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01 Sep 2012
Depor will try to extend the unbeaten run at the Riazor; Bruno Gama is recovered from a hamstring problem and therefore Oltra is repeating the lineup of the past two games. Getafe arrives without Miku and living a weird season.

Deportivo is about to fulfill one year without been defeated at home; the last setback at the Riazor took place on September 4 of 2011 hosting Hércules CF for matchday 02 at Liga Adelante 2011/12 (0-1). Since that day Oltra’s team has played 22 home meetings (19 in liga and 3 in Copa Del Rey) clinching 20 victories and 2 draws. It means 363 days without a home defeat.

It’s necessary to go back to 2000 in order to find a better mark at the club; between 2000 and 2001 Deportivo spent 480 days without been defeated at the Riazor. At the time the Galicians clinched a streak of 26 straight home games without suffering a loss (22 wins and 4 draws, all in liga). At the time Irureta’s Depor was eliminated by Osasuna in the third round of Copa Del Rey 1999/00 (0-1; Feb 2, 2000) and the next defeat came until matchday 36 of the season 2000/01 as Depor lost hosting Real Valladolid (1-2; May 2, 2001).

Also, Getafe has only won once at the Riazor after seven visits; it was for the season 2009/10 as the Madrilenians clinched a 3-1 victory (March 28, 2010). Miku scored a brace and the other was an own goal of Ze Castro. Depor, however, has been unable to defeat Getafe in the last four matches played in A Coruña, because apart from the mentioned defeat the other three matches ended in a distribution of points.

At the end of the pre-season it was commented that one of the weaknesses of the new Deportivo was the lack of connection between the eight new signings and the base of last season’s team, but this idea has radically changed after just two matches in La Liga. Just to mention a stat in attack: four of the five goals scored so far were netted by new signings, with Abel Aguilar been the top-scorer with two goals added to his tally.

And it´s that the major part of the statistics at the team are led by players that have just arrived to A Coruña: Pizzi and Oliveira are the players with more shots (5), Pizzi is also the player with more crosses into the area (44), while Marchena is the man with more ball recoveries (27). The ex-Valencia man is new leader of the defense, Abel Aguilar is commanding midfield, Pizzi is now an important resource in attack, while Nélson Oliveira has shown a lot of interesting things in the few minutes he spent on the pitch.

But not everything has been good news regarding the new signings, André Santos hasn’t played yet and gave a sense of not been adapted yet after the minutes he played on the pre-season, while Evaldo has been heavily criticized for his performance at the left side of the defense. In any case the balance of the new signings surely has more positive readings than negative notes.

For this game, Oltra will be able to repeat the lineup of the first two matchdays, this since Bruno Gama surpassed the hamstring injury that sidelined him from Thursday’s training. Aranzubia defends the goal, Manuel Pablo performs at the right-back position, Evaldo will keep playing at the left despite the protest from the fans, while the central positions at defense are for Aythami and Marchena.

Abel Aguilar and Juan Dominguez will try to dominate midfield territory, Bruno Gama attacks from the right flank, Pizzi does it from the left, while Juan Carlos Valerón is the playmaker in the scheme.

Riki is the central attacker; this is a special game for him after spending two years with Getafe, club that allowed his debut at Primera. To emphasize that Riki is the top scorer of Depor against Getafe as he has scored three goals against Los Azulones.

The only two players at the injury room are Laure and Salomão. Centre back Ze Castro is already training with the rest of the group, but Oltra left him out of the list for the game. The other players out for tactical reasons are right-back Diego Seoane, right winger Saul, playmaker Juan Carlos, striker Bodipo and centre midfielder Jesús Vázquez

Bruno Gama talked before the match; he assured that the presence of four ex-Depor players at Getafe won’t affect the game, ”They have some players that were here before, but it doesn’t mean that they know us better. It will be a difficult match and we want to keep the same level. This year will be harder, but the goal of the team is to be as strong at the Riazor as we were on last year. We need to feel the support from the fans; in the first game we noticed that the public was with us.”

The Portuguese winger also stated that, for now, the only thing in the players’ minds is to achieve the permanence, “We aren’t thinking in anything else than the permanence, it’s the main goal and we aren’t thinking in anything else. We do have a strong team, a squad full of quality, but aren’t thinking of that.”

Juan Dominguez believes that Depor is going to have a tough meeting against Getafe, ”It’s complicated, like any other game, but I see us ready to win the clash. We must compete until the end as Getafe is a solid team, and it’s going to be complicated if we don’t match our level”.

Finally, Aythami said that Deportivo must take advantage of all the matched played at the Riazor, “There are a lot of new players and we still adapting, tomorrow’s is another opportunity to continue with this process. We are targeting the permanence and already have four points, so four points less for the goal. Tomorrow is important as we play at home and we are aware that the permanence is passing through the home meetings. We must remain strong at the Riazor.”

List of picked players: (18): Aranzubia, Lux (goalkeepers); Manuel Pablo, Roderick, Marchena, Aythami, Ayoze, Evaldo (defenders); André Santos, Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez, Abel Aguilar Bruno Gama, Pizzi, Camuñas, Valerón (midfielders); Riki and Nélson Oliveira (strikers)

Bizarre things have been occurring in Getafe, a city in the south of the Madrid metropolitan area, this humble place with 170,115 inhabitants was dreaming of emulating its big brother Real Madrid after president Ángel Torres agreed to sell the club to Royal Emirates Group of Companies ,a mysterious group led by Sheikh Butti Bin Suhail Al Maktoum. Suddenly this criticized club due to its poor attendances to the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum was feeling important.

But it turned to be a farce as in June the Catalan police uncovered Royal Emirates Group of Companies as a gang who dressed up a Brazilian waiter to look like an Arab sheikh. The gang promised funds for Getafe’s president and other Spanish business owners in return for fees of as much as 20,000 Euros. Torres has always denied that he was fooled and argued that the purchase of Getafe still on, but the Spanish media believes that he’s hiding the true in order to avoid the ridicule.

Getafe has spent the last eight years at Primera and clinched a meritorious sixth place back on the season 2009/10, but within the last two years the club has suffered big financial problems and stayed in the second part of the standings, on the season 2010/11 they just avoided relegation by one point. So, the club needs a financial injection in order to survive. Now all the big plans are stuck and the club lives a strange season, a year in which the target is the permanence instead of becoming an established force at Primera División.

And the team is staying outside this polemic situation and seems strong enough to avoid further relegation problems. Coach Luis Garcia Plaza is living his second year at the club and seems settled in the league despite been the second youngest coach at Primera. The club has kept important players like midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada, a centre midfielder that’s starting to call the attention of the media and that scored on the past weekend against Real Madrid.

 The Madrilenian club also captured promising players like striker Paco Alcácer, who just came loaned from Valencia CF, or centre back David Ángel Abraham, who in just a couple of months is already the leader of the defense. And the recent victory over Real Madrid (2-1) is just reinforcing the idea that, despite all the weird things happening outside the pitch, the team is fine and will probably have a tranquil year, even aspiring to Europe.

It’s expected that Luis Garcia will make three changes for the visit to the Riazor, former Mallorca man Miguel Ángel Moyá defends the goal; ex-Atletico Juan Valera covers the right-back position, ex-Real Madrid Miguel Torres performs on the left. David Abraham has been the leader at defense, but he picked  a leg injury on Thursday and is out of the match, therefore the first change in the lineup is the entry of Albert Lopo in order to Andalusian Alexis Ruano at the central positions.

Asturian Miguel Marcos Madera ´Michel’ joins Xavi Torres at midfield; Getafe paid €300,000 to Levante for this last player. The second change in the formation is the return of Pedro Leon; the right winger was ineligible to play against Real Madrid for contract reasons; new sensation Abdelaziz Barrada is the playmaker in the formation, ex-Depor man Ángel Lafita attacks from the left wing

The final change in the lineup is the exit of Miku, who was loaned out to Celtic Glasgow before the deadline; the Venezuelan was the top scorer on last season netting twelve goals; therefore Adrián Colunga is going to make his first appearance as a starter. So far he has only played 37 minutes on the liga campaign.

Juan Rodriguez and Lopo will be at the Riazor as both men were picked for the match, but Borja Fernandez isn’t part of the trip to A Coruña as he isn’t counting for Luis Garcia. New signing striker Paco Alcácer is also on the list and will probably have a chance in the second part, while the other arrival for the striking zone, Álvaro Vázquez wasn’t picked for the clash as his transfer was completed until Friday.

Lafita is one of the two ex-Depor players at the team that’s going to be a starter in the game; he confessed to Radio Onda Cero that it was hard to leave Depor in the middle of the fight with Real Zaragoza, ”I was 22 when I went to A Coruña. I´m thankful because they gave me the chance to succeed there. I was in the middle of a situation that was out of my hands. In the end a judge decided and it was painful to leave that way. For the way of breaking with Depor I decided to close my relation with Bahia [his agent agency], it was hard for me to break my link with my agent at Bahia.”

Albert Lopo was another of the players that talked before the game, ”The match is special to me; I spent five years at Deportivo and I don’t know if I will be welcomed. There are different opinions, and I guess that many people will be pleased to see me and others don’t. I already lived this at Espanyol and it isn’t pleasant, but the goal is to complete a good game and to clinch a good result.”

The Catalan defender also talked of the current Deportivo’s squad, ”Valerón is there, he’s the brain of the team and if you allow him to play then they can create a lot of damage, and up front they have Riki and the Portuguese player they have signed. Both are good players and we need to stay close to them.”

List of picked players: (19)  Moyá, Codina (goalkeepers); Alexis, Mané, Miguel Torres, Lopo, Rafa López, Valera (defenders); Lacen, Gavilán, Pedro León, Diego Castro, Barrada, Michel, Juan Rodríguez, Xavi Torres, Lafita (midfielders); Colunga and Paco Alcácer (strikers)

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Aranzubia – Manuel Pablo, Marchena, Aythami, Evaldo – Abel Aguilar, Juan Domínguez – Bruno Gama, Valerón, Pizzi – Riki.
Getafe: (4-2-3-1) Moyá - Valera, Alexis, Lopo, Miguel Torres - Míchel, Xavi Torres - Pedro León, Barrada, Lafita – Colunga.
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Kick-off: 20h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Getafe: 6 wins for Depor, 5 draws, 3 wins for Getafe (Primera)
Record at the Riazor: 3 wins for Depor, 3 draws, 1 win for Getafe (Primera)



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