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21 Nov 2015
The Galician derby is always a special event in Spanish football, but this derby is sweet due to the good moment lived by both teams in la liga. All eyes are upon the Galician teams, especially over Lucas and Nolito.

Deportivo drew in six of the eleven games played so far, it’s the higher number in la liga in the same frame of matchdays since the seven draws of Real Zaragoza on the season 2005/06. In the history of the club, the last time the Blanquiazul outfit had drawn in six of the first eleven games was for the campaign 1997/98, the first one with Javier Irureta.

Depor have had a positive start in la liga, but only won once at the Riazor (3-0 Vs. RCD Espanyol), so the six points picked at home so far represent the fifth worst mark in the league, while RC Celta represent the best visitor. Los Celestes have lost two of their last three games, but are the only team that remains undefeated on the road. They won in four of their five visits, including the ones to Villarreal CF (1-2) and Sevilla CF (1-2).

This is the 112th edition of the Galician derby playing for a league competition. RC Celta have only won in 12 of their 55 visits to the Riazor, but they won in three of their last five games played there, including last season (0-2).

The club from Vigo is coming after a painful 1-5 loss before Valencia CF, now they are the fifth worst offensive line in the league (18), though they remain as the third best offense with 22 goals in favour, only below Real Madrid (26) and FC Barcelona (25).

Few players have had such an immediate impact at Deportivo as Lucas Pérez. In his second year at the club he can now be considered as the symbol of the team, and in matches like a derby game it turns to be the focus of the emotions for the fans. His performances, personality and attitude have conquered the heart of the public and all eyes are upon him for the big task of facing a RC Celta matching a high level.

And the statistics also show the dependency that Deportivo are starting to have with Lucas. The main one is the number of goals; the attacker has netted 7 of the 16 goals conquered by Depor in the league, a 44% of the total that represents the fourth highest mark in la liga, tied with Neymar and only behind Agirretxe (67’), Rubén Castro (64%) and Javi Guerra (62%).

For the game coach Víctor Sánchez didn’t give clues about the lineup and neither the system to be implemented. During the week he tested both, the 4-4-2 and the 4-2-3-1, so it’s hard to predict what he will do. The most probable thing is that the Madrilenian boss will present a 4-4-2 draw, with Fayçal Fajr delaying his position on the pitch in order to cover the absence of Celso Borges.

German Lux will remain covering the goal. Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ will perform at the right side of the defence, Fernando Navarro will play on the left, while the central positions are for Alejandro Arribas and Sidnei Rechel.

Fajr will join Pedro Mosquera at midfield territory, Fede Cartabia attacks from the right wing, Cani does it from the left, while Oriol Riera joins Lucas Pérez in attack. It’s a second opportunity for Riera after the failed chance to score in the derby of last season.

Luis Alberto, Fabricio and Juan Dominguez are the three players joining Borges at the injury room. Manuel Pablo is for the first time on the season available, but wasn’t picked for the derby, just like Medunjanin, Saul Garcia and Miguel Cardoso. One of the novelties is that Luisinhois back into the roster after been “absent” for two months.

List of picked players (18); Lux, Manu (goalkeepers); Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Lopo, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders), Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Fayçal Fajr, Jonás Gutiérrez, Cani, Luisinho, Cartabia (midfielders); Lucas Pérez, Oriol Riera & Jonathan Rodríguez (attackers)

It has been a remarkable start of season for RC Celta, despite losing two of the last three games the club from Vigo is still living in Champions League places and is one of the most praised clubs in la liga. And the symbol of this good form is Manuel Agudo Durán ‘Nolito’, without doubt the most determinant player at Celta.

The Andalusian is among the best scorers in la liga with seven goals added to his tally on this season and is one of the five la liga players commanding the chart of assists with four, he is now even a fixed player of the national team coached by Vicente del Bosque. Currently he’s negotiating a contract extension and there’s a high expectation as several big clubs have been linked with a move for him.

But Los Celestes have a weak point: the defence. The team knows how to handle the tempo of the games and thus was able to get important wins visiting Real Sociedad and Villarreal CF, but lately their defence allows goals pretty easily. Now they arrive to the Galician derby after allowing five goals before Valencia CF and with Gustavo Cabral, the most experienced man at their defence, serving the final game from a three-match suspension.

But despite the heavy loss a fortnight ago and the concerns about the defence it isn’t expected any change in the lineup by coach Berizzo. It’s a 4-3-3 draw with Sergio Álvarez covering the goal, Hugo Mallo, who will be on the lawn of the Riazor for the first time, performs at the right side of the defence, Jonathan Castro ‘Jonny’ plays at the left side, while the centre backs are Sergi Gómez and Andreu Fontás.

The trio at midfield is composed by veteran Argentine man Augusto Fernández, Chilean Pablo ‘Tucu’ Hernández and Danish Daniel Wass, the latter is one of the most pleasant surprises on the season as he has adapted quickly enough to have scored two goals plus providing two assists within the first eleven matchdays.

For the trio upfront, Nolito is joined by Chilean Fabián Orellana and Iago Aspas. The great form by Orellana is leaving Aspas on a secondary role, but the Moaña-born attacker is also living a good moment, scoring six goals in this start of season, and more importantly five of those goals came within the last seven meeting, including braces against FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad.

List of picked players (19): Sergio, Rubén (goalkeepers), Hugo Mallo, Jonny, Planas, Fontàs, Sergi Gómez, Borja Fernández (Defenders); Madinda, Wass, Pablo Hernández, Augusto, Drazic, Señé, Bongonda (midfielders); Orellana, Nolito, Iago Aspas & Guidetti (attackers).

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Navarro – Cartabia, Mosquera, Fajr, Cani – Lucas Pérez, Oriol Riera.
Celta: (4-3-3) Sergio – Mallo, Sergio Gómez, Fontás, Jonny – Tucu Hernández, Augusto Fernández, Wass – Orellana, Aspas, Nolito.
Referee: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Kick-off: 22h05 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Celta: 41 wins for Depor, 26 draws, 44 wins for Celta (Primera, Segunda and Segunda B)
Record at the Riazor: 33 wins for Depor, 10 draws, 12 wins for Celta (Primera, Segunda and Segunda B)



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