Squad news


10 Mar 2019
Deportivo will try to clear out the doubts at the Riazor as Natxo changes the scheme again. UD Las Palmas arrive with Pepe Mel as their third coach on the season.

Referee: Oliver De La Fuente Ramos
Kick-off: 20h00 CET (Riazor)

Deportivo have disappointed recently with a series of three straight draws at home, but the Galicians remain undefeated at the Riazor (8 wins and 6 draws). They are one of the four teams without home defeats on the season (the others are CA Osasuna, Albacete Balompié and UD Las Palmas). 

Meanwhile, UD Las Palmas are the seven worst visiting team at Segunda División after only adding 12 points in 14 away meetings, the Canarians have only won once on the road: 1-2 at Extremadura UD, and that victory came early on the campaign (September 16).

UD Las Palmas have visited the Riazor in 22 opportunities playing for a league competition. They clinched five wins, and recently they got good results there after winning once and adding two draws within the last four games in A Coruña.

The series of three straight draws at home have left a negative impression among the fans, the pressure of the media is constant and the players refuse that they are feeling anxious. In the end the team is feeling some pressure in order to add victories at the Riazor and reach the first two places as soon as possible,

Right-back David Simón was talking of the issue on Friday, “We have been third or fourth all season long, please don't create more anxiety with it.  It seems that outside we are playing calmer than at home. At home the chances aren't coming and maybe that's why we are getting nerves, but we have learned. You have to look at the positive things and we haven't lost yet."

Meanwhile, coach Natxo González is preparing to return to the diamond figure of three centre midfielders, he has also tested changes at the sides in defence and in attack. In the end up to five modifications are expected compared to the game against AD Alcorcón.

Team news: Vitor Silva was signed during the week, but he is missing the game due to a muscle problem. The other two players at the injury room are Krohn-Dehli and Carlos Fernández. The coach will release the roster for the game until Sunday as there’ s a last training session (Riazor, 10h00 CET).

Man to watch: Striker Quique González. The Valladolid-born attacker had a solid game against AD Alcorcón, he scored twice and had two additional chances to score. Now he wants to prove that he has regained the form of the start of the season.

Picked players: Roster to be released on Sunday.

Predicted lineup: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Saúl – Edu Expósito, Mosquera, Vicente Gómez – Pedro Sánchez – Borja Valle, Quique González.
Without doubt UD Las Palmas is the biggest disappointment of the season, the Canarians have the third largest budget in the league and now, with fourteen games to go, they are nine points away from the sixth place. And the last bullet in order to resurrect any option of promotion is Pepe Mel, who arrived this week in order to be the third coach on the season.

Paco Herrera was his predecessor and arrived in November, but just made things worse. Manolo Jiménez was the first coach and clinched five wins in fourteen games, enough to be sixth, but it wasn’t enough due to the high expectations and Herrera only added two wins in thirteen games pulling the team out of the promotion spots.

Team news: Centre-back Juan Cala and attacker Rafa Mir are suspended for the game. Centre-back Martín Mantovani wasn’t picked for tactical reasons, he was one of the two starters at the centre of the defence in eight of the last nine games.

Man to watch: Striker Rubén Castro. The veteran striker was called to be the big top-scorer in the league, this after scoring six goals in his first five appearances, but later his performance decreased like the rest of the team. But he has been improving lately and is now the third best scorer in the league with 11 goals added to his tally, two of them within the last four games.

Picked players: (18) Raúl Fernández, Nauzet Pérez (goalkeepers); Eric Curbelo, Álvaro Lemos, Aythami Artiles, David García, Deivid, De la Bella (defenders); Gaby Peñalba, David Timor, Ruiz de Galarreta, Fidel Chaves, Momo, Maikel Mesa, Danny Blum (midfielders); Rubén Castro, Tomás Pekhart & Sergio Araujo (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Raúl Fernández - Álvaro Lemos, David García, Aythami, De la Bella - Fidel, Ruiz de Galarreta, Timor, Blum – Araujo, Rubén Castro.



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