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14 Feb 2020
Deportivo will try to increase its run of good results facing a team that’s currently in promotion places. Fernando Vázquez recovers Sabin Merino and Salva Ruiz.

Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez
VAR Official: Óliver de La Fuente Ramos
Kick-off: 21h00 CET (Riazor)

Deportivo and Girona FC are living good moments and both have a lot to do with their defensive performance. The Catalans suffered an unexpected defeat a month ago at CD Tenerife (1-0), but since then they have added 7 of the next 9 points and are currently dragging a mark of 204 minutes without conceding goals. Meanwhile, Depor have chained 7 straight wins, and only allowed 2 goals in the 6 games under the command of Fernando Vázquez.

The run of 7 straight wins for Deportivo after spending 19 games without winning in the league is a drastic change newer sawn before in the league. In the case of Girona CF, they are precisely missing a long run of good results. So far, they have been unable to chain tree straight victories, and for this reason they have been going in and out of the promotion zone.

And among the problems of the Catalans is their weak performance playing on the road. They have only won three away games and their 11 points in 13 visits represents the fourth worst mark at Segunda, only above Racing Santander (10), Sporting Gijón (10) and CD Lugo (9).

Coach Fernando Vázquez has finally found the stability that he wanted. The problems with injuries and the winter market have been forcing him to make changes from one game to the other, but now the problems are over and he is finally able to repeat a lineup if he wants to do it.

Now the question is if he will keep playing with a system with five defenders and if he will make changes for tactical reasons. It’s expected that he will repeat the 5-4-1, and the main doubt if he will recall Salva Ruiz and Sabin Merino in order to claim the spots of Víctor Mollejo and Mamadou Koné.

Team news: Christian Santos, Sabin Merino and Salva Ruiz received the okay to play, but only the last two were picked for the game. Uche Agbo is out as he needs to gain fitness, so the only player at the injury room is Claudio Beauvue. Luis Ruiz, Borja Valle, and David Simon are out for tactical reasons.

Man to watch: Striker Sabin Merino. The re-born attacker will be a starter and will try to extend his run of appearances with goals facing a team that has been solid in recent matches.

Picked players: (18) Dani Giménez, Aleksandar Jovanović (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, Michelle Somma, Javi Montero, Mujaid Sadick, Salva Ruiz (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Gaku Shibasaki, Peru Nolaskoain, Ager Aketxe, Emre Çolak, Víctor Mollejo, Keko Gontán (midfielders) Mamadou Koné, Hugo Vallejo & Sabin Merino (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Somma, Mujaid, Montero, Mollejo – Aketxe, Nolaskoain, Gaku Shibasaki, Çolak – Sabin Merino.
The huge financial difference with this season’s salary cap hasn’t been reflected at the standings. Girona FC started the season with a salary cap of €29.28 million, the highest in the league and it meant ten more million than second place UD Almeria. But the team has had an unstable performance in the league, combining good results with mediocre scores, and in the end they have been unable to chain three straight wins.

They are currently fifth, but the big pressure due to the high expectations has provoked to have three coaches already, the last one is José Luis Martí, who has been unable to change this uncertain behavior. But the Majorcan coach arrives to the meeting at the Riazor with the sense that something is changing. They have a big test that could break the barrier of achieving a third straight win, and also with the sense that they are now strong in defence after spending 204 minutes without conceding a goal.

Team news: Striker Jonathan Soriano is out for injury reasons. Centre-back Ignasi Miquel is also out after not recovering from a muscle problem. Left-back Johan Mojica is back after a suspension, while midfielder Gerard Gumbau wasn’t picked after been a starter in the previous games.

Man to watch: Striker Cristhian Stuani. The Uruguayan is probably the highest paid player at Segunda, and he is also the top-scorer with 20 goals scored in 23 appearances. He scored once in the first-round game at Montilivi (3-1).

Picked players: (18) Juan Carlos Martín, Asier Riesgo (goalkeepers); Johan Mojica, Jonás Ramalho, Pedro Alcalá, Brian Oliván, ‘Juanpe’ Ramírez, Christian Rivera, Pablo Maffeo  (defenders); Àlex Granell, Jairo Izquierdo, Borja García, Aday Benítez, Samu Saiz, Jozabed Sánchez (midfielders); Christian Stuani, Álex Gallar &Brandon Thomas (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Asier Riesgo – Maffeo, Juanpe, Alcalá, Johan Mojica – Aday, Granell, Christian Rivera, Borja García  – Brandon Thomas, Stuani.



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