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PREVIEW: ZARAGOZA VS. DEPORTIVO (LA LIGA 17h00)

26 Jan 2007
Deportivo starts tomorrow the second round in la liga with the intention of achieving its first win away from Riazor. But the rival is a tough one: Real Zaragoza, a team that's currently fighting in order to enter into the Champions League positions. The main novelty in the Galician squad will be the presence of Taborda and Filipe in the starting eleven.

DEPORTIVO: MAINTAINING THE SCHEME
Coach Caparr??s has decided to continue with the same strategy that he has implemented after the victory over Real Madrid. The only two modifications will be caused by disciplinary reasons. Capdevila and Riki saw their fifth yellow card of the season in the past game with Espanyol, and both players can't appear in this confrontation.

For that reason Caparr??s has tried to cover their absence with the two players that he considers as the proper ones: Filipe Luis and Sebasti??n Taborda. Filipe will play as left back, while the rest of the defensive line will be completed with Manuel Pablo on the right side and the duo Andrade-Arbeloa on the centre.

Meanwhile, Taborda will perform alongside Arizmendi in the striking zone. Caparr??s is betting on the aerial game of the Uruguayan instead of the velocity of Adri??n, who will be waiting on the bench. Estoyanoff will continue on the right wing, while Cristian will do the same on the left.

Finally, Duscher and De Guzm??n will perform in midfield. A lot has been said about the future of Duscher. Tthe Argentinean has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal, Bolton, Newcastle United, Boca Juniors, Getafe and more recently with Olympique Lyon. The same player has said that he doesn't know what will happen with him after the summer. But Caparr??s is still trusting in him, since he and De Guzm??n have done a very good job, this time they will try to stop the game of Lafita and Aimar. The options that Caparr??s will  have on the bench are: Fabricio, Sergio, Adri??n, Juan Rodr?­guez, Lopo, Barrag??n and Verd??. Once again Coloccini wasn't called for the game.

A player that will live a special moment is Alvaro Arbeloa, he was born in Salamanca and was part of the young teams of Zaragoza. He confessed that this game is a dream come true for him: "If I play in this game, I will fulfil one of my dreams: to play a match at La Romareda."

The ex-Real Madrid also denied the rumours appointing that Fabio Capello is wishing to count on him for the next season: "It should be a joke, there are a lot of good central defenders there, players with experience and that are better than me. I left the club because there was no room for me there, and I don't think that I will have it six months later. Besides, they don't have a buyout clause like some people have said, that information isn't true."


ZARAGOZA: D'ALESSANDRO OUT, LAFITA IN
Coach V?­ctor Fern??ndez has planned four modifications to the lineup that drew with Recreativo on the past weekend. The main novelty is that Andr?©s D'Alessandro will be on the bench. The Argentinean has been in the spotlight during the week after he made a terrible presentation against Recreativo, he was whistled by the fans and he kicked a bottle of water after Fern??ndez replaced him in that game, a signal of frustration that was criticised in Zaragoza.

The man that will replace him is ?ngel Lafita. A skilful youngster that debuted last season and that was persued by Depor. Lafita has participated in 14 games during the present campaign, but he has only played as starter in one occasion, it was in the 1-0 win over Atl?©tico Madrid on matchday 08.

The other three changes that V?­ctor Fern??ndez is preparing are related to the defensive functions. Gabriel Milito is returning from a suspension and he will recuperate his place in the centre of the defence alongside Sergio Fern??ndez. Youngster Piqu?© covered the spot left by Milito against Recreativo, and this time he will advance his position to midfield in order to play as a pivote. Same function that will be fulfilled by Zapater. In this way, the couple Piqu?©-Zapater will replace the duo of the last match: Movilla-Long??s.

Pablo Aimar, Sergio Garc?­a and Diego Milito will complement the lineup of Los Ma?±os. Zaragoza possess the third best scoring record in la liga (30 goals), but they are depending too much in Diego Milito, the Argentinean has scored 12 of those 30 goals. A curious situation is the personal record of V?­ctor Fern??ndez against Deportivo; the ex-coach of Celta has faced Depor on 25 occasions, but he has only achieved 6 wins in those encounters. Fern??ndez won't be on Zaragoza's bench for Sunday's game, because  he was suspended after he argued with the fourth referee in the game with Recreativo.

Albert Zapater talked before the game, saying that this game is a final for them and that Zaragoza should be careful with Deportivo, since he considers the Galician squad a dangerous rival: "This is a final. We came after a draw at home with Recreativo, it's important to obtain the victory and we can forgive more points. About Deportivo, they seem to be living a weird situation after they spent a good start on the season, but they are a team that can beat you at any moment."

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Zaragoza: C?©sar - Chus Herrero, Gabriel Milito, Sergio, Juanfran - Zapater, Piqu?© - Lafita, Aimar - Sergio Garc?­a, Diego Milito
Deportivo: Aouate - Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Arbeloa, Filipe - Estoyanoff, Duscher, De Guzman, Cristian - Arizmendi, Taborda.
Referee: Alvarez Izquierdo.
Kick-off: 17h00 (La Romareda).

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