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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – LUGO (LIGA)

06 Jan 2019
Depor want to start 2019 with a victory, Natxo González changes the system and some players. CD Lugo is living a disappointing season, but it’s the best defence on the road.

Referee: Rubén Ávalos Barrera
Kick-off: 17h30 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS: THE WORST SEASON
This is the seventh straight season of CD Lugo at Segunda División, and the Galicians never had lesser points of the ones they have now after 19 matchdays: 21. They have only won five games and represent the sixth worst offensive line in the league with only 18 goals in favour (they have ended scoreless in 8 of the 19 games played so far).

Curiously, and despite their poor run, CD Lugo have been a tough opponent playing away from the Anxo Carro. They only won once playing in this condition (2-3 at Albacete back in September) and lost four of the nine away games, but only conceded seven goals in the process, which is the best mark for a visiting team in this league campaign.

Meanwhile, Deportivo arrive to the meeting after their second defeat on the season and trying to extend their positive rally a home. The Galicians have only dropped four points in two draws at the Riazor, and their 23 points added after 9 home games is the second-best mark in the league only behind Málaga CF (24).

DEPORTIVO: CHANGES
After the heavy defeat at Cádiz CF, coach Natxo González is ready to go back to the normal scheme of three centre midfielders and that also involves making changes with the name of the players in the formation. Up to four modifications are expected compared to the team that lost at the Carranza stadium.

Saul García claims the spot at the left side of the defence, while there are two changes at midfield. Pedro Mosquera and Michael Krohn-Dehli step in for Álex Bergantiños and Vicente Gómez. The return of the playmaker’s role means the reintroduction of Carles Gil. Carlos Fernández is finally back, but Borja Valle is expected to start as Sevilla’s loanee spent almost a month on the sidelines.

Team news: Pedro Sánchez is the only player at the injury room; striker Carlos Fernández is back after missing the previous three games. Christian Santos received the okay from doctors, but stayed out for tactical reasons alongside Dubarbier and Gerard Valentín.

Man to watch: Playmaker Carles Gil. Deportivo missed the figure of a link between midfield and the attackers against Cádiz CF, and it will need it again in this game as the Galicians face the best defensive line playing on the road. Gil has been intermittent on the season, but already showed glimpses of his qualities during his 17 appearances in liga.

Picked players: (20) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá (goalkeepers); David Simón, Eneko Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Michelle Somma, Diego Caballo, Saúl García (defenders); Edu Expósito, Pedro Mosquera, Vicente Gómez, Álex Bergantiños, Krohn-Dehli, Didier Moreno, Fede Cartabia, Carles Gil (midfielders); Quique González, Carlos Fernández & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Saúl García – Pedro Mosquera, Krohn-Dehli, Edu Expósito – Carles Gil – Quique González, Borja Valle.

LUGO: DISAPPOINMENT
There’s a feeling of disappointment in Lugo after the poor start of the team in the Segunda tournament, the team is close to the relegation zone and Javi López was fired after only eleven games. Alberto Monteagudo arrived to the bench (the sixth coach in a frame of three years) and the team showed some signs of improvement, though it only won two of the eight games under his command.

The new coach commented in an interview at La Voz de Galicia that his team is still adapting to the situation, “The idea of football that I'm playing in Lugo is not my idea, because here I'm playing with two forwards. I always liked to play with more control, with three men inside and very fast wingers. Here I put two strikers, which have given me a lot. We are a team that works, that plays together, that goes out fast... We should still have more control of the game, but I understand that it isn’t easy because normally people play with one striker and three men in the middle and there’s a lot of accumulation of people at the centre. We will be modifying things, but in any case, I am very happy with the attitude, work and in defending what we want to defend.”

Team news: Centre-backs Josete Malagón and Miguel Vieira are suspended after picking the fifth yellow card of the season in the game with Sporting Gijón, then right-back Serge Leuko is out since September with an Achilles injury.

Man to watch: Striker Cristian Herrera. The Canarian attacker is one of the few good news of the team for the season; this is his second year at the club and is already the top-scorer on this campaign with five goals scored in seventeen appearances, four of those goals came in his last five matches.

Picked players: (22) Juan Carlos, Alberto Varo, Pablo Cacharrón (goalkeepers); Vasyl Kravets, Bernardo Cruz, Luis Ruiz,  Borja San Emeterio, José Carlos Ramírez, Edu Campabadal (defenders); Fernando Seoane, Carlos Pita, Antonio Campillo, Ramon Azeez, Carlos Lazo, Juan Muñiz, Giorgi Aburjania, Sergio Gil, Iriome González (midfielders); Jona Mejía, Cristian Herrera, Dani Escriche & Jean Marie Dongou (strikers)

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Juan Carlos – Campabadal, José Carlos, Bernardo, Kravets – Iriome, Seoane, Azeez, Juan Muñiz – Escriche, Cristian Herrera.

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