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PREVIEW: VALENCIA – DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

30 Aug 2015
Depor travel to Mestalla having some injury problems, but hoping to improve its away record. Valencia arrive to the meeting after securing the spot at the Champions League.

STATISTICS: UNDEFEATED AT HOME IN 2015
Valencia haven’t lost in 2015 playing at the Mestalla. Los Ches have played 15 games at home on this year (12 in liga, 2 in Copa Del Rey and 1 in the preliminary round of the Champions League) and the team won twelve of those encounters. Their last home defeat in all the competitions was facing FC Barcelona for la liga (0-1, November 30, 2014).

Besides, Depor have always had poor results in their visits to Mestalla. The Galicians only won there in nine opportunities after 46 liga visits, the last one was ten years ago: 1-2 with goals scored by Scaloni and Víctor, who is now the coach of the team (February 12, 2005). They only got three draws within their last eight league games played there and ended scoreless in three of the last four visits.

But the poor away record of Depor can be extended away from Mestalla, because Los Blanquiazules have only won five away games in their last two seasons at Primera, last campaign they only won twice in this condition and that victory was during January: 1-2 at Rayo Vallecano (Jan 30, 2015).

DEPORTIVO: BIG TEST ON THE ROAD
If there’s a barrier that Depor have been unable to break within the last seasons is the performance away from home, the poor results on the road have put the team at the limit of relegation, but that figure had a slight improvement with the arrival of Víctor Sánchez, because with him Deportivo were able to get points coming from behind in tough visits to Real Sociedad, Málaga CF and FC Barcelona, the latter meant to certify the permanence.

Now Depor travel to Mestalla in the first away match of the season, a stadium that hasn’t witnessing its team losing in 2015, facing a euphoric team for qualifying to the Champions League and an aspirant to the top places. So, Víctor has to reinforce the recent impression in a tough environment and this time affected with the last-minute injuries.

And it’s that Cani and Oriol Riera picked injuries during the week and joined Fabricio and Manuel Pablo at the injury room. There’s a fifth casualty for the game as Fede Cartabia is ineligible to play as Valencia CF is his parent club. So, the coach will not be able to repeat the lineup of the opening matchday.

It’s expected a 4-2-3-1 figure with four side defenders on, just like he did for the visit to Athletic Club, with German Lux at the goal, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ covers the right side of the defence, Fernando Navarro performs on the left, then Sidnei Rechel and Albert Lopo are the centre-backs. Catalan Lopo is fit to play despite dragging a Soleus muscle injury during the week.

At midfield, Celso Borges and Pedro Mosquera keep their positions. Juanfran Moreno performs at the right wing, Luisinho does the same at the left. Fayçal Fajr is the playmaker and Lucas Pérez is the centre forward.

Víctor travels with 19 men as he likes to face the away games traveling with three keepers, so David Gómez and Manu Fernández are part of the trip, the latter joined the club on this week. It’s the same case than Uruguayan striker Jonathan Rodríguez, who is also on. In order to cover the spots of the injured men Víctor picked Miguel Cardoso for the first time to an official game.

Celso Borges talked before the game about the positive feelings that the fans have with the team, ”You will wait that this euphoria will be there after a victory, but I think it is coming from the hard work that we are seeing on the pitch, because we are watching a compact team that can do good games before great rivals. We have the same euphoria and hope to do the right things and contagious the fans.”

List of picked players (19): Lux, David Gómez, Manu (goalkeepers); Laure, Lopo, Sidnei, Arribas, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders); Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Luisinho, Fayçal Fajr, Cardoso, Celso Borges (midfielders); Lucas Pérez, Jonathan Rodríguez & Luis Alberto (attackers).

VALENCIA: FINDING THE WAY
These are happy days in Valencia; the team has just secured the pass to the Champions League group stage and at the same time sealed a bag of €15 million, just for participating in the tournament. It boosts the project of Peter Lim in what’s promising to be an interesting season for Los Chés. To make things better it seems that coach Nuno Espirito Santo is willing to recover Álvaro Negredo, who scored a vital goal in midweek and that cost €30 million (it was rumoured that Depor was targeting his loan).

Perhaps the team is arriving to the game lacking form and missing key pieces, like defender Otamendi, who was recently transferred to Manchester City FC. The club is searching for a proper replacement –they are negotiating for Aymen Abdennour-

In the meantime Nuno has enough quality to put a competitive squad and it’s expected that he will only make two changes to the 4-3-3 figure that played in midweek for the Champions. Australian Mathew Ryan defends the goal as Diego Alves is injured, ex-Depor Antonio Barragán performs at the right side of the defence, José Luis Gayà covers the left sector, while the central positions at defense are for German Shkodran Mustafi and Portuguese Rúben Vezo.

The trio at midfield is composed by Argentine Rodrigo de Paul, Javi Fuego and Dani Parejo, then Algerian Sofiane Feghouli attacks from the right wing, Rodrigo Moreno does it from the left, while Paco Alcácer is the centre forward.

Alcácer is the only player from Valencia CF in the most recent list of Del Bosque for Spain national squad. This means that Álvaro Negredo will start in the bench despite his great goal against AS Monaco for the Champions League.

List of picked players (20): Ryan, Yoel, Jaume Doménech (goalkeepers); Barragán, Vezo, Mustafi, Gayà, Orban (defenders); Javi Fuego, Danilo, Enzo Pérez, Parejo, Piatti, Bakkali, Feghouli, De Paul (midfielders); Rodrigo, Santi Mina, Negredo & Paco Alcácer (attackers)

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Valencia: (4-3-3) Ryan – Barragán, Mustafi, Vezo, Gayá – De Paul, Javi Fuego, Parejo – Feghouli, Alcácer, Rodrigo
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Lopo, Sidnei, Navarro – Mosquera, Borges –, Juanfran, Fajr, Luisinho – Lucas.
Referee: José Luis González González
Kick-off: 20h30 CET (Mestalla)
Head-to-head Vs. Valencia:  27 wins for Depor, 18 draws, 47 wins for Valencia (Primera & Segunda)
Record at Mestalla: 9 wins for Depor, 8 draws, 29 wins for Valencia (Primera & Segunda)

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