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21 Apr 2019
Depor return to the Riazor trying to break the spell and recover some positions in the quest for promotion. The rival arrives with Manu Mosquera and improving, though lying in relegation.

Referee: José Antonio López Toca
Kick-off: 16h00 CET (Riazor)

The standings say that Deportivo must be the side in the better shape, but the true is that the current forms tells a very different story. Extremadura UD are currently in relegation, but they are the fifth most in-form team in the league after adding 12 of the last 18 points in dispute, mark only improved by Sporting Gijón (16), CA Osasuna, RCD Mallorca and Elche CF (all of the with 13).

Meanwhile, Deportivo have only added 5 points in its last 6 games at Segunda, it’s the work mark in the league tied with UD Las Palmas. The Galicians have remained winless in their last six meetings at the Riazor, their last home success was the 2-0 over Albacete Balompié (January 20)

This is only the third time that a club from Extremadura visits the Riazor, this club was founded in 2007, and the previous version was CF Extremadura, side that visited twice the Riazor during the 1990’s, in the first game they lost 1-0 (1996/97) and later got a 1-1 draw (1998/99).

Deportivo have spent three months without winning at the Riazor, an unthinkable situation at the start of the season that’ already costing the promotion. With seven games remaining the only way to correct the course is to regain the feelings at home and, especially, the confidence in themselves, and in the way to recover the respect of a public that each day is lowering the attendance to the stadium.

The team is trying to keep a sense of normality, that’s why the captains were the ones that attended the media during the week and after the defeat with CA Osasuna. Pedro Mosquera was trying to remain calm, “We know that we are still dependent on ourselves. If we make a good end of season, everything will be open. We have the ambition to be up and people are super motivated.”

Team news: Coach José Luis Martí was able to recover Fede Cartabia after the Argentine playmaker surpassed a thigh problem, it’s even expected that he could be a starter, but Carlos Fernández remains out with a muscle injury. The other players at the injury room are Krohn-Dehli and David Simón. The players out for tactical reasons are Vicente Gómez, Sebastian Dubarbier, Saúl García and Iñigo López.

Man to watch: Striker Quique González. He has scored the last four goals of Deportivo and is now the top-scorer at Segunda División. Deportivo need to see him plugged in if they want to break the deadlock at the Riazor.

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

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera - Cartabia, Edu Expósito, Borja Valle – Quique González.
At the end of February, Extremadura UD seemed dead. The team was in relegation and have just lost top-scorer Enrich Gallego, who was transferred to SD Huesca at Primera during the winter window. But then the club’s officials decided to make a new desperate measure and the coach was replaced for a fourth time in the campaign.

Manu Mosquera arrived and the team was infected with his optimism, the team added 13 points in 7 matchdays and now the fans believe that the salvation is possible, especially after he victory at La Rosaleda. 7 matchdays are remaining and it seems clear that Extremadura UD, Real Zaragoza and CD Lugo will fight until the end in order to avoid the last spot that will cause the relegation.

Team news: Manu Mosquera doesn’t have casualties for the game. Right winger Alberto Perea passed a late test after surpassing a thigh injury and was included in the roster for the game., but striker Chuli was left out despite surpassing complications from a previous Achilles injury.

Man to watch: Striker Alfredo Ortuño. Extremadura have struggled to find the replacement for Gallego, two strikers were signed during the winter window, and the one that has been playing is Ortuño (the other signing was Renella). He arrived from Albacete after scoring one goals in 15 presentations at the start of the season, now he is trying to gain pace after scoring a goal in 9 matches. His only goal came playing on the road in a difficult stadium (1-1 at UD Las Palmas).

Picked players: Casto Espinosa, Álvaro Fernández (goalkeepers); Carlos Pomares, Álex Díez, José Antonio Pardo, Fran Cruz, Ángel Bastos (defenders); Fausto Tienza, Kike Márquez, Giovanni Zarfino, Roberto Olabe, Alberto Perea, Lolo González, Fernando García ‘Nando’, Borja Granero (midfielders); Luis Alfonso ‘Willy’, Alfredo Ortuño, José Antonio Reyes (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Casto – Díez, Borja Granero, Pardo, Bastos – Olabe, Zarfino, Tienza, Nando – Willy, Ortuño.




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