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26 Apr 2015
Víctor presents a new draw as Deportivo will try to get the needed points and leave the drop zone. The rival is also living a bad streak and tries to hold on at the seventh place.

Deportivo have been unable to defeat Malaga CF on this season after three confrontations. It was defeated in liga at the Riazor (0-1), it suffered a big loss at La Rosaleda for Copa (4-1) and it only clinched a draw in the first-leg of that competition (1-1). 

For the season 1972/73 Depor also faced Malaga (CD Malaga at that time) in four opportunities (two in liga and two in Copa), it lost the first three games and clinched a 1-0 in liga at the Riazor, tough it wasn’t enough to secure the permanence at Primera.  The last time Depor played four games in one season against the same rival without clinching a win was during the campaign 2008/09, at the time the team coached by Lotina lost four times before Sevilla CF (two in liga and two in Copa).

The game arrives with both teams living their lowest moment on the season. Depor are dragging a mark of ten straight games without winning; the team is about to tie the mark of the campaign 2009/10, moment when the team coached by Lotina spent eleven straight Primera meetings without clinching a victory (between March and May of 2010).

Meanwhile, Malaga are losing stamina in the fight for the sixth place after been unable to win any of their last five games; they have only picked two of the last fifteen points in dispute. The Andalusians already spent six straight games without winning at the beginning of 2015, but that streak included three games in Copa Del Rey, so this is their worst streak in liga.

Crucial week for Depor; three of the last six matchdays will be disputed in a frame of eight days and every point is crucial to avoid a new demotion. The team is feeling the pressure after spending ten matchdays without winning and it can be noticed for the words of the players.

Centre-back Albert Lopo admitted the nervousness inside the changing room, ”You imagine things in your head. You look at the standings, see the results… it is an unpleasant situation. We are passing a bad moment. Any relegation is very complicated. You lose so many things… you lose everything. It’s in our hands to avoid it.”

Lucas Pérez was trying to remain positive, ”We are passing through a bad streak, but all the teams at the bottom have lived the same. We must remain calm, work hard and not lose the hope. The biggest thing is to be recognized at your own city. I want to save Deportivo and not to be recognized as the one that came here to go down with Deportivo. That would be a huge disappointment.”

Oriol Riera believes it’s time to give everything, ”Right now any side entering a negative dynamic, mentally speaking, will stay down there and I believe Deportivo aren’t one of them. We will fight until the last game, until the end. There’s no other way than to keep adding. Any side surrendering is the one that will be demoted. Any side that isn’t increasing the speed is going to stay there.”

New boss Víctor Sánchez del Amo will present a new scheme for the game, a 4-3-3 with three centre midfielders as Álex Bergantiños will be performing almost as a third centre-back. Fabricio Agosto is the starting keeper, Juanfran Moreno covers the right side in defence, Luisinho performs on the left, while Pablo Insua joins Albert Lopo at the centre of the defence.

Juan Domínguez and Celso Borges play alongside Álex Bergantiños at midfield. Lucas Pérez should be playing in the middle, with Oriol Riera and Iván Cavaleiro performing on the wings.

Cezary Wilk is the only player staying at the injury room, the rest of the squad was picked for the trip as after this game the team travels directly to Murcia in order to make a short-term training camp before midweek’s game against Elche CF. For this reasons suspended players Sidnei Rechel and Toché are on the roster. Fabril’s goalie David Gómez is also part of the trip.

List of picked players (26): Fabricio, Lux, David Gómez (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Juanfran, Lopo, Insua, Sidnei (suspended for the first game), Borja, Luisinho (defenders), Canella; Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez, José Rodríguez, Borges, Medunjanin, Fariña, Lucas, Cuenca, Salomão, Hélder Costa (midfielders); Cavaleiro, Toché (suspended for the first game), Oriol Riera & Hélder Postiga (attackers)

There’s also nervousness in Malaga, but for different reasons. After spending five matchdays without winning the Andalusians understand that the best they can do is to end seventh, something that should be enough to qualify for the Europa League if the expectations are fulfilled with FC Barcelona beaten Athletic Club in the final of Copa Del Rey.

The poor form of the team is awakening doubts, so instead of been trying to catch sixth place Villarreal CF, another team in a difficult moment and secure the European season without needing a external result in Copa, they are now making calculations of what they need to add in order to avoid the clubs coming from behind, the same Athletic Club and RC Celta.

The game against Depor is a good opportunity to return to winning ways and clear out the ghosts, so coach Javi Gracia is ready to put his normal lineup, the one used against Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, with the only variant of the return of Weligton Oliveira from his suspension.

It’s predicted a 4-2-3-1 draw, Cameroonian Carlos Kameni is the goalkeeper, Venezuelan Roberto Rosales performs at the right side of the defence, Ivorian Arthur Boka covers the left sector, while the central positions are for Sergio Sánchez and Brazilian Weligton.

Sergi Darder and José Luis García ‘Recio’ perform at midfield, Samuel García attacks from the right wing, Samu Castillejo does it from the left, Moroccan Nordin Amrabat is the playmaker and Juan Miguel Jiménez ‘Juanmi’ is the centre forward.

The young attacking line of Malaga has been a pleasant surprise on this season, apart from Amrabat, who is 28, the other three attackers are above the 24’s. Juanmi, who’s 21, is the top scorer at the team with eight goals added to his tally and recently was picked to the senior team of Spain. Winger Samu Castillejo, who is only 20, is the main assistor at the team (5) and his name has been linked to a move to Atlético Madrid.

Precisely Castillejo was talking of the game with Depor during the week, ”Truly things have been complicated for us during the games against the teams at the bottom, but things will be different on Sunday with a packed field. Depor have a strong punch and won’t be easy, but we will give a hard battle too.”

Darder was talking of what he expects from Depor in this match, ”“It’ll be difficult, because they are playing well. The last ten league matches of the season are ten finals. Nearly every team is playing for something, so it’s hard to say whether it’s better facing the first placed team or the last ones. It’s more dangerous coming up against a rival at the bottom of the table and Depor are fighting to avoid relegation, which is something they did not long ago and they don’t want to repeat it.”

List of picked players (18): Kameni, Ochoa (goalkeepers); Weligton, Sergio Sánchez, Angeleri, Rosales, Miguel Torres, Boka (defenders); Tissone, Ricardo Horta, Duda, Recio, Samuel García, Samu Castillejo, Darder (midfielders); Amrabat, Javi Guerra & Juanmi (attackers)

Malaga: (4-2-3-1) Kameni – Rosales, Sergio Sánchez, Weligton, Boka – Darder, Recio – Samuel, Amrabat, Castillejo - Juanmi
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Fabricio – Juanfran, Insua, Lopo, Luisinho – Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños, Borges – Riera, Lucas, Cavaleiro.
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández
Kick-off: 12h00 CET (La Rosaleda)
Head-to-head Vs. Malaga: 11 wins for Depor, 8 draws, 3 wins for Malaga (Primera)
Record in La Rosaleda: 2 wins for Depor, 7 draws, 2 wins for Malaga (Primera)



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