a victory will mean a giant step. The defeat, however, will leave us out of the range of the leader at Liga Adelante, and UD Las Palmas is pushing strongly though they don’t have an easy calendar. If they do their work and we don’t, then they can end up surpassing us.”

List of picked players (19): Xabi Irureta, Irazusta (goalkeepers); Kijera, Añibarro, Arregi, Yuri, Lillo, Raúl Navas (defenders); Ander Capa, Errasti, Eizmendi, Gilvan Gomes, Dani García, Morales, Diego Rivas, Jota (midfielders) Urko Vera, Arruabarrena & Mainz (attackers)

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Lopo, Insua, Seoane – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez – Sissoko, Rabello, Luisinho – Ifrán.
Eibar: (4-2-3-1) Irureta - Lillo, Añibarro, Raúl Navas, Yuri Berchiche - Diego Rivas, Dani García - Jota Peleteiro, Arruabarrena, Morales – Mainz.
Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre
Kick-off: 12h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Eibar: 3 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 4 wins for Eibar (Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 2 wins for Depor, 0 draws, 2 wins for Eibar (Segunda)

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