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31 Mar 2019
Natxo González recovers Carlos Fernández and Pablo Mari and recalls the diamond figure of the start of season. Oviedo want to make the final push and play the playoff for the first time after caressing the chance in the last 3 seasons.

Referee: César Soto Grado
Kick-off: 18h00 CET (Carlos Tartiere)

Real Oviedo is the second team with more points in 2019; the Asturians have added 26 points in the 13 matches disputed this year, mark only below CA Osasuna (31). Meanwhile, Deportivo are only 13th in this list after adding 18 points.

Depor are also decreasing the offensive performance of the first round after only scoring 4 goals in its last 6 games. The Galicians were the best scorer in the league at the end of 2018, but now they are third with 40 goals in favour, mark below CA Osasuna (43) and RCD Mallorca (41).

At least the defensive performance remains solid, Depor have only conceded 6 goals in 2019 and have clinched 13 clean sheets during the entire season, it’s the third best mark in the league behind Málaga CF and Granada CF (both with 15). A number to have in mind for this game is that Depor have only been trailing in the away games during 195 minutes, mark only below Granada CF (105).

This is the 42nd visit of Deportivo to Real Oviedo playing for a league competition, the Galicians won 11 of those meetings, and they haven’t lost at the Carlos Tartiere stadium in their last 6 games played there (5 victories and 1 draw). The last game there was quite an odyssey, with Depor winning 2-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Diego Tristán and with Donato as the keeper for the final 5 minutes after Molina was sent off with two yellow cards (May 20, 2001).

Coach Natxo González is making new changes as he continues to search for the regularity of 2018, and for that he is ready to return to the diamond figure of the first matches. Throughout the week he has tested a 4-3-1-2 figure with some novelties, including the return of Carlos Fernández.

The players believe that the return to the “old” scheme suits them, as Dani Giménez stated during the week, "When you have things clear in a tactical sense you remove doubts to the player. So, if you don’t impose yourself in the duels, then you have three or four clear things, and the diamond figure is something we manage well. In the last matches we haven’t used it, but we have a positional base that hasn’t changed.”

Team news: Pablo Mari was included in the roster after completing the last session, but it’s not certain if he will start after been dragging a thigh injury throughout the week. Carlos Fernández was also included in the roster for the game and the striker is set to start. The coach picked 21 players and only had the casualties of Michael Krohn-Dehli, who remain at the injury room, and Edu Expósito, who is suspended. Sebastian Dubarbier and Iñigo López are the players out for tactical reasons.

Man to watch: Striker Carlos Fernández. 2019 has been a nightmare for the Andalusian attacker, the muscle injuries only allowed him to make 3 appearances since January. Now he is recovered and Natxo González wants to recover the old version of Depor with him on the pitch.

Picked players: (21) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Michele Somma, Diego Caballo, Saúl García (defenders); Pedro Mosquera, Álex Bergantiños, Didier Moreno, Vicente Gómez, Vitor Silva, Pedro Sánchez, Fede Cartabia (midfielders); Nahuel Leiva, Quique González, Carlos Fernández, Christian Santos & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Soma, Caballo – Didier Moreno, Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez –Pedro Sánchez – Carlos Fernández, Quique González.
Real Oviedo have grown with the pass of the years, after the traumatic events of the first years of the decade that put the club at the bottom of everything, they are now at Segunda División, but at the same time are stuck as they have missed a last push in the final matchdays in order to end in the playoff zone. They ended 9th during the campaign 2015/16, and since then have advance one position (8th in the 2016/17 tournament and 7th in the 2017/18 campaign)

Now coach Juan Antonio Anquela wants to see his side making a new small step that can put them in the fight. But for it they must face teams already in promotion, and it’s that in 4 of their last 10 games the Asturians have to play against teams at the top six positions (Deportivo, Granada CF. Málaga CF and CA Osasuna).
Team news: Attacker Sergio Tejera didn’t pass a late test an is a sensitive casualty as he was one of the most in-form players at the team. Left winger Omar Ramos is out with a muscle problem, while centre midfielder Javi Muñoz and centre-back Carlos Hernández are suspended.

Man to watch: Winger Saúl Berjón. He has only played 19 games this season due to a hamstring injury, but is a fixed starter since February and is one of the main hopes for a team targeting the promotion zone. He has scored 3 goals and provided 3 assists on the season. His duel with David Simón will be vital if the Asturians want to win the game.

Picked players: (18) Alfonso Herrero, Nereo Champagne (goalkeepers); Diegui Johannesson, Juan Forlín, Oswaldo Alanís, Christian Bolaño, Carlos Martínez, Mossa Angresola,  Javi Hernández, Jorge Mier (defenders); Ramón Folch, Saúl Berjón, Yoel Bárcenas, Jimmy Suárez, Javi Muñoz (midfielders); Toché, Ibra Baldé & Joselu Moreno (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (5-2-3) Champagne - Mossa, Christian, Alanís, Javi Hernández, Carlos Martínez - Forlín, Folch - Berjón, Bárcenas, Joselu.



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