Squad news


22 Dec 2018
Depor are closing 2018 trying to stay in direct promotion and facing one of the biggest challenges of the campaign. The rival arrives in an ascending line, both in and outside the pitch.

Referee: Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos
Kick-off: 20h45 CET (Ramón de Carranza)

Despite the recent loss at Málaga CF, Cádiz CF is the most in-form team at Segunda with twenty-one points added within the last eight matchdays, their previous run of seven straight wins in liga is something that no one has achieved this season in Spain.

The Andalusians are also the eighth best local team in the league after adding 18 points in 10 home games, their only home defeat was against AD Alcorcón (0-2). Meanwhile, and despite the criticism for not winning on the road for three months, Deportivo is the third best away team in the league with 12 points in 9 visits, mark only below Granada CF and Albacete Balompié (both 17 points).

Depor have only added points in two of the twelve visits made to Cádiz CF playing for a league competition, curiously it was in the last two. After ten straight defeats on last decade, including a 7-2 on the Segunda campaign 1984/85, the Galicians added a victory and a draw. The victory was a 0-3 score during the season 1992/93 thanks to a brace of Bebeto and a goal from Fran.

The first round in ending and Depor already faced the favourite teams for promotion, but it turns out that those meetings took place at the Riazor (Málaga CF, Granada CF, CA Osasuna, Sporting Gijón). The exception has been the games at UD Las Palmas and AD Alcorcón, and it turns out that the Galicians only added one point in those two visits.

 Now Deportivo face a bigger challenge to end the year, and it’s to visit not only a candidate for promotion, but also a side in its best moment on the season. And it happens when the media and the public are still pushing for better results on the road.

Vicente Gómez was talking of the issue on Thursday, ”In these scenarios is where our best version must show up. I am not obsessed with winning. We can improve, of course, but it's not a matter of been obsessed, but of changing a bit. We didn't win in Majadahonda due to circumstances as we were better. The normal thing is that the team will improve playing on the road."

Team news: Carlos Fernández and Gerard Valentín didn’t arrive in time and are the players at the injury room. Left-back Saúl García is returning from suspension. Christian Santos, Didier Moreno and Gerard Dubarbier are the players out for tactical reasons.

Man to watch: Midfielder Edu Expósito. The 22-year-old player has had a strong start in his debut with the first team, he is now a fixed starter and a key piece to pass the ball, he is coming after scoring his first goal with Depor and already provide three assists, now the Catalan midfielder faces a tough challenge playing against a rival that puts a lot of pressure in his sector.

Natxo González released the roster for the game at Cádiz CF. Saúl is back. Carlos Fernández and Gerard Valentín are out injured. Christian Santos and Didier Moreno remain out for tactical reasons.

Picked players: (19) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá (goalkeepers); David Simón, Eneko Bóveda, Michelle Somma, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Diego Caballo, Saúl García (defenders); Edu Expósito, Pedro Mosquera, Vicente Gómez, Álex Bergantiños, Krohn-Dehli, Pedro Sanchez, Cartabia, Carles Gil (midfielders); Quique González, & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Saúl García – Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Edu Expósito – Pedro Sánchez – Quique González, Borja Valle.

Just some years ago, Cádiz CF was lost between Segunda and Segunda B, with an uncertain future due to unpaid wages and a bad administration, but the arrival of president Manuel Vizcaino in 2014 changed everything. 

Despite been accused of been under the umbrella of Granada CF and Quique Pinia, Vizcaino has managed to clean the debt of a club that was under administration and, at the same time, built up a team that’s now aspiring to the promotion. Just this week the club announced that has paid all the debt (€6.7 million) and already started to announce the renewal of players, this week it was the contracts of attacker Manu Vallejo, plus keeper Alberto Cifuentes and his substitute David Gil.

Things are also evolving in the sporting department, after a doubtful start, the team is already in the fight for the promotion seats. The pending issue is to reinforce some positions during the winter market, starting with the centre of the defence, position where they only have three players (only one is available for the game against Depor).

Team news: Coach Álvaro Cervera was unable to recover midfielder Salvador Sánchez ‘Salvi’ and centre-back Sergio Sánchez (both muscle knocks), so there are four casualties for the game as centre-back Servando Sancho (nose fracture) and striker Mario Barco (muscle) also remain out.

Man to watch: Attacker Manu Vallejo. This 21-year-old multifunctional player is the sensation this season at Cádiz CF. He can perform as a playmaker, left winger or centre forward and is already the top-scorer at the team with five goals added to his tally (scored in five straight games in November). He was renewed at the start of the season, and just this week he signed a new extension lasting until 2023.

Picked players: (22) Alberto Cifuentes, David Gil (goalkeepers); Rober Correa, David Carmona, Brian Oliván, José Joaquín Matos, Marco Mauro, Ivan Kecojević (defenders); Jon Ander Garrido, Karim Azamoum, Edu Ramos, José Mari, Álex Fernández, Salvador Agra, Ager Aketxe, Alberto Perea, Jairo Izquierdo (midfielders); Manu Vallejo, José Ángel Carrillo, Mario Barco, Dejan Lekić & Dani Romera (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Cifuentes – Correa, Kecojević, Marcos Mauro, Aketxe – José Mari, Garrido – Álex Fernández, Manu Vallejo, Jairo Izquierdo - Carillo.



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