Squad news


01 Mar 2020
Depor will try to clear the ghost of relegation as it hosts CD Lugo. Fernando Vázquez will only make one change despite the defensive worries.

Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo
VAR Official: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez
Kick-off: 16h00 CET (Riazor)

Deportivo remain to be the best team in the second round at Segunda División despite the defeat at Real Zaragoza. Thanks to their long winning streak, the Galicians have added 19 points in the 8 games of the second round, it means one more point than Real Zaragoza. But the Galicians are starting to concede a lot of goals once again. They allowed five within the last two games, and now they returned to be the worst defensive line in the league (42, tied with Real Oviedo).

This version of the Galician derby has left a bittersweet taste in La Coruña, because Depor have felt frustrated as it was unable to beat CD Lugo in their last five league meetings. The last two at the Riazor were goalless draws in which Deportivo’s players complained of the wasted time by the visitors. The only victory in league facing CD Lugo occurred on the Tercera Season 1974/75 (2-1).

CD Lugo arrive to the meeting revitalized after winning their last two games, but their away record is poor. They have only added 12 points in 14 home meetings, a record only above SD Ponferradina (11) and Racing Santander (10). The Galician neighbors are the kings of the 1-0 scores as 5 of their 7 victories during the season came through that narrow advantage.

There are concerns among the fans and the media with the recent defensive performance of Deportivo, the team not only conceded five goals within the last two games, but also looked weak defending the set-pieces against Real Zaragoza. That’s a concern together with the usual problems had by Víctor Mollejo on the left. The 19-year-old winger already saw four yellow cards performing on that position and is at the edge of suspension.

But coach Fernando Vázquez doesn’t seem to be too worried about it, the team didn’t have any special training session to work on set-pieces and neither worked with an alternative scheme to the line of five defenders. So, it’s expected a repetition of the 5-4-1 with the novelty that Vicente  Gómez or Uche Agbo will have to cover Gaku Shibasaki, who is suspended after been sent off at La Romareda.

Team news: Gaku is suspended, while Salva Ruiz and Michele Somma are at the injury room. Striker Claudio Beauvue is finally back after been out injured for three weeks. Christian Santos is the only player out for tactical reasons.

Man to watch: Playmaker Emre Çolak. The Turkish player had an explosive debut after his arrival, but he has been quiet since then. Now Depor need him in order to break a tough defensive line known for wasting time. The patience of Çolak and his vision to drill passes could be the key to the game.

Picked players: (19) Dani Giménez, Aleksandar Jovanović (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, Javi Montero, Mujaid Sadick, Luis Ruiz (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Peru Nolaskoain, Uche Agbo, Ager Aketxe, Emre Çolak, Víctor Mollejo, Keko Gontán (midfielders); Mamadou Koné, Borja Valle, Claudio Beauvue, Hugo Vallejo & Sabin Merino (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Nolaskoain, Mujaid, Montero, Mollejo – Aketxe, Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Çolak – Sabin Merino.
This is the most complicate of the seven seasons that CD Lugo have spent at Segunda División. The most recent results have brought some hope, but the fact is that this is matchday 30 and the team remains in relegation and without a clear project ahead of the future. In past years the responsibility was on a base of experienced players in the league, but that isn’t working anymore

The current squad has several veterans that aren’t yielding, so new coach Curro Torres is using younger and more unexperienced players, to the point that in the last matchday CD Lugo presented the youngest team at Segunda with an average age of 25.09 years. Truly, the team defeated Real Oviedo in a crucial game for the permanence, but it still to be a risky project in the quest for salvation.

Team news: Manu Barreiro didn’t recover from his issues and the team travels to the Riazor with only one centre forward (Cristian Herrera). Striker Carlos Castro, plus midfielders Antonio Campillo and Borja Domínguez are out injured, while right-back Gerard Valentín is unavailable as Depor is his parent club.

Man to watch: Playmaker Moctar El Hacen. This Mauritanian player was the youngest man on the pitch for CD Lugo in the last game with Real Oviedo, and he’s the sensation after arriving loaned from Real Valladolid during the winter window. He has only made two appearances and scored the winning goals against both CF Fuenlabrada and Real Oviedo. Besides, he is playing attached to the side defended by Mollejo and will be tempted to face him at the Riazor.

Picked players: (20) Ander Cantero, Alberto Varo (goalkeepers); Serge Leuko, Unai Marino, Marcelo Djaló, Mathieu Peybernes, Vasyl Kravets, Edu Campabadal, Josete Malagón (defenders); Carlos Pita, Jaume Grau, Jose Angel Carrillo, Lassane Bangoura, Jaime Seoane, Álex López, Yanis Rahmani, Hugo Rama, Iriome González, Moctar El Hacen (midfielders); Cristian Herrera (attacker).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Ander Cantero - Campabadal, Peybernes, Djaló, Kravets - El Hacen, Jaume Grau, Jaime Seoane - Lass Bangoura, Carrillo, Rahmani.



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