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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – OSASUNA (LIGA)

24 Nov 2018
Deportivo return to the Riazor recovering Carlos Fernández, a player living a sweet moment. Álex is last-minute casualty and Ortolá is doubtful. The rival is optimistic after chaining three straight victories.

Referee: Aitor Gorostegui Fernández-Ortega
Kick-off: 18h00 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS: UNDEFEATED
Deportivo have spent nine straight games without losing in la liga, this is a mark unseen in the last promotion from Segunda with Fernando Vázquez on board. The last time the Galician team spent so many time without losing was in the previous promotion with José Luis Oltra as the head coach (campaign 2011/12). At the time the team spent eleven games without defeats (between November 2011 and February 2012).

Depor are the fifth best home team in the league after only dropping two points in six matches at the Riazor. Los Blanquiazules also remain as the best scorer in the league (24). Meanwhile, CA Osasuna arrive as the third most in-form team in the league thanks to their three straight victories. Los Rojillos have added 13 points within the last 6 games, one more point than Depor in the same period.

This is the 32th visiting of CA Osasuna to the Riazor playing in a league competition. The Navarrans have only won three times in A Coruña, though all those wins came within the last nine visits. Still, they have remained scoreless in their last five visits to the Riazor (two draws and three defeats).

DEPORTIVO: PHYSICAL PROBLEMS
Right now the debate around Deportivo is about the difference between the performance at home compared to the one on the road, but there’s an important issue that has been affecting coach Natxo González since the beginning of the campaign: The players’ availability.

Since the start of the season there were at least two casualties per game, and always involving a long-term injury, for the game against FC Reus there were even five (October 27). For this week it was expected an improvement, but the week isn’t ending with good news. Pedro Sánchez suffered a relapse from his thigh injury, while Álex Bergantiños is a last-minute casualty due to a back problem.

To make things worse keeper Adrián Ortolá is doubtful after skipping Friday’s training due to flu. Therefore, there are three confirmed absentees for the game and Natxo will have to wait one more week in order to have a full squad available.

Team news: Carlos Fernández is back from international action and is set to start. Playmaker Pedro Sánchez was expected to be available, but he suffered a relapse from a thigh injury and is skipping the game. Midfielder Álex Bergantiños is out as he didn’t end Friday’s training due to a back knock. The third player at the injury room is Sebastian Dubarbier. Keeper Adrián Ortolá has flu and didn’t train on Friday, the doctors will decide if he is fit to play hours before the kick-off; for that reason Fabril’s Pedro López was picked for the game. Gerard Valentín is out for tactical reasons.

Man to watch: Striker Carlos Fernández. It was an unforgettable week for the 22-year-old attacker; he returned to U-21 Spain squad and on Wednesday was named by both, Deportivo and La Liga, as the best player of October. He has scored six goals this season, all of them playing at the Riazor.

Picked players: (19) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá, Pedro López (goalkeepers); David Simón, Eneko Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Saúl García, Diego Caballo (defenders); Edu Expósito, Pedro Mosquera, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Vicente Gómez, Fede Cartabia, Didier Moreno, Carles Gil (midfielders); Quique González, Carlos Fernández & Christian Santos (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Pablo Mari, Domingos Duarte, Saúl – Mosquera, Vicente Gómez, Krohn-Dehli – Cartabia – Quique González, Carlos Fernández.

OSASUNA: OPTIMISM
The media and the public in Pamplona are finally smiling, CA Osasuna were considered as one of several candidates to promotion, but the first results created doubts about the potential of the team. And the picture has changed within the last two months as coach Jagoba Arrasate managed to obtain a regularity thanks to series of positive results.

Fran Mérida returned from an injury and guided a team that has also been benefited by the good form of Roberto Torres and Juan Villar, the latter is the top-scorer of the team with six goals in eight appearances. Not even the punctual errors of ex-Depor goalie Rubén Martínez have stopped the dream of returning to Primera.

Team news: Centre midfielder Íñigo Pérez is out since October due to a toe fracture, while centre-back Aridane Hernández is suspended. Ex-Depor keeper Rubén Martínez is on the roster and is set to start, but ex-Depor striker Xisco wasn’t picked for the meeting.

Man to watch: Centre midfielder Fran Mérida. The Catalan player is living his third season at CA Osasuna, he started the campaign injured (muscle problem), but since his return on matchday 07 the team begun its recovery after a poor start. With him on the pitch, the Navarrans have only suffered one defeat (2-1 at Oviedo). The media in Pamplona considers him as the key to the current positive streak.

Picked players: (18) Rubén Martínez, Juan Pérez (midfielders); Nacho Vidal, Miguel Flaño, David García, Carlos Clerc, Unai García, Manuel Castellano “Lillo” (defenders); Fran Mérida, Roberto Torres, Oier Sanjurjo, Miguel Olavide, Luis Perea (midfielders); David Rodríguez, Rubén García, Brandon Thomas, Kike Baraja & Juan Villar (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Rubén Martínez – Lillo, David García, Unai García, Clerc – Oier, Fran Mérida – Brandon, Roberto Torres, Rubén García – Villar.

ARCHIVE NEWS NOV/18

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