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28 Nov 2015
Valerón meet Manuel Pablo and Deportivo again as the Galician visit the Canary Islands waiting to extend the good moment after the victory in the derby, but the Canarians are also following an ascending path.

UD Las Palmas are struggling in la liga, the Canarians have stayed in relegation for the past six weeks and one of the main reasons is their poor offensive power. After twelve games they have only scored ten goals, which means the second worst record at Primera only behind Málaga CF (5).

But it’s also true that four of those ten goals came within the last three games and with new boss Quique Setién on board. Meanwhile, Depor is surprisingly the fourth best scorer in la liga: 18 goals in 12 matchdays, just behind FC Barcelona (29), Real Madrid (26) and RC Celta (22). The Galicians are also only one of the six Primera outfits that have only lost once playing on the road (0-2 at Málaga CF).

Depor present a negative overall record visiting UD Las Palmas, because Los Blanquiazules only won 5 of the 19 visits to the Canarians playing in liga, but it turns out that four of the five wins took place within the last six meetings; actually Depor have won both of the matches played at the new Estadio de Gran Canaria, both 0-1 with both sides competing at Liga Adelante.

For the first time on the season Fabricio Agosto and Manuel Pablo are part of the roster for an official game.  Coincidentally it is in order to travel to the Canary Islands, the place where both were born. Right-back Manuel Pablo has been sidelined since the pre-season first due to a hamstring injury and later due to a Soleus problem, while keeper Fabricio suffered a knee injury in the last friendly of the pre-season.

However, it isn’t expected that both men will be sat on the bench for the match, because coach Víctor Sánchez travels with twenty men and two of them will have to watch the game from the stands. Taking in mind that the Copa starts on Wednesday it is probable that they could have minutes there.

Once again it is hard to predict the lineup for the game, there are two contradictory facts: the good performance of the starters in the derby, combined with the fact that the Copa is coming in midweek, so the view isn’t clear about the possibility of having rotations or if instead the coach could end up repeating the starting eleven.

In the end the most probable thing is to witness some changes at the lineup. German Lux will be the starting goalie, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ could be returning to the starting formation performing at the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro will stay on the left, same thing than Alejandro Arribas and Sidnei Rechel at the centre.

One of the clearest things is that Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera will remain performing at midfield. There are plenty of choices in attack, Juanfran Moreno could be advanced to the right wing in order to cover Jonathan Viera, while Fayçal Fajr should be back on the left flank. Fede Cartabia is expected to be the playmaker and Lucas Pérez will be the centre forward.

Celso Borges and Luis Alberto are the only two men that remain at the injury room, Juan Dominguez was cleared to play after missing the derby due to an adductor muscle injury, but wasn’t picked for this game. The other players out for tactical reasons are Haris Medunjanin, Saúl García and Miguel Cardoso.

Juanfran was warning about the rival’s potential, "They have improved a lot and will be a difficult opponent. They have good players in attack. One is determinant and last year made a great season, Araujo, and they also have Jonathan [Viera], who is matching a great level and is scoring goals, remembering the players that went from Las Palmas to Valencia. In order to get the three points we need to remain focused and be smart, to avoid what happened at Málaga."

List of picked players (20): Lux, Fabricio, Manu (goalkeepers); Manuel Pablo, Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Lopo, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Fayçal Fajr, Jonás Gutiérrez, Cani, Luisinho (midfielders), Cartabia; Lucas Pérez, Oriol Riera & Jonathan Rodríguez  (attackers)

It has been a bittersweet start to the season for UD Las Palmas. They are returning to the elite after fifteen years, which should be a sweet moment for them, but the criticism towards president Miguel Ángel Ramírez for how he has managed the club, plus the poor performance of the team that led to the early destitution of Paco Herrera, is putting the Canarians among the favourite ones for the relegation places.

But there’s hope as the arrival of Quique Setién has brought fresh air to the Canary Islands. There are signs of life as the yellow team has scored within the last three games after three straight presentations scoreless and only lost one of the last four games, always leaving a positive impression, and their last game was a meritorious 1-1 draw at Mestalla.

Still, Setién is still trying to fix the defensive errors that already cost points to the team and still exploring the best formation that suits the skills of his players. So, despite predicting that he will subsequently move on towards a 4-3-3 draw for this season, it is expected that he will use a 4-2-3-1 system against Deportivo.

Ex-Celta Javi Varas is the starting goalie, David Simón covers the right side in defense, Javi Castellano will perform on the left, while former RCD Mallorca Pedro Bigas and ex-Depor Aythami Artiles cover the central positions.

Vicente Gómez and Roque Mesa perform at midfield, ex-Depor Jeronimo Figueroa ‘Momo’ attacks from the right wing, Jonathan Viera does it from the left, Pedro Tanausú’Tana’, who just signed a contract extension, is the playmaker, Jonathan  Viera attacks from the left wing, and Sergio Araujo is the centre forward.

Argentine Araujo is calling the attention since last season and so far he is responding with two goals and two assists added to his tally, while , Jonathan  Viera is the top-scorer at the team with three goals in favour, with two of these goals netted within the last two meetings.

Aythami was saying that this is a special game for him, ”To talk of Deportivo reminds me of many things. I spent a few good and bad years there related to football and very good in a personal sense. The true is that in Galicia I grew up a lot as a player and as a person, so for me everything is special. It is also nice for the reunion with many players who were my teammates, people at the club with whom we form one big family and always had an exemplary behavior towards me."

List of picked players: It will be released until Saturday

Las Palmas: (4-2-3-1) Varas – Simón, Aythami, Bigas, Castellano – Vicente, Roque – Momo, Tana, Viera - Araujo
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera – Juanfran, Cartabia, Fajr - Lucas
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez
Kick-off: 22h05 CET (Estadio de Gran Canaria)
Head-to-head Vs. Las Palmas: 16 wins for Depor, 6 draws, 16 wins for Las Palmas (Primera & Segunda)
Record in Las Palmas: 5 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 12 wins for Las Palmas (Primera & Segunda)



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