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PREVIEW: BETIS - DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

26 Aug 2016
Depor travel to Andalusian pending more of what will happen with Lucas; the attacker was picked, but might skip the match if his transfer is completed before the kick-off.

Kick-off: Benito Villamarín (20h45 CET)
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez

STATISTICS, GOOD NUMBERS AT THE BENITO VILLAMARÍN
This has been one of the most profitable visits for Deportivo within the last two decades. The Galicians have won eight of the last fourteen liga visits to Real Betis, a solid number that not even Real Madrid or FC Barcelona can match.

In that same period the Andalusians were only able to beat Depor twice at their stadium: 1-0 (1997/98) and 2-0 (2004-/05). Within the last six liga meetings played there Deportivo won four times and drew in the other two only allowing three goals and clinching three clean sheets.

Last season, Betis were the third worst local team in the league after only adding 24 points in 19 matches at the Benito Villamarín: Meanwhile, Deportivo were the eighth best visiting outfit in La Liga with 22 points added after 19 visits.

DEPORTIVO: ONE EYE IN THE MARKET
Turbulent times at Deportivo; Arsenal FC appeared in the picture and the Gunners are about to pay the release clause of Lucas Pérez, while Valencia CF were trying to get Sidnei Rechel, though the defender will not leave after the Galicians counteracted to get the full percentage of his rights. Both players were picked for the meeting, but with two key men at the door out, coach Gaizka Garitano decided to pick twenty players in case both exits are completed before the kick-off, so the starting lineup was not only pending of the coach’s strategy, but also of the transfer news.

Team news: The full squad is available. Garitano picked 20 of the 22 players at the squad, later Lucas was dropped as the deal with the Gunners is imminent. The other two men staying out are keeper Rubén Martínez and striker Marlos Moreno, the Colombian still needs time to gain pace and should be ready after the international break.

Man to watch: Florin Andone. With Lucas leaving, the Romanian is called to be the reference in attack. He arrived late and only had some minutes against SD Eibar, but scored a beautiful goal in the Teresa Herrera and expects that this game could be his presentation card at the club.

Picked players: (19) Lux, Tytoń (goalkeepers); Laure, Juanfran, Sidnei, Arribas, Albentosa, Luisinho, Navarro (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Borges, Pedro Mosquera, Çolak, Fajr, Guilherme, Carles Gil, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Borja Valle & Florin Andone (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro –Guilherme, Mosquera - Bruno Gama, Fajr, Carles Gil – Andone.

REAL BETIS: DOUBTS IN DEFENSE
The Andalusians had a promising start in the pre-season with good football and positive results, like the 1-0 win over Werder Bremen, but the last stretch created doubts, mainly in defence, this after bad games like the 0-3 loss before Montpellier HSC. These doubts were increased with the passive attitude of the defence in some plays during the 2-6 loss before FC Barcelona in the opening matchday. New coach Gustavo Poyet is also pending to extract more from the ten signings that he made during the summer and that meant an investment of €19 million.

Team news: Centre midfielder Jonás Martínez is the only player out due to injury reasons (ankle). Partizan’s captain, Darko Brasanac, is the new signing of Betis after failing to get David López, but won’t arrive in time for the match.  Ukrainian striker Roman Zozulya was picked for the first time.

Man to watch: Striker Rubén Castro, who is a guarantee of goals for the Andalusian outfit. The ex-Depor man scored both goals in the 2-6 defeat against FC Barcelona and increased his tally to 65 goals in 132 Primera appearances with Los Verdiblancos. He only needs 15 more in order to reach the mark of Poli Rincón, the best scorer in the club playing at the elite.

Picked players: (19) Adán, Dani Giménez (goalkeepers); Piccini, Bruno, Mandi, Pezzella, Durmisi, Petros (defenders); Fabián, Felipe Gutiérrez, Dani Ceballos, Cejudo, Joaquín, Nahuel, Musonda (midfielders); Zozulya, Álex Alegría, Sanabria & Rubén Castro (attackers).

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