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PREVIEW: GETAFE – DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

28 Feb 2018
Depor need the victory and will try to break the spell with the goals. The rival arrives in a calm situation and starting to think of Europe.

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
Kick-off: 19h30 CET (Alfonso Pérez coliseum)

STATISTICS: SCORELESS
Depor have missed to score goals within the last four liga games and the Galician outfit now accumulates 405 minutes without scoring, it’s the worst drought at the club since 2010 (April-May). At the time the Galicians spent 463 minutes without scoring a goal. Only once Depor spent five games without scoring and it was for the campaign 1964/65, while the worst mark of minutes without goals is from the season 1996/97: 498 minutes. In case of not scoring against Getafe, Depor will be only three minutes away of tying the worst mark in the history of the club.

Meanwhile, Getafe CF is currently a wall in defence. The Madrilenians have only conceded 4 goals within the last 6 games (3rd best mark in la liga), which included a goalless draw at the Camp Nou.  They are also the fifth best home team in the league, the Madrilenians have added 24 points in the 13 home meetings played so far and only lost three times at home: 0-1 Vs. Sevilla, 1-2 Vs. FC Barcelona ad 1-2 Vs. Real Madrid. The latter took place in October, which means that they have spent four months without defeats at the Alfonso Pérez coliseum.

To make things worse, Depor have had poor results in the most recent visits to Getafe CF, the Blanquiazul outfit has only added a point in the last four visits to the Alfonso Pérez coliseum; actually, the victory of the first round was the first success over Getafe CF after chaining a streak of nine games without wins against the Madrilenians (three draws and six defeats).

DEPORTIVO: CLOSE TO THE LIGHT
It has been a season full of miseries for Deportivo, the team is winless since 2017 and already passed a month since scoring a goal, but the results of the direct rivals are leaving the permanence at reach, to the point that a victory in this game could pull Depor out of the pit, at least for 24 hours as both UD Las Palmas and Levante UD play until Thursday.

Seedorf doesn’t like to make big chances at the lineups, not even with the team playing three games in a week. For the encounter the novelty is that he is planning to move Pedro Mosquera forward and allow the entry of Sulleyman Muntari. The draw will continue to be a 4-2-3-1, with the Ghanaian as one of the midfielders and with the Galicians acting as the link in attack.

Team news: Maksím Kóval was included in the roster for the game, so the only players staying at the injury room are Raúl Albentosa and Fede Valverde. Winger Zakaria Bakkali returns from suspension, while the players out for tactical reasons are Gerard Valentín and Carles Gil.

Man to watch: Midfielder Pedro Mosquera. The Galician is coming from his best game on the season and this time Seedorf will change his role at the team. He has been tested as a playmaker and will have the task of trying to improve the passing game and increase the offensive volume of a team struggling to score goals.

Picked players: (21) Rubén Martínez, Tytoń, Kóval (goalkeepers); Juanfran, Bóveda, Sidnei, Schär, Luisinho, Navarro (defenders); Mosquera, Guilherme, Borges, Muntari, Krohn-Dehli, Çolak, Bakkali, Cartabia (midfielders); Adrián, Lucas Pérez, Andone & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Rubén Martínez - Juanfran, Schär, Bóveda, Luisinho - Guilherme, Muntari - Adrián, Pedro Mosquera, Lucas - Andone.

GETAFE: EARLY SALVATION
When Deportivo defeated Getafe CF in the first round, the Madrilenians were sinking in relegation, now Los Azulones are fourteen points above the safety. The reaction started at the end of October and was confirmed recently, with the team spending six games without losses until they fell at Villarreal CF on last weekend (1-0, Getafe CF missed two penalties in the game).

Now, with thirteen matchdays remaining, the team is trying to determine if the Europa League is a feasible target or just a dream (six points under the sixth place), and for this they need to confirm the recent performance and secure the points especially playing at home.

Coach José Luis Bordalás has been praised after the most recent results, beyond for been a team that plays attractive football, it is for keeping a solidity on the field that allowed them to clinch meritorious results, like the 0-0 draw at FC Barcelona early in the month.

Team news: Fayçal Fajr is unavailable for the game due to a clause in his release deal from Depor, he signed as a free agent for Getafe CF, but with the condition that he cannot play against the Galicians. Winger Jefferson Montero left the club on Monday, he wasn’t counting for the coach and returned to Ecuador. Centre midfielder Markel Bergara (toe fracture) is out injured, so Sergio Mora is expected to start.

Man to watch: Attacker Ángel Rodríguez. The Canarian is currently playing alongside Jorge Molina and is Getafe’s top-scorer in liga (10). He is in good shape after scoring four goals and providing two assists within his last seven presentations. His last game at the Alfonso Pérez coliseum was perfect with him scoring a brace and providing an assist before RC Celta (3-0).

Picked players: Roster to be released until Wednesday.

Predicted lineup: (4-4.2) Guaita – Damian Suárez, Dakonam, Bruno, Antunes – Portillo, Arambarri, Mora, Ndiaye  –Ángel Rodriguez, Jorge Molina.

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