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05 Dec 2015
Depor want to chain a third straight win in la liga and Víctor is ready to repeat the lineup. Sevilla CF didn’t start well and will have to switch the draw after the injury of Banega.

Sevilla CF were an accessible opponent for Depor at the beginning of the century, but things are now very different. The Galicians have spent almost six years without defeating the Andalusians in official competitions, their last success was a 0-1 win at the Sánchez Pizjuán playing for the Copa Del Rey (January 27, 2010)

Since then both teams collided in five opportunities in liga with four wins for Sevilla CF and one draw. The last win in liga over the Andalusian side took place at the Riazor during the campaign 2009-10 with a goal scored by Juan Rodriguez (1-0; October 17, 2009).

But on this season things are more favourable to Deportivo; the Galicians have three more points than the Andalusians and have both scored more and allowed lesser goals than the rival. To have in mind that Sevilla CF are one of the four Primera clubs that haven’t won yet playing on the road (the other three are UD Las Palmas, Málaga CF and Getafe CF). After six visits they were only able to get three draws.

Meanwhile, Deportivo are only the 13th best team at home, this after only clinching two victories at the Riazor (3-0 Vs. RCD Espanyol and 2-0 Vs. RC Celta). The Galicians are trying to chain three straight wins for the first time on the season, so far they only achieved back-to-back wins twice.

It has been a great start for Depor, with 21 points after only 13 matchdays. The team is currently fifth and it practically added the half of the points needed for the permanence, which is the main target for the campaign. The media already started to ask if the Blanquiazul outfit should be ambitious and start thinking of new goals.

But for the moment the coach and the players want to remain focused in the main target and avoid optimistic views. Pedro Mosquera explained that it is too soon to start talking of bigger goals, ”It’s too soon until we don’t have the needed points to certify the permanence we cannot think of another thing. For the moment it is too soon, even if we have more points in the first round we need to be cautious.”

Beyond thinking of Europe, the coaching staff and the players know that December is an important month with difficult and consecutive challenges facing Sevilla CF and later FC Barcelona. In case of having positive results in these games it might reopen the debate of Depor’s aspirations for the season.

In the meantime it is expected that coach Víctor Sánchez is going to repeat the lineup for the third straight opportunity. The starters in liga didn’t play in Copa with the exception of Luisinho, who was sent off, but is eligible for the game as his suspension is valid only in Copa.

German Lux is the starting keeper, Juanfran Moreno covers the right side in defence, Fernando Navarro does it on the left. The former captain of Sevilla CF is facing his club for the first time. Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas play at the central positions.

Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera are the centre midfielders, Cani will attack from the right wing, Luisinho does it from the left, then Uruguayan Jonathan Rodriguez and Lucas Pérez are the strikers.

Goalkeeper Fabricio received the news that he needed a knee surgery and won’t play until next year; he is joined at the injury room by Celso Borges, Luis Alberto and Jonás Gutiérrez. Andalusian Luis Alberto is training with the group but hasn’t received the medical okay. The players out for tactical reasons are Saul García, Haris Medunjanin, Manuel Pablo and Miguel Cardoso.

Fernando Navarro talked of Sevilla CF, “It’s my former team. I have a great love for them, but this is only one more game. We are going for the victory and the three points. It’s weird to see them at the tenth position, but the competition is what it is. We will try to keep the dynamic and to achieve the permanence as soon as possible. It will be important to add the three points before a great rival, we will try to do it using our weapons.”

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

Sevilla FC have defeated Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Valencia CF after only three months of competition, that means three of the top four teams on last season (they also lost 0-3 before Atlético), however they still without convincing their own fans. It’s a paradox of a team that has clinched solid results at home, but that’s poor on the road.

Beyond liking the style of play or not, the fans and the media are worried for the outcome, because at this early stage in the season the Andalusian outfit was already eliminated in Champions League and is struggling to enter the European zone in liga, currently tenth after already suffering five defeats in thirteen matchdays.

Despite the disappointment there still hope in Seville, the team is only three points behind the European places and the calendar for the rest of the first round looks accessible, but now they face the tougher challenge before ending the first round: to clinch their first away win in liga visiting a Deportivo that’s fifth at the standings.

After a placid victory over Logroñes playing for Copa Del Rey using substitutes, coach Unai Emery is ready to call back the normal starters for the game at the Riazor. But he still facing injury problems, the last one is Argentine Éver Banega, who is a last-minute casualty due to a Soleus problem.

It’s a big casualty as the Argentine is unique at his versatile squad, to the point that Emery will have to switch the draw. The 4-2-3-1 scheme used against Valencia CF could be changed for a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3, the latter seems to be the most probable choice.

Sergio Rico covers the goal, Brazilian Mariano Ferreira performs at the right side of the defence, Sergio Escudero does it at the left, while the central positions are for French duo Timothée Kolodziejczak and Adil Rami.

Another Frenchman, Steven N’Zonzi joins Polish Grzegorz Krychowiak and Vicente Iborra at midfield, Canarian Vitolo Machín attacks from the right wing, Ukrainian Yevhen Konoplyanka is the left winger and Kevin Gameiro is the centre forward.

After struggling to settle at Sevilla CF, French Gameiro is now the main reference in attack with five goals scored and one assist, leaving other big names like Italian Ciro Immobile and Fernando Llorente as the alternatives on the bench.

Llorente was talking of the game; the ex-Athletic man hopes that the victory in Copa over Logroñes, the first on the road for the Andalusians, can help them to pave the way to the first positions, “Let’s see if now we can win away from home… Now we must think of la liga, it is going to be very important the game in A Coruña if we want to get close to the European positions.”

List of picked players (19): Sergio Rico, David Soria (goalkeepers); Coke, Mariano, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Luismi, Escudero, Cristóforo (defenders); Krychowiak, N'Zonzi, Iborra, Krohn-Dehli, Vitolo, Reyes, Konoplyanka (midfielders); Immobile, Llorente & Gameiro (attackers).

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Juanfran. Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Cani, Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Luisinho – Jonathan, Lucas Pérez.
Sevilla: (4-3-3) Rico – Mariano, Kolodziejczak, Rami, Escudero – N’Zonzi, Iborra, Krychowiak – Vítolo, Gameiro, Konoplyanka.
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Kick-off: 22h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head vs. Sevilla CF: 35 wins for Depor, 22 draws, 33 wins for Sevilla (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 27 wins for Depor, 11 draws, 7 wins for Sevilla (Primera & Segunda)



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