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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – VALENCIA (LIGA)

31 Oct 2016
Garitano makes changes as Deportivo want to avoid the relegation zone. Çolak is expected to start before a Valencia that’s improving, but that remains close to the drop zone.

Referee: José Luis González González
Kick-off: 20h45 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS: CLEAN SHEETS
Deportivo is dragging a negative mark of sixteen official games at home allowing a least a goal (fifteen in liga and one in Copa), this is the worst streak in the history of the club. The last clean sheet at the Riazor was the 2-0 win over SD Eibar in 2015 (December 19). This means the Blanquiazul outfit has spent the whole 2016 leaking goals at home.

And the rival doesn’t seem to be the best one to break the curse: Valencia CF. Los Ches are the nightmare of the Riazor as they represent the team that has clinched more wins there playing for Primera División: 17. Mark above FC Barcelona (14), Real Madrid (14) and Atlético Madrid (11). The 3-0 win of the campaign 2014/15 is the only one among the last nine home meetings against the Valencians.

Neither it has been a good start for Valencia CF; they already changed the coach after the poor results and, despite winning three of the last five games in the competition, they are only one point above the pit. Still, their results on the road are good after winning two of their four visits.

DEPORTIVO: BIG TEST AT THE RIAZOR
The start of season has been disappointing and the first rumours pointing to the exit of coach Gaizka Garitano are already hear outside the Riazor. It is commented that this game and the next visit to Granada CF are key and a bad performance in any of them would lead to the dismissal of the Basque man. But the environment around the team isn’t special for this game, there’s some tension, but the usual one. Actually, the attention has been more focused in the eight goals conceded within the last two games, the behaviour of Emre Çolak and the poor performance of a team that isn’t convincing the fans.

Garitano prepares changes. Çolak and Celso Borges should be back at the starting eleven, while both Luisinho and Marlos Moreno are expected to have an opportunity since the kick-off.

Team news: Joselu is the only player at the injury room, Laure was returning from suspension, but was left out of the game as he was having a familiar issue, reason why he didn’t train on Sunday. The other two players out for tactical reasons are midfielder Álex Bergantiños and attacker Borja Valle.

Man to watch: Playmaker Emre Çolak. The Turkish man is returning after been surprisingly left out of the derby. It’s expected that he will be a starter after showing glimpses of his class in the victory over Sporting Gijón.

Picked players: (18) Lux, Tytoń (goalkeepers); Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Albentosa, Navarro, Luisinho (defenders); Borges, Pedro Mosquera, Çolak, Guilherme, Fajr, Carles Gil, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Ryan Babel, Marlos Moreno & Florin Andone (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho – Borges, Mosquera – Bruno Gama, Çolak, Marlos Moreno – Andone.

VALENCIA: NEW BEGINNING
New rollercoaster at Valencia CF, something that’s already common at this club. The first results were so bad that the team was in relegation at the end of September and coach Pako Ayestarán was fired. Italian Cesare Prandelli replaced him and, despite winning three of the last five games, his team remains close to relegation and the fans are eagerly expecting for the game against at the Riazor to confirm if the improvement witnessed against FC Barcelona is real or just a mirage in another transition season.

Team news: Left-backs Guilherme Siqueira (Soleus) and José Luis Gayá (muscle) are out due to injury reasons. Youngster Antonio Latorre ‘Lato’ was considered as a possible substitute during the week, but he wasn’t picked for the match. Ex-Depor Fede Cartabia is on the roster though Prandelli has to rule out a player before the kick-off.

Man to watch: Winger Nani. The Portuguese landed at Mestalla after a mediocre career at Manchester United, plus two forgettable seasons at SC Sporting and Fenerbahçe, but his performance with Valencia has been more than acceptable. He has played in seven of the nine games disputed so far and scored a goal plus providing three assist, the most productive contribution at the squad together with the one of Dani Parejo.  He can now be considered as the leader of a young team that lost Paco Alcácer as the main reference in attack.

Picked players: (19) Ryan, Diego Alves, Domenech (goalkeepers); Cancelo, Montoya, Santos, Garay, Abdennour, Mangala (defenders); Enzo Pérez, Parejo, Medrán, Mario Suárez, Fede Cartabia (midfielders); Santi Mina, Munir, Bakkali, Rodrigo & Nani (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Diego Alves - Santos, Garay, Mangala, Abdennour - Cancelo, Enzo Pérez, Mario Suárez - Nani, Parejo, Rodrigo

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