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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – TENERIFE (LIGA)

02 Feb 2019
Depor want to chain three straight victories, but face problems due to injuries and suspensions. The rival is motivated for its last results and the winter signings.

Referee: José Antonio López Toca
Kick-off: 20h30 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS:  AN IN-FORM TEAM
CD Tenerife could be only four points above relegation, but this is a rocky team in recent matchdays. The Canarians have clinched three straight clean sheets and only allowed three goals in the previous three games, so it isn’t strange to realize that their 13 points within the last 6 matchdays is the fourth best mark in the period (Depor only added 10 points in the same frame).

Meanwhile, Deportivo arrive to the game as one of the four Primera sides that remain undefeated playing at home (the others are CA Osasuna, Albacete Balompié and UD Las Palmas). Th Galicians have only conceded five goals in their 11 home meetings, it’s the second-best mark in the league only behind AD Alcorcón (4 in 12 home meetings).

 This is the 23rd visit of CD Tenerife to the Riazor playing for a league competition, the Galicians were eliminated in the playoff to Primera during the season 1989/90 after a home defeat against the Canarians (0-1), but after that painful game they chained 11 straight home games without losing with CD Tenerife, their last meeting at the Riazor was a 1-1 draw for the Segunda season 2013/14 with a goal scored by Lopo.

DEPORTIVO: DIFFICULT DAYS
Deportivo are coming after back-to-back wins, but the feeling among the fans is of concern, because the winter market left the idea that the team is having holes in attack, the exit of Carles Gil wasn’t properly covered and Fede Cartabia was left without a replacement, an important player that has been dragging injuries all season long.

Actually, the Argentine playmaker is doubtful for the game after skipping Friday’s game and it’s possible that the coach won’t even have eighteen men available for the encounter. For this reason Fabril’s playmaker Jonathan Montiel was picked for Friday’s training, he has scored two goals and provided five assists in 20 games at Segunda B.

Team news: The coach is pending to know if Cartabia, Krohn-Dehli and Saúl García are cleared to play, for now the last two plus Pedro Sánchez and b>Carlos Fernández remain at the injury room. Also, Vicente Gómez is suspended. New signing Iñigo López trained on Friday for the first time and is available. Nahuel Leiva arrived late on Friday and the coaching staff will assess him on Saturday, the coach didn’t rule out that he could be on the roster for the game. Fabril’s Jonathan Montiel will train with the team on Saturday in case his presence in the game is needed.

Man to watch: Striker Christian Santos. The Venezuelan sounds like a “reborn” player, this for what he has said regarding his past experience been a substitute. Now he will start again after scoring and having a solid performance against Sporting Gijón.

Picked players: To be released on Saturday.

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera – Quique González, Christian Santos, Borja Valle.
 
TENERIFE: WINTER BOOST
The Canarians needed a renewal after a poor start in the league and they made the step forward with the winter singings, they reinforced almost all the lines and got good players like centre-back Mauro dos Santos, midfielder Uroš Račić plus wingers Isma López and Borja Lasso.

They only failed to sign a left-back defender and a new goalkeeper, but coach José Luis Oltra is happy with what he got, and the team already started to feel the effects of the reinforcements with the recent results. Still, it’s about to be seen if they will be able to correct the curse, after all the goal for the season was to fight for the promotion playoffs and they already are twelve points under the sixth place.

Team news: Winger Paco Montañes (muscle) and centre midfielder Luis Milla (knee) made it to the roster after surpassing their knocks. Centre-back Mauro dos Santos, left-back Samuel Camille (both muscle), midfielder Aitor Sanz (Achilles) and striker Nano Mesa (hernia) are out injured. New signing Isma López wasn’t picked for the game as he only completed a a couple of trainings with the team. There are 19 men on the roster as the coach picked centre midfielder Javi Alonso from the B squad.

Man to watch: Midfielder Uroš Račić. Valencia CF paid €2 million for him and also put a release clause of €100 million for a 20-year-old promise with the class to pass the ball, without minutes this season they decided to loan him out and, in only two games with CD Tenerife, the Serbian already demonstrated that he is a different player. He was the best man against Málaga CF and will be a starter at the Riazor.

Picked players: (19) Ángel Galván, Dani Hernández (goalkeepers); Luis Pérez, Héctor Hernández, Alberto Jiménez, Carlos Ruiz, Jorge Sáenz, Raúl Cámara (defenders); Luis Milla, Borja Lasso, Suso Santana, Uroš Račić, Francisco Montañes, Fernando Coniglio, Iker Undabarrena, Javi Alonso (midfielders); Filip Malbašić, José Naranjo & Borja Llarena (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Dani Hernández – Luis Pérez, Alberto, Jorge Sáenz, Héctor – Račić, Luis Milla – Suso, Borja Lasso, Montañes  – Malbašić.

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