Squad news


23 Jun 2020
Depor searches for a victory that will keep the team out of demotion as it visits a rival with a renewed future and that’s fighting for the promotion.

Referee: Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo
VAR Official: Daniel Ocón Arráiz
Kick-off: 19h30 CET (Martínez Valero)

After allowing five goals within the last two games, Deportivo have returned to be the worst defence at Segunda División with 51 goals allowed. At least the Galicians are reaching the matchday living outside of the drop zone.

Elche CF are currently in the playoff zone thanks to their current good streak, the Valencians have added 10 points in the last 6 games, it’s the second-best mark in the league only behind Sporting Gijón (13). Meanwhile, Deportivo have spent seven games without winning, it’s the second worst winless streak in the league only above CD Numancia (10).

Deportivo have been unable to defeat Elche CF in their last six liga visits to the Martínez Valero stadium. The last victory there in a league competition took place in the opening matchday of the Segunda season 1986/97 (0-2).

Coach Fernando Vázquez has already used the 22 outfield players that are available at the first team after the first three games of this stage in the league. He’s implementing a policy of rotations in which the changes aren’t so big, but focused in punctual positions with players that don’t perform in order to give them some rest. For this game the man that’s rested is Salva Ruiz, the left-back didn’t even train om Monday as he is dragging a hamstring issue.

It's hard to predict a lineup for the game, after all the coach only had one training to prepare the meeting and the session only lasted 50 minutes without making any big test. The expectation is that he will use a line of four defenders while Claudio Beauvue, Gaku Shibasaki and Sabin Merino are returning after been rested.

Team news: Peru Nolaskoain suffered an ankle injury in the game against Rayo Vallecano and joins Michelle Somma and Jorge Valín at the injury room. Aleksandar Jovanović is recovered from an elbow injury and was picked for the game. Salva Ruiz is rested, while Abdoulaye Ba is back after missing the last game due to contract reasons.

Man to watch: Centre-back Mujaid Sadick. Deportivo need to stop the bleeding and face a tough task visiting a candidate to promotion, and the key for a vital clean sheet is the solidity of the centre-backs. It’s the opportunity for Mujaid to demonstrate his big progression on this season.

Picked players: (24) Dani Giménez, Aleksandar Jovanović, Alberto (goalkeepers); Eneko Bóveda, David Simón, Mujaid Sadick, Javi Montero, Abdoulaye Ba, Luis Ruiz (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Uche Agbo, Gaku Shibasaki, Ager Aketxe, Iago Gandoy, Víctor Mollejo, Emre Çolak, Hugo Vallejo, Keko Gontán (midfielders); Mamadou Koné, Borja Valle, Christian Santos, Claudio Beauvue & Sabin Merino (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Mujaid, Montero, Mollejo – Keko Gontán, Uche Agbo, Gaku, Çolak – Beauvue, Sabin Merino.
The major part of football clubs are living the uncertainty of the post-COVID crisis, but that’s not the case of Elche CF. The Valencian club saw how an unknown agent, Christian Bragarnik, bought the club at the end of 2020. He acquired the 58% of the club’s shares, and on this week completed an increase of capital for €2.4 million and now owes the 93% of the shares. And to make things more promising, the team coached by Pacheta is fifth at the standings, directly involved in the fight for promotion.

Team news: Winger Iván Sánchez is back from suspension and is expected to start, while striker Jonathas returns into the roster. Centre midfielder Omenuke Mfulu and striker Víctor Rodriguez weren’t picked after picking muscle injuries.

Man to watch: Striker Nino. The 39-year-old attacker is the second-best scorer at the team with seven goals added to his tally. He remains to be competitive and is expected to t be the main threat for the game.

Picked players: (23) San Román, Edgar Badia (goalkeepers); Sergio Blázquez ‘Tekio’, Andoni López, Gonzalo Verdú, Dani Calvo, Juan Cruz, Josema Sánchez, Óscar Gil, Nacho Pastor (defenders); Ramón Folch, Manuel Sánchez, Iván Sánchez, Fidel Chaves, Josan Ferrández, Jony Álamo, Diego Bri (midfielders); Nino, Pere Milla, Claudio Medina, Daniel Escriche, Jonathas & Mourad Daoudi (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-1-4-1) Edgar Badía – Óscar Gil, Gonzalo Verdú, Dani Calvo, Juan Cruz – Iván Sánchez - Josan, Pere Milla, Daniel Escriche, Fidel - Nino.



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