Squad news


17 Jan 2021
Two coaches debut as Depor try to reconnect with the victories, while Salamanca try to return into the path of the permanence. De La Barrera had to pick six Fabril’s players due to the casualties.

Referee: Francisco García Riesgo
Kick-off: 16h00 CET (El Helmántico)

Salamanca UDS is not only the worst team in subgroup 1, but also the worst team in the whole Segunda B. And it’s that, among the 102 clubs in the league, it’s the only one with only three points added so far. Los Charros added a victory and later suffered a defeat in seven of their eight games.

They also have the worst numbers in other departments. They have only scored four goals and have remained scoreless in their last four games. They are also the worst defence after allowing fourteen goals, six of those goals were conceded within the last three meetings.

Neither is a good moment for Deportivo. The Galicians have suffered straight defeats and are close to be out of the promotion zone. They have only allowed five goals on the season, but three of those goals came within the last two meetings.

Middle point in the season and Deportivo is not only turning the page with the exit of Fernando Vázquez, but also switching the book as new boss Rubén de La Barrera is a complete different coach in terms of style. The young coach is more offensive oriented and focused in the pass, though no big changes in the playing style are expected in this game as De La Barrera only had a couple of sessions with the team. Still, he will switch the system into a 4-3-3.

What hasn’t changed is the physical problems that Vázquez had to face in his last days at the club, for the game De La Barrera is having seven casualties, reason why he had to pick six players from Fabril in order to fill up the gaps.

Team news: Erik Osede and Borja Galán are recovered from their injuries, while José Lara has served his two-match suspension. Six players are at the injury room: Keko, Bóveda, Claudio Beauvue, Héctor, Miku and Rolan, while Uche Agbo is out due to COVID-19. The six players from Fabril picked for the game are Adri Castro, Álex Boedo, Juan Rodríguez, Javi Sanmartín, Guille Bueno and Iván Guerrero

Man to watch: Midfielder Yago Gandoy. The Galician midfielder didn’t have a relevant role with Fernando Vázquez, now De La Barrera is a coach that focus more in the pass, which is the specialty of the ex-Fabril. A Depor having more pass will succeed with men like Gandoy controlling the traffic of the ball.

Picked players: (20) Carlos Abad, Lucho García (goalkeepers); Jorge Valín, Iván Guerrero, Álex Boedo, Guille Bueno, Mujaid Sadick, Borja Granero, Derik Osede, Juan Rodríguez, Salva Ruiz (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Celso Borges, Nacho González, Iago Gandoy, Borja Galán, José Lara, Javi Sanmartín (midfielders); Rui Costa & Adri Castro (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Carlos Abad – Valín, Mujaid, Borja Granero, Salva Ruiz – Borges, Álex Bergantiños, Gandoy – Lara, Rui Costa, Borja Galán.
Salamanca UDS started the season talking of ending among the first three places and dreaming with the promotion to Segunda A. But the reality has been painful after reaching the midpoint in the campaign, their biggest rival, Unionistas, is the one at the top and they are the bottom club. They now need to change the course in the coming nine games, because they will automatically suffer a demotion of one level if they don’t at least add the half of the points that remain in dispute.

So, there’s a sense of alarm at the club, but also multiple problems. There’s a confrontation between the club’s officials and part of the press due to a series of reports related to the way the club is handled. There also face financial problems as new coach Lolo Escobar won’t be on the bench as the club hasn’t paid yet the compensation of previous coach Sergio Egea.

There’s even an accusation of lack of organization for the way the club handled the treatment of the grass at El Helmántico stadium. Last weekend the snow covered the pitch, but the club removed it until Friday. It means the pitch will be in terrible conditions and also affected the preparation of the game as the team was unable to train there during the week.

Team news: The only casualty for the game is centre-back Kristian Álvarez, who is suspended with five yellow cards. It’s hard to predict a lineup for the game, starting with the point that this the debut for coach Lolo Escobar, who said on Friday that he will decide the starting eleven and even the scheme until ending the last raining session before the game. But it’s expected that new signings Iván Casado, Sergio Ayala and Javi Navas would be part of the game.

Man to watch: Right winger Javi Navas. Before Christmas the captain of Unionistas made a surprising jump to big city rivals Salamanca UDS. He was told that he wasn’t going to have too many minutes in the second round and that’s why he decided the unexpected move. His crosses searching for Diego Chávez and Uxio Dapena should be key in order to score the needed goals for a team that has remained scoreless in the last four meetings.

Picked players: (19) Dani Barbero (goalkeeper); Nacho López, Alfonso Candelas, Francisco Delorenzi, Anderson Arroyo, Iván Casado, Sergio Ayala (defenders); Sergio Molina, Fernando Llorente, Antonio Amaro, Jorge Mora, Ernest Ohemeng, Luis Télles, Javi Navas (midfielders); Cristian Duma, Owen Falconis, Uxío da Pena, Diego ‘Puma’ Chávez &  Clay Silvas (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Dani Barbero – Nacho López, Sergio Ayala, Iván Casado, Candelas – Javi Navas, Sergio Molina, Fernando Llorente, Télles – Diego Chávez, Uxío Dapena.



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