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31 May 2014
Second final for Deportivo; a point will secure the promotion. Fernando Vázquez is waiting to see the status of Sissoko to define the final lineup. The rival arrives pending to define the salvation and lacking consistency.

Deportivo only need a point to secure the promotion and the best opportunity to add this golden point is in the last game at the Riazor on this season. But it has been a mediocre campaign at home for Depor, the worst with the team competing at Segunda División. And it’s that the Galician team has only added the 50% of the 60 points disputed at home.

Until now the worst home mark of the club at Segunda was to add the 55.26% of the points during the season 1988/89 (21 of 38). To clinch the win in this game will raise the percentage to 52.38%, therefore not even with the victory Deportivo can change the label of been completing the worst Segunda season at home in the history of the club.

Neither Real Jaén is a good visiting team; actually they are the second worst in the league after only adding 16 points in 20 visits. They only won three times playing on the road, none of them took place during the second round: 0-1 at Hércules CF (matchday 11), 0-3 at Barcelona B (matchday 13) and 1-2 at Deportivo Alavés (matchday 21).

One of the problems for the Andalusians is the lack of goals; so far they have only scored 41 goals, which is the fourth worst mark in the league, only above CD Mirandés (39), CD Numancia (40) and CD Lugo (40). They have remained scoreless in 4 of their last 7 matches, and in the remaining 3 games they only scored once.

Real Jaén have never won at the Riazor after six visits (2 in Primera, 2 in Segunda and 1 in Copa), their best result was a 1-1 draw in 1978. But to remember that on this season Depor have been unable to defeat and even to score a goal against the Andalusians, they even eliminated Depor from Copa Del Rey.  Their last visit to A Coruña was a 2-1 win for Deportivo during the Segunda season 1978/79; the coach of the Galicians at the time was Luis Suárez and the goals were scored by José Manuel Traba and Albino Rodríguez

After five straight games without adding the three points, which included many criticism towards the players and coach Fernando Vázquez, Deportivo have two more opportunities to add a point and secure the promotion back to Primera División. But the players want to seal it now, during the last presentation at the Riazor, and avoid new drama during the visit to relegation-troubled Girona FC.

German Lux was describing the game as the moment of truth for Deportivo, “Saturday will be our day and the one of Deportivo. We are mentalized. Personally, I came in order to fulfill a dream and I’m going to do it. I don’t have any doubt that we won’t fail and that the promotion won’t pass from this weekend.”

Similar were the thoughts of captain Manuel Pablo, ”The latest results haven’t been what we wanted, because if so, we would be promoted by now, but we never thought that Las Palmas were going to fail. I don’t think we have doubts; we want to win; we’re convinced that we’ve done a great job since August in order to reach this situation with guarantees. We cannot fail now. It’s a final, at home, the draw is good, but we want to dedicate the victory to the fans.”

Luisinho was only thinking of the victory, ”Tomorrow is a decisive match for the club, for everybody. We only think of the victory. We must assume the responsibility of the game, we play at home, with the fans at our side. Definitely it’s a different game compared to the other ones we have played on this season.”

Ibrahim Sissoko was doubtful throughout the week, but was picked for the meeting after completing the last training session held on Friday with the support of around 400 fans. Vázquez isn’t sure if the Ivorian player is fit to play for the full 90 minutes, but it’s expected that he will be a starter in a 4-1-4-1 formation, a scheme tested during the last training.

German Lux is the starting goalie, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ performs at the right side of the defense, Diego Seoane returns in order to play at the left, while the centre-backs are Pablo Insua and Carlos Marchena, the latter is making his first appearance as a starter since March (matchday 30, 0-0 Vs. Barcelona B).

Juan Dominguez is the lonely pivote, with Juan Carlos and Bryan Rabello acting as the two playmakers in the formation. The last appearance of Juan Carlos was against SD Ponferradina (matchday 36).

Sissoko performs on the right wing, Luisinho attacks from the left and Borja Bastón is the starting forward. In case the Ivorian man isn’t fit to play then the coach also tested a 4-4-2 formation with Diego Ifrán as a starter –Vázquez confirmed it during his press conference-

Vázquez also picked Javier Fernández Abruñedo ‘Bicho’ for the game, increasing the number of available players to 19, this in case Sissoko isn’t feeling fine before the kick-off. It’s the second time the Fabril’s playmaker is picked for an official game during 2014 (he was on the bench for the home game Vs. CE Sabadell CF, matchday 24). The last time he played an official game with the first team was in the 0-2 defeat at CD Tenerife (Oct 26, matchday 11).

All the available players were picked for the game, including striker Luis Fernández. Two men are suspended: centre-back Albert Lopo and winger Antonio Núñez, while Cezary Wilk and Diogo Salomão are the players at the injury room; the latter confirmed that he will be at the Riazor for the game.

Álex Bergantiños will be on the bench; he was comparing the current situation to what happened in the previous promotion, “Maybe people are not enjoying this as they should do; two years ago people was happier as we were always winning at the Riazor, but they must also understand that’s difficult to clinch the promotion; you will always leave points on the way. Many important teams were left in the way. People must be happy and hopeful during this week, because we can have a party.”

List of picked players (19): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Luisinho, Seoane, Marchena, Insua (defenders); Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños, Juan Carlos, Bicho, Sissoko, Rabello (midfielders); Borja Bastón, Toché, Luis Fernández, Arizmendi & Ifrán (attackers)

On this season Segunda División is full of stories with teams lacking consistency, and that has been the problem of Real Jaén. The team was penultimate at matchday 07 after only adding 4 points within the period, but then the Andalusians climbed to mid-table after winning 5 of the next 7 meetings.

These ups and downs were repeated throughout the campaign; the club seemed on the road to salvation by matchday 27 after spending five games unbeaten, but a relapse occurred after a series of injuries hit the team. And it’s that “the lizards” lost 5 of the 8 games disputed between matchday 28 & 35. In this way Real Jaén, coached by Manolo Herrera, were in relegation with seven games remaining in the schedule.

But a late reaction pulled the team out of the pit; the Andalusians lived a new positive streak chaining four straight games without losing, a streak that included big wins over promotion aspirants CD Tenerife (1-0, matchday 36) and Recreativo de Huelva (3-1, matchday 31). They just needed one more win to reach the golden mark of 51 points, but failed on last weekend after losing at home before direct rival SD Ponferradina (0-1).

Now the Andalusians arrive to the Riazor with the uncomfortable feeling that a draw might be not enough to survive, because wins for RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid Castilla will put them back into the hole. To make things worse Herrera is missing his best player in attack, centre midfielder Jozabed Sánchez, who’s out of the game with a collarbone fracture.

The season of ex-Fabril Jonathan Mejía ‘Jona’ can only been described as outstanding after scoring 15 goals at Segunda, which means the 36% of his team’s goals during the tournament (the 6th highest percentage in the league), but the point is that he has only scored once within the last ten games, and it was a late penalty on the victory over CD Tenerife.

Despite the recent setback at home, it isn’t expected that Herrero will make too many changes to the 4-2-3-1 starting formation; actually the lineups have been very similar as the coach has only used 19 players on this season. René Román is the starting keeper, Raúl Gaitán covers the right-back position, veteran Nando Gómez performs on the left, while the central positions at defense are for Hugo Álvarez and Servando Sánchez.

36-year-old Óscar Quezada is the chosen one to join Juan Manuel Juanma Espinosa at midfield territory; captain Fran Machado is the playmaker, Víctor Curto is one of the few novelties as the ex-Albacete man attacks from the left wing, Israel Jérez does it from the right and Honduran Jona is the centre forward.

Centre-back Hugo Álvarez was remembering the current relegation problems of Real Jaén, “We had high expectations in the previous game and, unfortunately, we were unable to add points; now we travel to A Coruña with the need of getting a positive result. I believe they aren’t living their best moment, but are preparing a big part for Saturday and we hope it won’t happen.  We are playing for a lot of things and I believe the team will go out for everything.”

Jona was recalling the victory of SD Ponferradina at the Riazor, ”This is a crazy league. The last place can beat the first without problems. We have been fighting all season long and don’t want to see it escaping from our hands. Ponferradina did it a couple of weeks ago. I believe Depor are missing some luck to seal the promotion, but they’re a good team and it’s surprising to see them failing. The head has a big influence in these cases. The pressure to reach a goal can be noticed.”

List of picked players (18): Toni García, René Román (goalkeepers); Gaitán, José Cruz, Hugo Álvarez, Nando Gómez, Servando, Kitoko Quesada, Juanma, (defenders) Israel, Curto, Santi Villa, Joselu, Fran Machado, Sutil, Óscar Rico (midfielders) & Jona (attacker)

Deportivo: (4-1-4-1)  Lux - Laure, Marchena, Insua, Seoane - Juan Domínguez - Sissoko, Juan Carlos, Rabello, Luisinho – Borja Bastón.
Real Jaén: (4-2-3-1) René - Gaitán, Hugo Álvarez, Servando, Nando - Quesada, Juanma - Israel Jerez, Fran Machado,  Curto - Jona.
Referee: Francisco Manuel Arias López
Kick-off:19h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Jaén: 5 wins for Depor, 3 draws, 3 wins for Jaén (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 4 wins for Depor, 1 draw, 0 wins for Jaén (Primera & Segunda)



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