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PREVIEW: NUMANCIA – DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

25 May 2014
Depor start thinking of Primera División as it visits a team that still has to secure the permanence. Lopo is fit to play and Juan Carlos returns. CD Numancia are facing injury problems and are completing a grey second round.

STATISTICS: THE THIRD BEST DEFENSE IN THE LEAGUE
CD Numancia might be living a low point on the season as their latest 0-1 win at SD Ponferradina was only their first win in 12 matches, but they remain as one of the best defenses at Liga Adelante after only conceding 36 goals in 39 matches, which is the third best mark in the league behind SD Eibar (27) and Deportivo (31).

Another key stat for the game is the home performance of Los Rojillos, used to be a strong team at home in past seasons they are now the fourth worst local team with only 26 points in 19 home meetings. They only won six times at home and only two of those victories took place in 2014: 3-0 Vs. Córdoba CF (matchday 26) and 1-0 Vs. Real Murcia (matchday 28).

CD Numancia is also the 4th worst team in the second round, with 19 points added in the 18 matches disputed within the period. In comparison, Depor added 30 points in the same frame, the third best mark in the league only below Barcelona B (33) and SD Eibar (32).

A curios stat is that the club from Soria has only lost nine games during the Segunda campaign, which is the same number than Depor, SD Eibar and Real Murcia, what happens is that they have drawn in 20 of the 39 matches played so far. It’s the highest mark in the league and the highest at this height in the competition since CD Tenerife also had 20 draws during the season 2003/04.

During the last visit to Deportivo Alavés, Depor broke its historic mark of points added away from home in a league competition (36), now they have two more opportunities to pull up the record and also to break the mark of away victories (11).

Deportivo have played five times at Los Pajaritos, and despite those games were tough Los Blanquiazules ended winning three of those meetings. The last visit there was the easiest one as Depor clinched a 0-3 win during the Segunda season 2011/12 with goals scored by Álex Bergantiños, Lassad and Guardado.

DEPORTIVO: CARESSING THE PROMOTION
First ‘match point’ for Deportivo on this season; a positive result in this game combined with a draw or a defeat by UD Las Palmas will certify the promotion to Primera División and, despite the lack of spirit by the fans after the latest results and the inconvenience of the scheduled hour, the players want to secure the goal as soon as possible no matter it’s away from home, this in order to avoid further complications.

The first one that talked on the issue during this week was Albert Lopo, ”To wait for the game against Real Jaén to secure the promotion? No thanks. What we all want is to end the season on this weekend, but it won’t be easy as Numancia is playing for serious staff as they are trying to avoid the relegation, though we hope to solve the league now.”

Diego Ifrán also wants to clinch the goal now, ”We want the promotion as soon as possible. Football isn’t well enough on these days to be choosing where do you want to celebrate it. If we can do it in the next game, the better. We are aware that we depend of winning one more game and want to solve it as soon as possible.”

In this sense the club accepted the petition of coach Fernando Vázquez and the full squad is traveling to Soria for the game, even midfielder Juan Dominguez, who’s suspended for the match. The only player that isn’t making the trip is Diogo Salomão, the winger is the only player at the injury room and is recovering from his knee problem in Portugal.

It’s hard to predict how Vázquez will chose to play the game now that he has the casualty of Juan Dominguez, the player with more minutes on the season (3,310). During the press conference he hinted that any formation tested during the trainings could be used in the game, including a 4-4-2.  However it seems more probable that he will keep playing with a 4-2-3-1 system.

German Lux is the starting keeper, with Laure performs on the right side of the defense and Diego Seoane does it on the left. Albert Lopo passed a late test on Saturday after been dragging a thigh injury during the week, however it isn’t clear if the Catalan is going to start joining Pablo Insua at the central positions. The other alternative is veteran Carlos Marchena.

The main beneficiary with the suspension of Juan Dominguez is Juan Carlos Real; he was a starter until the debacle against SD Ponferradina and hasn’t played any minute within the last three games, now he returns into the starting eleven in order to be the playmaker in the draw, while Bryan Rabello is the one playing alongside Álex Bergantiños at midfield.

Portuguese Luisinho is attacking from the left wing, Ivorian Ibrahim Sissoko does it from the left and Diego Ifrán is the centre forward. The Uruguayan is living a good moment as he has scored four goals within his last seven appearances.

During the week Pablo Insua made an interesting comment regarding the merits of Deportivo to clinch the promotion "We will like to be recognized for been promoted as we did the right things, not for been the least bad team. And it hurts, I wish we could clinch the promotion been a more solvent team, but things are like this and we must feel proud. I believe that, maybe, it wasn’t recognized the whole work done during the year. The team made a solid season, maybe for been Deportivo the demand was higher and people were counting on the promotion, but also at the beginning of the season we weren’t counting with this. We must be content for having this advantage.”

List of picked players (20): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Luisinho, Seoane, Lopo, Marchena, Insua (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Wilk, Juan Carlos, Núñez, Sissoko, Rabello (midfielders); Borja Bastón, Toché, Luis, Arizmendi & Ifrán (attackers)

NUMANCIA: ANOTHER SAD SEASON IN SORIA
After facing the relegation from Primera during the season 2008/09, CD Numancia have lived four disappointing years at Liga Adelante, always ending at mid-table (12th on the past campaign). Things seemed different on this opportunity as by matchday 28 Los Rojillos were 5th, only 8 points below the first place.

But then the team went into a hole that meant to spend 10 matchdays without victories, a negative streak that was broken last weekend with a 0-1 win visiting SD Ponferradina. But the reaction seems to be arriving too late; they remain closer to relegation (4 points) than to the promotion spots (6) and, with the tough games in the schedule hosting Depor and SD Eibar, they now only want to think of the permanence.

This downfall has awakened criticism against coach Juan Antonio Anquela, who in March, after the home defeat before CD Mirandés, was complaining that his players are “too afraid” to play during the games and also blamed them for the negative streak. The general feeling in Soria is that he won’t renew his contract and was already targeted by other clubs like Real Valladolid. Neither he’s popular with the fans..

Currently there’s a sense of relief after breaking the negative streak, but there’s also concern due to the calendar and the fact the permanence isn’t a mathematical fact.  Besides the coach only has 17 players available at the first team due to the injury cases of striker Javier Del Pino (knee), ex-Depor centre-midfielder Antonio Tomás (muscle), right-back Carlos Akapo (hamstring), plus the suspension of left-back Adrián Ripa.

To make things worse winger/playmaker Julio Álvarez and centre midfielder Marc Pedraza are dragging physical problems and didn’t train properly at the end of the week. Anquela said on Friday that he was pending to decide the lineup as he was waiting to see if both players are going to be fit to play. Normally, for the home meetings, the coach releases the list of picked players only hours before the kick-off.

If both men are fit to play, then it’s expected that Anquela will repeat the lineup that defeated SD Ponferradina with the novelty of Javier Bonilla replacing suspended Ripa at the left side of the defense. Bonilla was the starting choice at the middle of the tournament, but hasn’t played within the last 14 games. His last appearance was against UD Las Palmas (February 8).

Majorcan Biel Ribas is the starting keeper, ex-Betis Isidiro Gómez covers the right-back position, while the central defenders are ex-Guadalajara Mickaël Gaffoor and former Oviedo man Juanma Marrero.

Centre-back Francisco Regalón is performing at midfield joining Marc Pedraza; ex-Almeria Natalio Lorenzo attacks from the right wing, Miguel Bedoya does it from the left, ex-Depor Julio Álvarez is the playmaker and ex-Mallorca Sergi Enrich is the central attacker.

Enrich is the top-scorer at the team with nine goals added to his tally .two of them scored against Depor in the first round- but more important is the participation of Venezuelan Julio Álvarez, who has been involved in the 50% of the goals of his team (6 goals & 13 assists)

During the week Álvarez was saying that the game is more important for Numancia than for Depor, ”We know it’s a pretty game for them and with a goal they want to close as soon as possible, but maybe they won’t need to win more games in order to get the promotion, because the third place must also play its game. So, Depor is going up surely, while we must close the permanence as soon as possible. I don’t know if it will be this weekend, because maybe a draw will allow both teams to get their goals. I would love to win, because we don’t deserve to have added so less points in the second round, and Depor could be a team from Primera benefited by other results.”

Striker Natalio Lorenzo was a starter for the game at the Riazor, now he’s a substitute; he was feeling sorry for changing the goal of the team in the middle of the season, “It’s angry. It’s hard to fight at Segunda in order to not suffer the relegation and the prettiest thing is to fight for promotion. It was in our hands and we didn’t know how to carry away with it, and truly it’s angry. Let’s see if we can clinch the victory before the leader in order to secure the permanence. Truly we can think that 50 points are enough, but I believe that no and no matter what happens, it’s a priority to defeat the leader.”

List of picked players: Not released

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Numancia: (4-2-3-1) Biel Ribas - Isidoro, Gaffoor, Juanma, Bonilla - Regalón, Pedraza - Natalio, Julio Álvarez, Bedoya - Sergi Enrich.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Lopo or Marchena, Insua, Seoane – Álex Bergantiños, Rabello – Sissoko, Juan Carlos, Luisinho – Ifrán.
Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo.
Kick-off: 20h00 CET (Los Pajaritos)
Head-to-head Vs. Numancia:  6 wins for Depor, 3 draws, 2 wins for Numancia (Primera & Segunda)
Record at Los Pajaritos:  3 wins for Depor, 1 draw, 1 win for Numancia (Primera & Segunda)

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