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PREVIEW: BARCELONA – DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

15 Oct 2016
Garitano is ready to switch the draw into a 4-3-3, while Barcelona want to return to winning ways, but at the same time want to save energies for the Champions League.

Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
<>Kick-off: 16h15 (Camp Nou)

STATISTICS: 1,500 GAMES FOR DEPOR
This match represents the game number 1,500 of Deportivo playing at the elite. So far the Galicians have achieved 557 victories and 382 draws suffering 560 defeats. Only eleven clubs have played more games than them at Primera: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Athletic Club (2,731), Valencia CF (2,633), RCD Espanyol (2,595), Atlético Madrid (2,583), Sevilla CF (2,377), Real Sociedad (2,271), Real Zaragoza (1,986), Real Betis (1,697) and RC Celta (1,667).

Depor have only got points in 10 of their 44 league visits to the Camp Nou, but the recent history is quite positive with Los Blanquiazules picking three draws from the last four games played there, and with the last two games meaning a 2-2 tie coming from a two-goal deficit.

FC Barcelona have started a little slower of what was expected after already losing two times in only seven matchdays. Another surprising thing is that the Catalans have only added one point in their last two home games, they don’t chain three straight matches at the Camp Nou without winning since December 2003.

DEPORTIVO: A SIGN OF HOPE
After the victory over Sporting Gijón, Deportivo search for more signs to keep believing, but the next game is a tough one, a visit to a FC Barcelona that’s missing the perfection of past seasons, but that can eliminate the rival in a stroke of a pen. Coach Gaizka Garitano has been keeping in secrete the possible formation for the game, but he has tested a figure with three centre midfielders during the week. It would be a surprise as before the team has only used the 4-2-3-1 and the 5-4-1.

Team news: Midfielder Faycal Fajr returns from suspension, but he wasn’t included in the roster for tactical reasons. Joselu and Juanfran Moreno are the players at the injury room. Álex Bergantiños is on the roster for the second time on this season. Winger Carles Gil received the medical okay to play on Thursday, but he wasn’t included in the roster, neither keeper Rubén Martínez.

Man to watch: Midfielder Guilherme. The Brazilian has failed to impress in his first games with Depor, but during the week Garitano gave him a starring role during the trainings as he was put as a third centre midfielder in a triple pivote figure. It’s seems the Basque coach wants more pause at midfield and Guilherme is key in the task.

Picked players: (18) Lux, Tytoń (goalkeepers); Laure, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro, Albentosa, Luisinho (defenders); Borges, Pedro Mosquera, Çolak, Guilherme, Álex Bergantiños, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Borja Valle, Ryan Babel, Marlos Moreno & Florin Andone (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Lux – Laure, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro – Borges, Guilherme, Mosquera – Bruno Gama, Andone, Marlos Moreno.

BARCELONA: ODD PRESSURE
Coach Luis Enrique is facing an unexpected pressure at this point, his team is not far from the top of the league, but need to focus and avoid more mistakes that cost valuable points. At the same time he feels the need to rotate players as the heavy calendar and the international action harm the fitness of his squad. A clear example is the game against Depor, the Asturian coach knows that he needs men like Messi, but at the same time he knows that the best thing is to rest him as the Champions League clash with Manchester City is more important. So, the coach faces the pressure of guessing right with his decisions in order to get the best possible result in both meetings.

Team news: Three men will miss the game: Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (knee sprain), right-back Sergi Roberto (adductor) and left-back Jordi Alba (thigh) French centre-back Samuel Umtiti is set to start at the centre of the defence due to the casualties at the back zone, while Luis Enrique still has to decide if both Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitić should start in the game.

Man to watch: Striker Luis Suárez. The physical problems of Messi and the late arrival of Neymar for been playing in the Summer Olympics have put an extra weight in the shoulders of the Uruguayan marksman, and he has responded with five goals scored and two assists so far, the highest contribution at his team and the highest in la liga tied with Atlético’s Griezmann (six goals and one assist).

Picked players: The roster will be released until Saturday.

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Ter Stegen – Vidal, Piqué, Umtiti, Digne -  Rakitić, Busqueta, Iniesta – Turán, Suárez, Neymar.

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