Squad news


16 Jan 2020
The last two places at the standings collide at the Riazor in a decisive game for the permanence. Things have radically changed at Depor since the last home game, and Fernando Vázquez hasn’t decided what system will be used.

Referee: Rubén Ávalos Barrera
VAR Official: Luis Mario Milla Alvendiz
Kick-off: 19h00 CET (Riazor)

Racing Santander is the only club at Segunda that haven’t won yet playing away from home. But they have managed to grab several draws, because the Cantabrians have added seven draws in eleven visits. Actually, they are the Segunda outfit with more draws in the tournament (13). It isn’t enough to leave the drop zone, and if they lose this game, then they will be the bottom club.

The last place is currently for Deportivo, the Galicians have spent a while at the bottom, but after two straight victories, they now see things in a more positive way as a victory will leave them closer to safety. The last time they chained three straight wins in a league competition was in the playoffs of last season.

Racing Santander have won in six of their last fifteen visits to the Riazor, though within the last three games played there they were only able to get a point. The last home meeting against the Cantabrians was a 2-0 win for Depor at the end of the Primera season 2010/11.

Things have drastically changed at Deportivo, the last game at the Riazor was the last game in 2019, and it was played only before 8,457 persons, the lowest attendance in decades. Off course the number was highly influenced by a heavy storm that almost postponed the meeting, but the negativism was more that evident at that point.

Now the club has announced that all the tickets are sold and at least 20,000 persons are expected for both, this game and the one against Cádiz CF. In the middle of this a lot has happened, the team clinched two straight wins in liga and there were three different presidents between both games, and also the arrival of coach Fernando Vázquez, who will live his first home game in almost five years.

The new coach is still thinking in what system will be used for the game. On Tuesday he was testing the same draw with five defenders with some variants, and one day later he tested a 4-4-2 scheme. What seems clear is that new signing Sabin Merino will play as he was a starter in both tests.

Team news: Multiple novelties for the game. New signings Emre Çolak and Sabin Merino were picked for the game. Vicente Gómez is also back from a suspension. But at the same time, the coach is losing Beto da Silva, Christian Santos and Saša Jovanović, trio that’s joining David Simón at the injury room, plus winger Víctor Mollejo, who is suspended after picking the fifth yellow card of the season in the past game with CD Numancia.

Man to watch: Striker Sabin Merino. One of the two winter singings that will debut in this game. He will be a starter despite only completing two training sessions and despite his only game within the last three months was a Copa appearance against FC Andorra (62 minutes, December 17).

Picked players: (20) Dani Giménez, Koke Vegas (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, Michelle Somma, Javi Montero, Vassilios Lampropoulos, Mujaid Sadick, Luiz Ruiz, Salva Ruiz (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Peru Nolaskoain, Vicente Gómez, Borja Galán, Gaku Shibasaki, Ager Aketxe, Emre Çolak (midfielders); Samuele Longo, Borja Valle, Mamadou Koné & Sabin Merino (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Somma, Mujaid, Montero, Salva Ruiz – Aketxe, Nolaskoain, Vicente Gómez, Koné – Sabin Merino.
Racing Santander is struggling to survive in the league, and only the nefarious run of Deportivo has kept them out of the last place at the standings. Cristóbal Parralo replaced Iván Ania at the bench, but he has only added one win in seven games. Now the media is already pointing to him and it shouldn’t be strange if he is fired in case of a defeat.

Curiously, the ex-Depor is visiting the Riazor for the second time in less than a year after the 2-2 draw of AD Alcorcón in March of 2019. The club has been active in the transfer window and already completed two signings: centre-back Manu Hernando and centre midfielder Giorgi Papunashvili.

Team news: New signings Manu Hernando and Giorgi Papunashvili made the trip to A Coruña, but it isn’t expected that they will play the game. Meanwhile, winger Karim Yoda is recovered from an arm knock and should start.

Man to watch: Winger Karim Yoda. He is the current top-scorer at the team (8) and gave a lot of problems to Depor in the game of the first round (he scored the goal for the Cantabrians). Now he visits the Riazor, stadium where he already scored with Getafe (1-2 win, October 31, 2014).

Picked players: (25) Iván Crespo, Luca Zidane (goalkeepers); Aitor Buñuel, Moi Delgado, Iñaki Olaortua, Óscar Gil, David Carmona, Jordi Figueras, Abraham Minero, Alexis Ruano, Manu Hernando (defenders); Sergio Ruiz, Nico Hidalgo, Aristote Nkaka, Álvaro Cejudo, Berto Cayarga, Giorgi Papunashvili, Daniel Toribio, Enzo Lombardo, Karim Yoda, Mario Ortiz, Ritchie Kitoko (midfielders); Jon Ander Pérez, David Rodríguez & David Barral (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Luca Zidane - Aitor Buñuel, Alexis, Jordi Figueras, Abraham Minero - Yoda, Sergio Ruiz, Mario Ortiz, Enzo Lombardo – Cejudo, David Rodríguez.



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