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13 Apr 2019
Martí debuts with Depor having the casualties of Cartabia and Carlos Fernández, the worst scenario as it faces an Osasuna full of confidence and that haven’t lost at home yet.

Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez
Kick-off: 18h00 CET (Reyno de Navara)

CA Osasuna have demonstrated why they are the leaders through several impressive marks. First to all, they represent the best team in 2019 adding 35 points in 15 matches disputed, they achieved 11 victories and only lost twice (4-1 at UD Las Palmas and 3-2 at CD Tenerife).

Secondly, their impressive home record. Los Rojillos are one of the two teams that haven’t lost at home during this season (the other team is Albacete Balompié). They haven’t lost in their last 21 home meetings and their last defeat at Reyno de Navarra was a 0-1 against CD Tenerife on last campaign (April 1, 2018). They also present a spectacular streak of 13 straight victories at home.  The last team that got something positive from Pamplona was CD Tenerife (0-0, September 30).

Meanwhile, Deportivo is a team in depression, the Galicians have only added 22 points in 2019, which represents the 8th worst mark in the league. At least the Galicians remain to be a strong team on the road, they have added 23 points in 16 visits, mark only below Albacete Balompié (28), Málaga CF (27), Granada CF (26) and Sporting Gijón (24).

This is the 28th visit of Deportivo to CA Osasuna playing for a league competition, Los Blanquiazules only won 8 times there, and the last success at Reyno de Navarra was a 0-1 for the Primera season 2007/08 with a goal scored by Sergio.

Things aren’t looking good for Deportivo, the bad results in 2019 provoked the early exit of Natxo González, and new boss José Luis Martí just landed to see how the players start to fall injured. Fede Cartabia didn’t pass a late test on Saturday and is out with a thigh problem, while Carlos Fernández suffered a new muscle problem that the club didn’t even bother in making scans.

Now the Galicians travel to Pamplona with important casualties and with the probable scenario that they can be pulled out of the promotion zone in case of a defeat. Not a good scenario for the debut of Martí, who has the tough job to mentally and physically recover a team when only nine matchdays are remaining.

Team news: Krohn-Dehli and David Simón are joining Carlos Fernández and Cartabia at the injury room. Álex Bergantiños returns from suspension and Pedro Mosquera has been picked after skipping the last games. Sebastian Dubarbier was also picked. The players out for tactical reasons are Saúl García, Vitor Silva and Iñigo López.

Man to watch: Striker Quique González. Since March Deportivo have only scored three goals and the three of them were netted by the Valladolid-born attacker. The casualty of Carlos Fernández is leaving him with the offensive weight of a team desperate to get positive results.

Picked players: (18) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Michele Somma, Diego Caballo, Sebastian Dubarbier (defenders); Didier Moreno, Vicente Gómez, Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños, Pedro Mosquera, Pedro Sánchez (midfielders); Nahuel Leiva, Quique González, Christian Santos & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Nahuel, Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Edu Expósito – Christian Santos, Quique González.
The media in Pamplona is remembering on this week how CA Osasuna lost in the first round at the Riazor (November 24). That day the Navarrans played a poor game and deserved to lose. Depor played a solid game and seemed like a clear candidate to direct promotion, but since then both teams started an opposed path that put them in a very different situation now.

CA Osasuna only lost two times in the following 18 matchdays, while Depor only won 5 times after that victory and also suffered 4 of its 5 losses in liga. The result is to see Los Rojillos leading Segunda División having ten more points than Los Blanquiazules.  The game is also seen as an important step towards direct promotion, because any way to increase the difference with the chasers will approach a celebration that now seems inevitable.

Team news: Midfielder Fran Mérida didn’t surpass a back knock and is out of the game. Iñigo Pérez isn’t recovered from a toe injury, while centre-back David Garcia is suspended. Xisco is back after been sick during the week, but the ex-Depor will start on the bench.

Man to watch: Midfielder Roberto Torres. One of the surprises on the campaign, in his eighth season at the club he is about to reach his best scoring mark (12 goals in 2015/16). This centre midfielder can also perform on the sides and is the second-best scorer at the team with 10 goals, half of those goals scored in 2019. He is also a specialist in set-pieces and already scored twice in direct free-kicks.

Picked players: (20) Sergio Herrera, Rubén Martínez, Juan Pérez (goalkeepers); Nacho Vidal, Oier Sanjurjo, Unai Garcia, Lillo Castellano, Carlos Clerc, Aridane Hernández, Endika Irigoyen (defenders); Roberto Torres, Ruben García, Kike Barja, Rober Ibáñez, Luis Perea, Javi Martínez (midfielders); Brandon Thomas, Juan Villar, Xisco & Miguel Olavide (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Rubén Martínez - Nacho Vidal, Aridane Hernández, Unai García, Clerc –Oier, Roberto Torres - Rober Ibañez, Rubén García, Kike Barja – Juan Villar.



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