Squad news


01 Feb 2016
Depor will try to get the first victory in 2016, Víctor repeats the lineup with Manu been the only novelty. Rayo Vallecano arrive after a poor first round, but with good results lately.

Rayo Vallecano are reacting after a terrible run that put them on the pit, they picked four points in tough games with Valencia CF (2-2) and RC Celta (3-0), but the true is that they remain in danger as their defence has been really weak; and it’s that they are the worst at Primera División after allowing 45 goals in 21 presentations. Besides, they have lost in 7 of their 10 away games on the season, reason why they are the second worst team in this department. Their only away success was the 0-1 win at UD Las Palmas (Sept. 20).

Deportivo, meanwhile, remain to live a calm season been only four points behind the European zone, but it’s also true that the Galicians have failed to impress recently; actually they remain winless in 2016. Their last victory in liga was over SD Eibar (Dec. 19). Only five Primera clubs have been unable to win in the new year: Deportivo, Valencia CF, RCD Espanyol, Real Betis and UD Las Palmas.

Rao Vallecano have a negative record playing at the Riazor, they have visited A Coruña in 27 opportunities playing for Primera and Segunda División (including playoffs) and only won four times. Their last success there was for the season 1988/89 (1-2), though since that game they drew in 7 of the next 11 visits.

January was an exhausting month for Deportivo, the team took part of two tournaments and was unable to win any of the six games played. It suffered humiliations in Copa Del Rey and at the Bernabéu, and it started to lose some of the enthusiasm among the fans after a good performance in the first round. Now Depor try to recover some self-esteem and there are two factors that occurred in midweek and that might help to recover the morale.

The first is the renewal of coach Víctor Sánchez and the second is the continuity of centre midfielder Pedro Mosquera after refusing a big offer coming from Valencia CF. It means important steps ahead of the near future and motivating factors for a squad trying to get back some of the impulse of past months, something that’s crucial now that the team faces an accessible calendar in February.

Víctor will keep playing with a 4-4-2 draw, there is one big novelty and it’s the goalkeeper. German Lux is suspended and his replacement will be Manu Fernández, who is making his first appearance in liga after been the starting goalie in the four Copa meetings played on this campaign.

Cani is available after having a back problem during Saturday, it’s expected he will stay at the starting formation, which means that Juanfran Moreno will keep performing at the right-back position, Fernando Navarro plays at the left, with the central positons been for and Sidnei Rechel.

Álex Bergantiños will complete his game number 100 at Primera and joins Mosquera at midfield, Cani is the right winger, Fayçal Fajr performs on the left flank, then Luis Alberto and Lucas Pérez are the centre forwards.

Fede Cartabia received the medical okay to play, but wasn’t called as Víctor considers that the Argentine isn’t ready. The two players staying at the injury room are Fabricio and Celso Borges. Winger Jonás Gutiérrez returns to the roster, while Juan Domínguez and Manuel Pablo are out for tactical reasons.

Ex-Rayo Arribas was warning about the rival for the game, ”We know that anything can happen in the games of Rayo, because they make a joyful and offensive game, and are coming after a good run and beating Celta at home. They have gained confidence and it will be a complicate game, but we need to return to winning ways, so we will give everything to get the three points.”

List of picked players: Manu, Pletikosa (goalkeepers); Laure, Sidnei, Lopo, Arribas, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Cani, Luisinho, Jonás, Fayçal Fajr (midfielders); Lucas Pérez, Oriol Riera, Jonathan Rodríguez & Luis Alberto (attackers).

It has been a hard season for Rayo Vallecano, once again coach Paco Jémez had to start from zero after his club made 18 signings during the summer, and the true is that the major part of them were a major disappointment, like the case of ex-Depor Luis Fariña who already left during the winter window.

The Madrilenians have been fighting to survive since their promotion in 2011 and on this season they look closer to go down again after terrible games like the 10-2 loss at Real Madrid. Jémez is so tired that in December the Canarian coach already hinted that he is leaving during next summer. The club is trying to bounce back and recover some of the hope among the fans and signed Piti, the former captain and important goal-scorer at the squad. He only completed one training session with the team, but was included in the roster. He is the only of the four winter signings that are traveling to the Riazor.

No big changes are expected at the 4-2-3-1 formation, Juan Carlos is the goalkeeper, Quini Marin covers the right side in defence, Nacho Martínez performs on the left side, with ex-Depor Zé Castro and Roberto Román ‘Tito’ are covering the central positions.

Diego Llorente and Galician Roberto Trashorras are the centre midfielders, Bebé attacks from the right wing, ex-Valencia Pablo Hernández does it from the left, Jozabed Sánchez is the playmaker and Javi Guerra is the centre forward.

Among the few good news on the season is the performance of both Javi Guerra and Jozabed, both players combined have scored 16 of the 26 goals scored by the team on this league tournament.

Captain Trashorras also shines after brining five assists. He was talking about Deportivo during the week, ”Deportivo are complicated, in Vallecas they gave us a lot of troubles. They are a tough team to beat, just like any other in the league. It’s a strong rival doing a great season and tey have players yielding at the top. But I know that if we show the same level than against Valencia and Celta, without been disrespectful, I don’t care who is playing against us, because I know we can compete.”

List of picked players (20): Juan Carlos Yoel, Iván Oviedo (goalkeepers); Tito, Quini, Zé Castro, Nacho Llorente, Dorado (defenders) Baena, Trashorras, Jozabed, Piti, Pablo Hernández, Montiel (midfielders); Bebé, Javi Guerra, Miku, Manucho & Juancho López (attackers)

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Manu – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Cani, Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Fajr – Lucas, Luis Alberto.
Rayo Vallecano: (4-2-3-1) Juan Carlos – Quini, Tito, Zé Castro, Nacho – Llorente, Trashorras – Bebé, Jozabed, Pablo Hernández – Javi Guerra.
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Kick-off: 20h30 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Rayo: 26 wins for Depor, 15 draws, 12 wins for Rayo (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 15 wins for Depor, 8 draws, 4 wins for Rayo (Primera & Segunda)



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