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05 May 2006
Tomorrow Deportivo will receive the visit of Athletic Bilbao at the Riazor (21h00). It's the last game at home for the Galicians, both squads need the three point for different reasons, the Basques in order to confirm their continuity in Primera, and Depor to secure the Intertoto spot or even to continue dreaming with a direct qualification to the UEFA cup.

Coach Caparr??s will recover Coloccini and Duscher, both players were suspended for the last match with Espanyol, but the Sevillan coach will lose V?ctor for the same reason, the Madrilian winger accumulated five yellow cards with the one he saw in Barcelona. It's expected that Francisco Gallardo will replace him in the starting lineup.

The other changes could occur in the defensive line, the return of Coloccini and Juanma's probable recuperation will stop Caparr??s' problems in the centre of the zone. In the last match with Espanyol, the Sevillan coach was even forced to align two side defenders in this position since his four central defenders were injured or suspended.

Yesterday the squad travelled to Hesperia Guitiriz (an hotel located 25 minutes from La Coru?a) in order to visit its thermal pools, it's the last relaxation session planned by Caparr??s for the present season, today the team will train in Abegondo in order to prepare tomorrow's game.

Joan Capdevila talked about the significant of this game for Deportivo: "The game against Athletic isn't important, it’s extremely important. A victory could give us options to reach a direct spot in the next UEFA cup, this mean without passing trough the Intertoto."

The present campaign has been one of the worst seasons of Deportivo at the Riazor, during the last seven seasons and without including the last one, Depor has always achieved at least 39 points at home, now with only six victories and 23 points achieved, the squad will try at least to surpass last campaign's record (25 points), an achievement that will only be possible if Caparr??s' team obtains a win over Athletic.

In Bilbao the main novelty is the return of Casas after his suspension. The Basques are living one of their worst seasons since the ghost of relegation still surrounding the club. If Athletic achieves the win in Riazor and if Alav?s doesn't defeat Zaragoza, the salvation will be a  fact. But if the opposite occurs, the Basques will end the day in the relegation zone, and with the hard task of trying to save the category in the last match against Barcelona.

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