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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – OVIEDO (LIGA)

10 Nov 2018
Deportivo want to continue showing consistency as it hosts Real Oviedo, a club with a short squad having problems in this start to the season.

Referee: Daniel Ocón Arráiz
Kick-off: 20h30 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS: HISTORIC RIVAL
Real Oviedo is one of the historic rivals that Deportivo have faced in more opportunities. This is the 42th visit of the Asturians to La Coruña playing for a league competition, only eight clubs have played there in more opportunities: RC Celta (57), Valencia CF (49), Sevilla CF (47), FC Barcelona (45), Real Madrid (45), Athletic Club (45), RCD Espanyol (43) and Atlético Madrid (43),

But curiously, this is the first league meeting with Oviedo since the season 2000/01, because this is the first time they coincide in a league after almost two decades. Depor have won in 23 of the previous 41 visits of Oviedo to the Riazor, including the last five.

Real Oviedo is the fifth best visiting team at Segunda with 7 points added after six visits, but those seven points were added in the first three games, because the last three meant a defeat for them. Meanwhile, Depor have been solid at the Riazor after adding 13 of the 15 points played there, it’s the fifth best mark in the league despite playing one less home game than 21 of the 22 clubs at Segunda (CD Tenerife have also only played 5 times at home).

DEPORTIVO: CONSISTENCY
The relegation hasn’t been a traumatic event for Deportivo, after 12 matchdays the team coached by Natxo González has demonstrated an important consistency that’s reflected in two stats: Depor is the team with the second-best ball possession percentage in the league (54.68%, only below CD Numancia with 55.49%) and is also the third team that has spent less time trailing during the games: 118 minutes (AD Alcorcón with 11 and Granada CF with 54 are the leaders in this department).

Truly the team has committed punctual mistakes that lead to drop points, like it happened in the last plays of the games at CD Tenerife and Córdoba CF, but the true is that the team never was inferior to the rivals faced so far. Even in the only defeat so far, visiting AD Alcorcón, match in which the team lacked spark in attack, it was possible to recognize a trace of Natxo’s philosophy.  The hope is that the team can be able to keep this consistency and improve the results in order to reach the first two places.

Team news: Krohn-Dehli received okay to play on Friday, so the only players at the injury room are Pedro Sánchez and Sebastián Dubarbier. Striker Borja Valle is serving his third match of suspension and is also out of the game.

Man to watch: Striker Carlos Fernández. The Sevilla loanee arrives motivated after been picked by the U-21 national squad of Spain. He exploded in October scoring five goals in four matches with the team, those five goals were scored at the Riazor.

Picked players: To be released until Saturday.

Predicted lineup: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Pablo Mari, Domingos Duarte, Caballo – Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Edu Expósito – Carles Gil – Quique González, Carlos Fernández.

REAL OVIEDO: CONCERN
There’s a sense of concern in Oviedo as the team is not having a strong start as it was expected; the Asturians missed the promotion playoff in straight seasons just for a minimal difference and now wanted to be up since the beginning. But after twelve matchdays they already lost four times and are four points below the sixth place.

Coach Juan Antonio Anquela is facing the season with a reduced squad of only nineteen men and faced an injury crisis at the start of the league tournament. He already started to make deep changes, including switching the draw (now playing with three centre-backs) and changing the starting keeper, and arrives to the game without Saúl Berjón and his replacement Aarón Ñíguez, duo that’s injured.

Team news: Neither Saúl Berjón nor Aarón Ñíguez trained with the team on Friday, so Anquela only had seventeen men available for the game. In order to fill the gap, he picked left-back defender Javi Hernández from the B squad.

Man to watch: Striker Ibrahima Baldé. With Saúl Berjón off, the Senegalese has the responsibility of the goals. Until matchday 11, he had only played as a starter in Copa Del Rey, but after netting a goal against Nástic he had the chance to be a starter and responded with a goal against RCD Mallorca. So, the 29-year-old arrives motivated after scoring in straight matches.

Picked players: (18) Alfonso Herrero, Nereo Champagne (goalkeepers); Diegui Johannesson, Oswaldo Alanís, Juan Forlín, Carlos Hernández, Christian Bolaño, Carlos Martínez, Mossa Angresola, Javi Hernández (defenders); Ramón Folch, Richard Boateng, Yoel Bárcenas, Sergio Tejera, Javi Muñoz (midfielders) Toché, Ibra Baldé & Joselu Moreno (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (5-4-1) Champagne – Mossa, Alanis, Forlín, Carlos Hernández, Carlos Martínez – Joselu, Tejera, Boateng, Bárcenas - Balde.

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