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PREVIEW: LAS PALMAS – DEPOR (LIGA)

17 Aug 2013
Deportivo debut at Liga Adelante with the half of the players in the list having a past spell at Fabril. Luis debuts in liga. The rival is one of the candidates for promotion, and the Canarians are now lead by Valerón.

STATISTICS: PROBLEMS IN PARADISE
Deportivo have always faced problems at the moment of visiting the paradisiacal Canary Islands, because the Galicians have only won four times there after eighteen visits to UD Las Palmas playing for Primera or Segunda División. And in the half of those games they ended scoreless.

But it’s also true that the Blanquiazul outfit has won the last two matches played there, the last one a 1-0 win on the Segunda campaign 2011/12 with Guardado scoring the lonely goal after a penalty committed over Valerón. El Flaco will now be on the other side of the pitch and this is his first meeting against Depor since the year 2000 (he lost 1-4 loss playing with Atlético Madrid at the Riazor).

Historically, Deportivo have had mixed results in the first league match on the season; the Galicians won 40 of the 82 opening league games in their rich history, but the more recent tendency is positive, because the team has only lost three of the last twenty liga openers. The last one was a 2-3 defeat playing at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid (Aug 29, 2009).

DEPORTIVO: FABRIL’S POWER
The game against UD Las Palmas arrives in a moment when Deportivo is a half-made team, with pending exits and arrivals, but coach Fernando Vázquez knew this could happen and has been preparing a solution for the first matchdays based in the players coming out from the academy. And it’s that the half of the eighteen players in the list for the match have played at least once at Depor B, with six of these players performing at the youth teams during last season.

The best example is playmaker Javier Fernández Abruñedo ‘Bicho’, who last year was playing at Juvenil A and now could make his official debut with the first team after completing a solid pre-season. Bicho (17 & 178 days) could be the youngest player that performs in a league competition with Depor after almost 34 years.

Before him the youngest kid that has played with the Galicians in liga is Alberto Iglesias Doforno (16 & 175 days). This striker played twice at Depor during a league competition, in the first match he was a starter for 27 minutes against Recreativo de Huelva (Segunda División, Sept 09 1979). Coach García Verdugo replaced him early in the game after been booked.

Bicho hopes to have a more solid career than his antecessor and was picked for the game as Fernando Vázquez is missing reinforcements in attack. The same goes with two of the remaining five players that performed at the youth teams on last season. Pablo Insua is having a fixed spot on the new campaign, but Uxío Marcos is part of the games due to the absences at the centre of the defense. Keeper David Gómez is traveling with the team as Depor haven’t signed yet a second goalie.

Juan Carlos is making a giant step as he was included in the game and it’s even expected he could be a starter. Last season he was part of Depor B during the first part of the tournament then he was loaned to SD Huesca. Striker Luis Fernández is a fixed piece in the puzzle for the new season, but he will also have the chance to start the game as the coach still pending to host his “chief striker”

It’s expected a 4-2-3-1 formation for the game, with German Lux as the starting goalie; Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ will cover the right-back position, Ayoze Díaz covers the left, while the centre-backs are Kaká and Insua.

Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez are performing at midfield, Javier Arizmendi is the only new signing that will be a starter in the game, he should be performing at the right wing, Bruno Gama moves to the left, Juan Carlos is the playmaker and Luis the central attacker.

New signings Rudy, Cezary Culio and Juan Wilk are part of the team and could make their official debut during the second half. Álvaro Lemos is the only player at the injury room, while centre-back Aythami Artiles is suspended. Other three centre-backs, Ze Castro, David Rochela and Stefan Deák, plus midfielder Paulo Assunção and full-back Diego Seoane weren’t picked for the game. Some of them will surely leave in the coming days

Lux talked before the game and said he believes in the promotion chances of Depor, ”The feelings are good. The goal is the promotion, there’s no doubt about it, the challenge is there, but later there are some situations. It won’t be easy, it wasn’t the year we clinched promotion, but have confidence in our chances. We are preparing a good team and let’s see how things begin. We know Segunda is complicated, we must fight and work hard.”

Manuel Pablo talked of his feelings for been facing his former club and also Valerón, ”It’s a special game, because this is my other home. In all my years in football I only met Deportivo and Las Palmas, and beyond this Valerón is there; he’s fine and possibly he’s going to play. I hope he can be there, because you always want to face the best. Everyone loving football also loves Valerón. I faced him before joining Deportivo and liked it.”

The captain of Deportivo is also targeting the promotion, but admits that there are other strong rivals, ”There are many teams, maybe we could have some surprises and must try to reach the top. We’ve something special: the fans. It must be a favourable thing to us, but we must understand that there are other candidates, not only Depor.”

Finally, Pablo Insua is pushing for a victory in this match, "No matter the field Deportivo must almost go out in order to win. Deportivo is a giant club in Spain and we must go out for the three points in order to have a strong start in liga. We know the rival is well reinforced and the next game is going to be highly disputed."

List of picked players (18): Lux, David Gómez (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Insua, Kaká, Uxío, Ayoze (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez, Wilk, Culio, Bruno Gama, Juan Carlos, Bicho (midfielders); Luis, Rudy & Arizmendi (attackers)

LAS PALMAS: A DREAM OF ELEVEN YEARS
More than a decade has passed since the last time UD Las Palmas played at Primera División. The season 2001/02 marked the 31st campaign of the Canarians at the elite, but a disastrous administration grabbed the club to the desert of Segunda and even to the purgatory of Segunda B. Now, president Miguel Ángel Ramírez is trying to build up a project that could bring hope to the Canary Islands.  Last season he hired Sergio Lobera, a coach without experience in the league, but with a solid career working with youngsters.

The result was a boost for a club used to work with youngsters, because the team ended six at the standings, their highest position since the fifth place of the campaign 2002/2003; it wasn’t enough to clinch the promotion to Primera as they were eliminated in the playoff round by UD Almeria, but it was the base. Now the building has a now architect: Juan Carlos Valerón, who left Deportivo in order to return home. The signing raised the morale of the fans and put the club once again in the map.

It’s an ambitious and serious project, with a solid financial base. The problem is that it isn’t ready. And it’s that the UD is still searching for reinforcements in order to complete the squad, more precisely they need four more players, from a centre-back to a central attacker. So, they are facing Depor with a provisional formation, a situation aggravated by the three casualties hitting the team: right-back Ángel López (knee), centre midfielder Javi Castellano and striker Macky Chrisantus (both suspended). At least Valerón is recovered from the knock suffered in the last friendly game.

For the game it’s expected a similar squad to the 4-2-3-1 formation that played against Atlético Madrid during the past weekend. Argentine Mariano Barbosa defends the goal, Aythami Álvarez is one of the seven players coming from the Canarian academy that are expected to start in the game; he will perform at the right side of the defense with Cameroonian Timothée Atouba performing at the left.

The centre-backs are David Rodríguez Barrera “Deivid” and captain David García. The centre midfielders are coming from the youth teams too: 24-year-old Vicente Gómez and Hernán Santana, the latter is and represents the youngest player on the pitch for his team.

The attacking line present familiar faces to Depor. First with Nauzet Alemán attacking from the right wing; he scored five times on last season and netted three goals against Depor playing at Primera with Real Valladolid. Then ex-Depor Jerónimo Figueroa Cabrera “Momo” covers the left flank, he only played five liga matches with the Galicians during the season 2005/06.

Valerón is the playmaker in the formation; curiously he never defeated Deportivo in his previous meetings with the Galicians (two losses and four draws). Finally, Alfredo Juan Mayordomo “Máyor” is the central attacker; last season he was the second best scorer at SD Ponferradina (7 goals in favour).

El Flaco talked during the week about his reencounter with Depor, ”It’s a pretty game for me; we all know the situation they are living over there; quality players remain at their team, with plenty of experience. I spent thirteen years in A Coruña and lived there my best moments, both personally and professionally. Those were special years. Depor are one of the candidates to promotion. Let’s see how they begin the league and how their players adapt.”

Momo also talked of Deportivo, ”It’s an historic club that surely will fight in order to be at the top positions and have a team full of quality, though they also lost important players and surely it’s going to be hard for them.

List of picked players (20): Barbosa, Raúl Lizoain (goalkeepers); Aythami Álvarez, Deivid, David García, Atouba, Carlos Gutierrez, Xabi Castillo, Ernesto Galán (defenders); Nauzet Alemán, Momo, Dani Castellano, Hernán, Valerón, Vicente Gómez (midfielders); Tato, Cristián Herrera, José Artiles, Máyor & Spas Delev (attackers)

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Las Palmas: (4-2-3-1) Barbosa – Aythami Álvarez, Deivid, David García, Atouba – Vicente Gómez, Hernán – Nauzet, Valerón, Momo - Máyor
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Insua, Kaká, Ayoze – Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez – Arizmendi, Juan Carlos, Bruno Gama – Luis.
Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez (second year at Segunda)
Kick-off: 19h00 CET (Estadio de Gran Canaria)
Head-to-head Vs. Las Palmas: 15 wins for Depor, 6 draws, 15 wins for Las Palmas (Primera & Segunda)
Record in Las Palmas: 4 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 12 wins for Las Palmas (Primera & Segunda)

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