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20 Oct 2013
Depor return to the Riazor trying to score some goals in order to not drop more points at home. Vázquez will keep the 4-1-4-1 figure. Real Zaragoza have improved lately, but the Aragonians are still looking for balance.

Deportivo and Real Zaragoza have faced their own problems in this start of season, but the true is that both sides are arriving to the meeting in the middle of a positive streak. The Aragonians have added twelve of the last fifteen points in dispute, while the Galicians added ten in the same period. Only leaders Recreativo de Huelva have a better mark as they have clinched six straight wins.

But the strong point of both teams is really different to each other, because while Depor are the best defensive line at Liga Adelante with only four goals allowed after nine games, Real Zaragoza represent the four best scorer with thirteen goals in favour, only behind Recreativo de Huelva (18), Real Murcia (16) and SD Ponferradina (14).

Los Maños have only won seven of their thirty-five league visits to Deportivo, but the important thing is that they only lost twice within their last seven visits to the Riazor. One of those defeats occurred last year with goals from Bruno Gama, Marchena and an own goal of Abraham (3-2).

Los Blanquiazules have only scored once after playing the first four home games at the Riazor, it’s the worst mark in the history of the club. Despite the bleeding of goals Depor were lucky to rescue four points in those meetings, enough to put the team inside the promotion zone thanks to the performance away from home. But coach Fernando Vázquez and his players are aware that’s necessary to score goals at the Riazor if the Galician outfit wants to have a solid chance of returning to Primera.

 The coach already switched the draw in liga in three opportunities –four considering the 5-2-2-1 saw in Copa Del Rey- and so far his team is still lacking of the needed spark in order to create scoring opportunities, so until now the team is holding on the results more by the defensive solidity rather than by the number of scoring opportunities that are created.

And it’s that Depor have never made more than 5 shots on target in a single game (against Sporting Gijón). Despite the problems the coach won’t modify the 4-1-4-1 draw used in previous meetings. But there are two modifications compared to the team that defeated Barcelona B; the first is the return of Pablo Insua, who missed the last game as he was concentrated with the U21s squad. The other is the presence of Portuguese Luisinho at the left.

Argentine German Lux is the goalkeeper, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ performs at the right side of the defense, Luisinho plays on the left and  centre midfielder Álex Bergantiños repeat his presence at the central positions joining Insua.

Polish Cezary Wilk is the centre midfielder. There’s a line of two playmakers composed by Juan Dominguez and Argentine Juan Culio. Portuguese Rudy attacks from the right wing, Javier Arizmendi does it from the left and Borja Bastón is the central attacker.

There are no Fabril’s players at the list as Paulo Teles and Bicho will be playing with Depor B during the weekend. Centre-back Carlos Marchena wasn’t picked due to tactical reasons, but winger Antonio Núñez entered into the list for a liga meeting for the first time on the season. Finally, winger Álvaro Lemos is the only player at the injury room.

Juan Dominguez was commenting on the fact that Depor are playing more on counterattacks during this season, ”Our identity is to feel more protected and wait at the back is order to surprise the rival in a counterattack and if they are locked at the back, then to use the ball possession. It’s always more pleasant to watch a team having the ball possession and attacking rather than the other style, which is more effective, but less enjoyable.”

Finally, Pablo Insua commented that, "The games at the Riazor against these kinds of rivals are motivating. We face the league in a different way, we play at the Riazor against a very tough rival and I believe things will be different. Both teams are similar, following an ascending path, so I believe that if we start to win at home then it will be very important. We are willing to please our people and pick up the three points.”

List of picked players (18): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Luisinho, Seoane, Insua, Kaká (defenders);  Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez, Wilk, Antonio Núñez, Juan Carlos, Culio (midfielders); Luis Fernández, Rudy, Arizmendi & Borja Bastón (attackers)

Things are improving for Los Maños after an awful start in which they only added two points in the first four matches. There was a lot of criticism, but then they ended winning four of the next five matches. The true is that the performance of the team is leaving the feeling that something is missing: balance. Despite the poor start the Aragonians only allowed three goals in the first four games, but in the last five they allowed the double. What made possible the improvement in the results was the offense as the team passed from scoring only once within the first four meetings to end netting twelve times in the last five games.

The real problem is that the team concedes a lot of scoring opportunities, as example the y clinched a huge 2-4 win visiting RCD Mallorca, but the true is that the hero was keeper Leo Franco, a key piece in the game with his nine saves. In the last 2-1 win over SD Ponferradina the Argentine man was once again important with three new saves to keep the narrow score.

It indicates that new coach Paco Herrera needs to find the stability between the recent good run in attack and to improve the defensive solidity. For the meeting at the Riazor this problem of unbalance can be bigger as the ex-Celta manager is losing the two centre midfielders that have been starters within the last three liga meetings. Both are out due to injury reasons: Mario Ángel Paglialunga (hip) and Walter Acevedo (muscle). In order to fill the gaps the coach picked 19-year-old Tarsi Aguado, a centre midfielder from Zaragoza B that can make his debut on this match.

So, the coach is forced to make two substitutions at the lineup. There will be a third modification as centre-back Álvaro González is returning in order to pick the spot of Javi Paredes. The predicted formation is a 4-2-3-1 figure, with Leo Franco covering the goal, ex-Hércules David Cortés plays at the right side of the defense, the left sector is for former Barca B Abraham Minero, while Víctor Laguardia joins Álvaro at the centre.

Veterans José Maria Movilla and Jose Mari step into the starting formation in order to cover the casualties at midfield. Paco Montañes attacks from the right wing, ex-Levante José Javier Barkero is the playmaker , the left wing is territory for Víctor Rodriguez and the central attacker is Chilean Ángelo Henríquez, who is only 19.

The combination between Víctor Rodriguez and Ángelo Henríquez is really interesting as they are the best scorers at the team with four goals scored by each player. The interesting thing is that both are in-form scorers as, combined, the duo has netted 6 of the last 9 goals conquered by the team.

Veteran Jose Mari commented about the good moment lived by the team, ”We are living a good streak and are clinching positive results. I believe the team is growing up and passing through a great moment. And we need to confirm this on Sunday visiting Deportivo.”

Similar were the thoughts of goalkeeper Leo Franco, ”The points that we are adding are confirming our good work. The trainings are helping the team and it was noticed in the last five games and if we continue in the same path then we’ll soon reach at the first places. We have improved the results and now we need to improve our game. We need to follow the same path and continue achieving good results.”

Finally, defender Abraham Minero was hoping to achieve a victory at the Riazor, ”We are focused on Sunday’s game at the Riazor and on defeating Deportivo. It’s going to be a complicate game and we hope to face the meeting with the same intensive of past games. We must continue in the same path of previous matches though we still have to improve in some things.”

List of picked players (18): Leo Franco, Alcolea (goalkeepers); Paredes, Álvaro, Laguardia, Cortés, Abraham, José Fernández (defenders); Movilla, Barkero, Montañés, Jose Mari, , Cidoncha, Víctor Rodríguez, Tarsi (midfielders); Roger, Jorge Ortí & Ángelo Henríquez (attackers) 

Deportivo: (4-1-4-1) Lux – Laure, Insua, Álex Bergantiños, Luisinho – Wilk – Rudy, Juan Domínguez, Culio, Arizmendi – Borja Bastón.
Zaragoza: (4-2-3-1) Leo Franco - Cortés, Laguardia, Álvaro, Abraham – Movilla, Jose Mari -  Barkero, Montañés, Víctor Rodriguez – Ángelo Henríquez.
Referee: Pedro Sureda Cuenca
Kick-off: 12h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Zaragoza: 27 wins for Depor, 18 draws, 25 wins for Zaragoza (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 18 wins for Depor, 10 draws, 7 wins for Zaragoza (Primera & Segunda)



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