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20 Sep 2015
Víctor is ready to repeat the lineup at Deportivo after the good start of season; the rival is the team with more players coming from the B squad and is a reference after clinching the promotion under severe financial problems.

Sporting Gijón is one of the three liga teams that haven’t scored yet in liga, but it must be also emphasized that they have only conceded one goal, something that’s remarkable taking in mind that they already faced teams that are expected to lie at the first positions: Real Madrid, Valencia CF and Real Sociedad, and to have in mind that the goal allowed was a late goal hosting the Valencians one week ago.

Deportivo, meanwhile, is one of the seven teams in la liga that remain undefeated. This is the third time within the last six seasons at Primera in which the Galicians haven’t lost after the first three games, something that’s positive, but the other seasons in which Depor didn’t lose in the first three meetings were the ones that cost the relegation (2010/11 & 2012/13).

Also, Sporting have only won 3 times after 35 liga visits to the Riazor, but it turns out that Depor have been unable to defeat the Asturians within the last 17 years. The last time the Galicians defeated the Asturians for la liga was for the season 1997/98 with José Manuel Corral’s team winning both games.

Firstly it won 2-1 at the Riazor with goals from Naybet and Abreu (January 4, 1998) and later won 0-3 at El Molinón for the closing matchday of the campaign with goals scored by Bassir (2) and Flavio Conceiçao (May 16, 1998). In official competitions the last victory of Depor over Sporting was for Copa Del Rey and it also took place at El Molinón. It was a 0-1 win with a goal scored by Donato during the campaign 1998/99 (January 31, 1999).

The good start of season is moving coach Víctor Sánchez to make the lesser possible changes ahead of this meeting, to the point that the coach is repeating the same roster of the game against Rayo Vallecano with the only novelty that winger Miguel Cardoso is out of the clash.

Despite the fact of been facing three games in a matter of eight days the coach bets in the continuity in order to extend the current run of positive results, at least for this weekend, and therefore it’s expected that he will repeat the lineup of the victory at Vallecas with the only doubt if it will be a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation.

German Lux remains at the goal, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ performs at the right side of the defence, Fernando Navarro covers the left side, with Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas playing at the central positions.

Midfield will continue to be territory for Pedro Mosquera and Celso Borges, the disposition of the rest of players depends of the draw to be used, Fayçal Fajr will be the playmaker in a 4-2-3-1 draw, though he could join the midfielders in a 4-3-3, then Luis Alberto will remain on the left wing with Juanfran Moreno attacking from the right flank.

Lucas Pérez will continue to be the reference in attack. The Galician player has scored a goal in the last two meetings, in case of scoring again he will tie the recent mark of Bruno Gama of scoring in three straight Primera meetings (season 2012-13, matchdays 30-32 against Real Zaragoza, Levante UD and Athletic Club).

Right-back Manuel Pablo, goalkeeper Fabricio and playmaker Cani remain at the injury room despite they are already training with the group. They could receive the medical okay on next week. Striker Oriol Riera was cleared to play, but Víctor didn’t name him in the roster. The other players out for tactical reasons are midfielder Haris Medunjanin, wingers Jonás Gutiérrez and Cardoso, plus left-back Saúl García.

Celso Borges was talking of Sporting’s style, "It's a completely different style to what Rayo do. They are very compact in defense, the points they have were worked pretty well. It is a rival with a lot of quality, a team that knows how to defend and that comes out quickly in the counterattack. We will see how we can break the lock. Rayo and Valencia are teams that risk from behind and play, there is a style for those teams and there is another for those who play differently. There is always a plan for each team, which is different.”

List of picked players (18): Lux, Manu (goalkeepers); Laure, Lopo, Sidnei, Arribas, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders); Juan Domínguez, Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Luisinho, Fayçal Fajr, Cartabia, Celso Borges (midfielders); Lucas Pérez, Luis Alberto & Jonathan Rodríguez (attackers)

These have been tough years for Sporting Gijón in a financial sense, after been close to clinch the promotion during the Segunda season 2013/14, a debt of €40 million pulled the team to only aspire to survive, especially since €20 million were owed to the Spanish Treasury and with the new financial control implemented by la liga it caused a block in the signings.

So, for last season Sporting was the only club at Primera and Segunda that didn’t make a signing, and they responded clinching an unexpected promotion to the elite. The secret for this success is a bet in the “canteranos”, their only possible response to the crisis. It shouldn’t be surprising after all as Mareo, Sporting’s school founded in 1978, is one of the most prestigious academies in Spain.

Another of the keys is the presence of coach Abelardo Fernández, who previously was the coach of the B squad in two different stages and that knew how to handle a young and unexperienced group. For this campaign the bet is the same as 15 of the 25 players at the first team passed through the academy, this is the largest number among the Primera clubs.

And it was the only possible solution again as the ban continued for this season, though it was only partial, this since the Asturians could only sign three reinforcements under certain conditions (loans or free transfer with the players earning the minimum wage).

Despite not scoring a goal within the first three matchdays Sporting left a positive impression as they only conceded a goal, which indicates that they are a strong team in defence that needs to settle in attack. Abelardo hinted that there could be changes in the lineup, but only one modification is expected in the 4-4-1-1 draw.

Keeper Iván Cuéllar passed a late test after been doubtful on Friday and will be a starter, Alberto Lora covers the right side in defense, Isma López, a winger pretended by Depor in the past, has been reconverted into a left-back, then Bernardo Espinosa and Luis Hernández are the centre-backs.

Nacho Cases and Sergio Álvarez are the centre midfielders, the Pablo Pérez attacks from the right wing. The only expected change is the appearance of Croatian Alen Halilović on the left flank, which will open a space to Miguel Ángel Guerrero in order to perform behind Paraguayan Antonio Sanabria up front.

Toni Sanabria is a young attacker linked with Depor during the last two summer windows, in the end the loanee from AS Roma ended in Asturias, he is still adapting to Spanish football. In the case of Guerrero he is 26 and was the best scorer of the team on the last Segunda season (11 goals). Ex-Depor Roberto Canella was picked for the game, but hasn’t debuted yet on the season.

Sergio Álvarez was previewing the game with Depor, ”Depor have made a jump in quality, they had reinforcements and is competing at a great level. We cannot low the intensity, because Depor would surpass us. These are games with a great environment as there will be a lot of fans. We left positive feelings in the first there games and we want to win now.”

List of picked players (18): Cuéllar, Alberto García (goalkeepers); Luis Hernández, Álex Menéndez, Bernardo, Sergio Álvarez, Canella, Lora (defenders); Cases, Mascarell, Carlos Carmona, Pablo Pérez, Jony, Halilovićc, Jorge Meré (midfielders); Sanabria, Guerrero & Carlos Castro (attackers)

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Navarro – Mosquera, Borges – Juanfran, Fajr, Luis Alberto – Lucas Pérez.
Sporting: (4-4-1-1) Cuéllar – Lora, Bernardo, Luis Hernández, Isma López – Pablo Pérez, Cases, Sergio Álvarez, Halilović – Guerrero – Sanabria.
Referee: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias
Kick-off: 16h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Sporting: 31 wins for Depor, 19 draws, 21 wins for Sporting (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 21 wins for Depor, 11 draws, 3 wins for Sporting (Primera & Segunda)



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