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12 Jun 2019
The moment of truth for Deportivo and Málaga, two clubs that suffered the relegation on last season and that want a fast to return to the elite. Depor are trying to recover the spirit of the Riazor, while the Andalusians had a drastic change of style.

Referee: César Soto Grado
Kick-off: 21h00 CET (Riazor)

Throughout the campaign, Deportivo was considered as an offensive team, while it was the opposite with Málaga CF. But within the last months the picture has turned to be the opposite as both sides changed the coach. Deportivo are now more solid in defence as it has only allowed 7 goals in the 9 games under the command of Martí, the Galicians ended as the third best defence in the league (32) and have clinched three straight clean sheets, their best mark on this campaign (300 minutes without allowing a goal).

Meanwhile, Málaga CF have scored 16 goals in the 7 games under Víctor Sánchez. They won 5 of those meetings and in four of them they scored at least 3 goals. The only time they ended scoreless in the period was in the 0-1 loss at home with RCD Mallorca (April 27).

This is the fourth time in which Deportivo dispute a playoff round in order to be promoted to Primera División, and only once the Galicians clinched the goal. It was on the Segunda season 1940/41. Depor ended 3rd in the round and had to face Primera side Real Murcia and defeated them in Madrid (2-1). The last time Depor played a promotion playoff was on the campaign 1989/90, the Galicians ended fourth and had to face a Primera side for a spot at the elite. The rival was CD Tenerife and Los Blanquiazules lost the tie with a 0-1 aggregate score.

It has been a disappointing 2019 for Deportivo, especially playing at the Riazor. The Galicians have only won 3 of the 12 home games played in the year and the hope is that it can continue the path of the last two meetings, not only because both meant victories,  but also because it did it clinching clean sheets, vital in a two-leg series, and with the best attendance of the campaign on the last game.

Despite the game is played on a Wednesday, a good attendance is expected and coach José Luis Martí will try to contain a team that has offensively exploded in the last games. A modification at the starting eleven is expected as Quique González s available after been rested against Córdoba CF.

Team news: Marti picked the 25 players at the first team, but midfielder Vítor Silva is out of the meeting after suffering a muscle injury on Friday. The other player at the injury room is Krohn-Dehli.

Man to watch: Playmaker Pedro Sánchez. The Valencian has been the best player of Depor within the last two games and now it’s expected that he could lead his team against the second best defence in the league (only 31 goals allowed).

Picked players: (25) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá (goalkeepers); David Simón, Eneko Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Michelle Somma, Pablo Mari, Iñigo López, Diego Caballo, Saúl García, Sebastian Dubarbier (defenders); Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños, Didier Moreno, Pedro Mosquera, Vicente Gómez, Krohn-Dehli, Vítor Silva, Pedro Sánchez, Fede Cartabia (midfielders); Nahuel Leiva, Quique González, Carlos Fernández, Christian Santos & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Saúl – Cartabia, Álex Bergantiños, Edu Expósito, Pedro Sánchez – Carlos Fernández, Quique González.
Former coach López Muñiz was criticized because his Málaga was “too defensive” considering the high budget of the club, and the arrival of Víctor Sánchez Del Amo meant a radical change in the style of the team. In just seven games his men have developed a very offensive approach, to the point of scoring 16 goals since the arrival of the new boss, which in the end were the 31% of the total on the season (51).

Deportivo are now meeting a very different side to the one of the regular season, now Málaga CF are characterized for been an offensive scheme focusing the game in the speed of its wingers, the football proposal has been so convincing that the media consider that the Andalusians are the favourites to clinch the promotion during the playoff.

Team news: Side defenders Miguel Ángel Cifuentes (knee) and Juankar (adductor muscle) are out of the game due to injury reasons. Centre-back David Lombán is also out after suffering a knock in the last matchday of the regular campaign. But the most sensitive casualty for the game is midfielder Alfred N'Diaye, who joined Senegal ahead of the African Cup. At least the club convinced Morocco of delaying the incorporation of keeper Munir Mohamedi, who will be a starter at the Riazor.

Man to watch: Winger Javier Ontiveiros. The Marbella-born attacker has been the main winner with the arrival of Víctor Sánchez. With the ex-Depor coach on board, Ontiveiros has been a fixed starter and has scored his four goals on the season. He is considered as the most in-form player at the team and the main threat for Depor.

Picked players: (20) Munir Mohamedi, Paweł Kieszek, Axel Werner (goalkeepers); Diego González, Luis Hernández, Pau Torres, Miguel Torres, Federico Ricca, Iván Rodríguez (defenders); Adrián González, Erik Morán, Alex Mula, Keide Bare, Javier Ontiveros, Badr Boulahroud, Hicham Boussefiane (midfielders); Blanco Leschuk, Renato Santos, Mamadou Koné & Dani Pacheco (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-1-4-1) Munir – Iván Rodriguez, Diego González, Pau Torres, Ricca – Keide Bare – Renato, Adrián González, Boulahroud, Ontiveiros – Blanco Leschuk.



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