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PREVIEW: GRANADA – DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

03 Oct 2015
Depor travel to Andalusia trying to avoid euphoria and targeting to break the spell at the Estadio Los Nuevos Cármenes. The rival hasn’t added any point at home and is currently the bottom place.

STATISTICS: NOT A PLEASENT VISIT
Deportivo have never won at Estadio Los Nuevos Cármenes, the Galicians won four times visiting Granada CF playing for la liga, but those victories took place before 1995, year in which the new stadium was inaugurated. Actually, the last time Depor won there was in the distant season 1942/43: 1-2 with goals scored by Franciso González ‘Paquirri’ and José Caballero. In this new stadium Depor played twice and only picked a draw.

But the current moment lived by both teams invites to think that Depor have a real chance to finally grab a victory from this new stadium. Granada CF are the only Primera club that hasn’t added a point at home, enough reason to explain why they are the bottom club at this point. And the three defeats took place with the Andalusian side allowing three goals: 1-3 Vs. SD Eibar, 1-3 Vs. Villarreal and 0-3 Vs, Real Sociedad. 

Meanwhile, Depor are one of the five clubs that remain undefeated on the road. The Galicians have added seven points in three visits and scored six goals, only Real Madrid have netted more (6). Also, taking in mind the last two visits on last season (Athletic & Barca), Depor have chained five straight liga visits without losing, this is the best mark at the club since spending 7 away matches without losing between the seasons 2000/2001 & 2001/2002.

DEPORTIVO: AVOIDING EUPHORIA
The good moment lived by the team at Primera División has created a spirit of euphoria among the fans, who are starting to dream about the possibility to return to the European competitions. But the message coming from the squad is of precaution, as coach Víctor Sánchez said on Friday, ”The word euphoria doesn’t exist inside the changing room, because there’s no motive for it.”

The players also repeat the speech, as Fernando Navarro explained in an interview for La Voz de Galicia, ”We've started well. Better than expected. We know that it’s only the beginning, but the points that we have cannot be removed. We do have more confidence, but we must be realistic and remember that we are Deportivo. Last year we struggled a lot and the goal for this year remains to be the permanence.”

Celso Borges was explaining how the team tries to avoid the euphoria, ”It is important to remain calm, knowing that a lot still ahead, highlighting the reason why the results have been given, because we are a good block and have done well in attack. Working hard during the week is how you can be isolated from the euphoria. We cannot stop doing things just because it went well.”

The good moment is moving coach Víctor Sánchez to repeat the lineup, though there’s a novelty as Albert Lopo was left out of the roster for the game, which indicates that Alejandro Arribas will return to the starting formation joining Sidnei at the centre of the defence..

The rest should be the same team that defeated RCD Espanyol. German Lux stays at the goal, Juanfran Moreno will be performing at the right side of the defense, while Fernando Navarro will perform at the left.

At midfield, Celso Borges, Pedro Mosquera and Faycal Fajr will continue to be the guides of the team. Luis Alberto will attack from the right wing, Lucas Pérez does it from the left and Oriol Riera is the centre forward.

Luisinho didn’t recover in time from an ankle injury suffered on Thursday, he joins Fabricio at the injury room. Right-back Manuel Pablo (hamstring) received the medical okay to play after been off since the pre-season, but wasn’t included in the roster for the game. Winger Jonás Gutiérrez and striker Jonathan Rodríguez return to the list, while the players out for tactical reasons are centre-back Albert Lopo, left-back Saúl Fernández, centre midfielder Haris Medunjanin and winger Miguel Cardoso.

List of picked players (19): Lux, Manu (goalkeepers); Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders); Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Fayçal Fajr, Cani, Celso Borges, Jonás Gutiérrez, Cartabia (midfielders); Lucas Pérez, Luis Alberto, Jonathan Rodríguez & Oriol Riera (attackers)

GRANADA: NEW SEASON, SAME WOES
Last season Granada CF saved itself in the last game facing Atlético Madrid, it was a miracle after been six points under the salvation five games before the end, even after the final whistle they were still in danger as a goal by Depor would have sent them back to Segunda (Depor’s game at the Camp Nou ended three minutes later). So, the Andalusian club was saved in a season that was supposed to be a wake-up call after the high expectations had at the beginning.

But it seems that no one was listening, because Granada CF are starting the season as the worst team after six matchdays. It’s seems that the effect brought by coach José Ramón Sandoval is fading away. The main worries right now is the poor performance in the home games and also the lack of goals, because Los Rojiblancos have only netted four goals, the third worst mark after Málaga CF (0) and Valencia CF (3).

Not even the players understand why the team is failing at home, as winger Isaac Success commented on Thursday, ”We don’t know why we are playing better on the road than at home. We need to be more focused and follow the same lane of the away meetings. The next games against Depor and Sporting are going to be really important to us.”

Despite the poor run it isn’t expected big changes by Sandoval, though it’s predicted that he will present a 4-3-3 draw instead of the 4-2-3-1 saw at Mestalla. Andrés Fernández covers the goal, Portuguese Miguel Lopes performs at the right side of the defense, ex-Elche David Lombán and Jean-Sylvain Claude Babin cover the central positions, while Italian Cristiano Biraghi performs at the left.

Fran Rico surpassed his physical problems and joins Javi Marquez and Slovenian Rene Krhin at midfield. Nigerian Success attacks from the right wing, Rubén Rochina does it from the left, while Moroccan Youssef El-Arabi is the centre forward.

Rochina is one of the four players that have scored a goal on this season, and last campaign he scored in the first round match with Deportivo, while Success is the only player with a goal and an assist at the team.

Ex-Almeria Edgar Méndez was pretended by Depor during the summer, but ended at Granada CF. He was praising the level of the Galicians, ”They have reinforced the squad pretty well and it has nothing to do with last year’s team. They have good players and a team with quality. On Saturday we must go out for everything and break the spell, we must press up front and not allow the rival to think.”

List of picked players (18): Kelava, Andrés Fernández (goalkeepers); Lombán, Biraghi, Babin, Dória, Foulquier, Miguel Lopes (defenders); Fran Rico, Rober Ibáñez, Javi Márquez, Piti, Rene Krhin, Rochina, Uche (midfielders); El Arabi, Success & Nico López (attackers)

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Granada: (4-3-3) Andrés – Miguel Lopes, Babin, Lombán, Biraghi – Rico, Krhin, Márquez – Success, El-Arabi, Rochina
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Lux – Juanfran, Sidnei, Arribas, Navarro – Borges, Mosquera, Fajr – Luis Alberto, Oriol Riera, Lucas Pérez.
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Kick-off: 18h15 CET (Los Cármenes)
Head-to-head Vs. Granada: 12 wins for Depor, 16 draws, 14 wins for Granada (Primera & Segunda)
Record at Granada: 4 wins for Depor, 7 draws, 10 wins for Granada (Primera & Segunda)

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