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PREVIEW: SPORTING – DEPORTIVO (LIGA)

27 Jan 2019
Depor try to break the deadlock playing away from the Riazor as it keeps the 4-3-3 draw. The rival is in an ascending lane after the arrival of new coach José Alberto.

Referee: Juan Luis Pulido Santana
Kick-off: 18h00 CET (El Molinón)

STATISTICS: A GROWING RIVAL
Sporting Gijón are a growing team since the arrival of coach José Alberto López, with him on board the Asturian club has added 15 points in 8 Segunda meetings, it’s the second-best mark in the period only behind CA Osasuna (16). Deportivo is tenth in this hypothetical standing with 12 points.

Within the period the only home defeat of Sporting was against Real Zaragoza (1-2, January 5). And that’s also the only home defeat for the Asturians on the season, they are the 8th best home team with 22 points added in 11 games at El Molinón. Meanwhile, Deportivo are still looking for their first away victory since the 1-3 at Gimnástic Tarragona (September 30).

This is the 31st visit of Depor to Sporting playing for a league competition, the Galicians lost the first seven in a row, but within the last seven they won twice and clinched two draws. The last game there was for the Primera season 2016/17 with Los Blanquiazules getting a 0-1 victory thanks to a goal scored by Pedro Mosquera.

DEPORTIVO: EMBRACING THE 4-3-3
Coach Natxo González is ready to repeat the 4-3-3 draw implemented against Albacete, the good impression left, plus the fact the players liked it, is pushing the coach to drop the diamond figure of the 4-3-1-2. The fact that Sporting will probably try to have the initiative in the game might be beneficial as the new scheme tries to take advantage of the empty spaces left in attack.

Natxo is also ready to repeat the names at the lineup, though there’s one expected change with Carlos Fernández entering for a Quique González that hasn’t scored a goal since December (3-1 win over Real Zaragoza).

Team news: Saúl García suffered a hamstring injury during Wednesday’s session and is joining Pedro Sánchez and Krohn-Dehli at the injury room. Meanwhile, Sebastian Dubarbier and Carles Gil are out for tactical reasons.

Man to watch: Striker Carlos Fernández. With Quique González out of form, Depor need a reference in attack and the Andalusian attacker wants to reclaim the place. He got injured against Rayo Majadahonda at the beginning of December ad since then he only played twice. This will be his second appearance as a starter in 2019 after the home meeting with CD Lugo.

Picked players: (18) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Michelle Somma, Diego Caballo (defenders); Edu Expósito, Pedro Mosquera, Vicente Gómez, Álex Bergantiños, Didier Moreno, Fede Cartabia (midfielders); Quique González, Christian Santos, Carlos Fernández & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez – Borja Valle, Carlos Fernández, Cartabia.
 
SPORTING: MORALE BOOST
Sporting Gijón were pointed since starting the season as one of favorite teams to compete for the promotion, but they disappointed with a bad start and soon the team was closer to relegation than to the top spots, but Rubén Baraja was fired at the beginning of November and José Alberto López has been the boost that the Asturians needed.

He was the coach of Sporting B since 2016 and, in only eight games after his promotion, the first team is back into the fight for the playoffs and playing a more joyful style than the one saw at the Riazor, more importantly the fans and the media are once believing in their chances, and that support is always important taking in mind it’s one of the biggest clubs in the league.

Team news: There are three players out injured: midfielders Álex Pérez (hamstring) and Pablo Pérez (adductor muscle) plus centre-back Isma Cerro (muscle). Centre-back Juan Rodríguez is ft to play after skipping a couple of training sessions due to illness.

Man to watch: Striker Uroš Đurđević. During the summer this Serbian attacker became the most expensive transfer in the history of the club (the Asturians paid €2.3 million to Olympiacos for him) and immediately was criticized for his lack of goal. But things radically changed in 2019, because he has scored a goal in each one of the three Segunda games played in the year, he is now seen as the main reference in attack and his 4 goals represent the second-best mark at the team, two goals less than top-scorer Carlos Carmona, who curiously hasn’t scored since November 17, just when Đurđević was about to score his first goal in the league.

Picked players: (21) Diego Mariño, Dani Martín (goalkeepers), André Geraldes, Francisco Molinero, Mathieu Peybernes, Jean-Sylvain Babin, Juan Rodríguez, Javi Noblejas, Carlos Cordero, Roberto Canella (defenders), Carlos Carmona, Álvaro Traver, Cristian Salvador, Isaac Cofie, Nacho Méndez, Hernán Santana, André Sousa (midfielders), Robin Lod, Álvaro Jiménez, Nick Blackman & Uroš Đurđević (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Diego Marino – Geraldes, Peybernes, Babin, Canella – Santana, Cristian Salvador – Robin Lod, Carmona, Álvaro Jiménez - Đurđević.

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