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12 Jan 2016
Both teams present a similar formation compared to the first round; Depor are trying to bounce back after the heavy loss in Madrid, while Mirandés try to keep the offensive approach in order to pass the tie.

With the 1-1 of the first-leg, Depor only need a goalless draw at the Riazor in order to pass to quarterfinals. In the previous five Copa ties in which the Galicians clinched a draw or a win in the first-leg playing on the road the team advanced to the following round.  The last time the team was eliminated in the current circumstances was during the last-16 round of the season 2007/08 as Deportivo got a 1-1 draw visiting RCD Espanyol and later lost 1-2 at the Riazor in extra time.

Depor are trying to play the quarterfinals in Copa for the first time since the season 2010/11 and arrive to this meeting after suffering their worst loss on the season (0-5 at Real Madrid) and also after suffering back-to-back losses for the first time on this campaign.

Meanwhile, CD Mirandés continue to be the best scorer at Segunda División though they only got a draw during the weekend hosting relegation-troubled UD Almeria (1-1). Los Rojillos are the third best visiting team at Liga Adelante after adding 15 points in 10 visits, and they confirmed their status on the road eliminating Málaga CF in the previous round clinching a 0-1 win at La Rosaleda.

The best thing after a heavy loss is to play a game as soon as possible, it is a common phrase among the players and coaches, and it is a reality for Deportivo as the Galicians are playing an official game only 72 hours after the 0-5 loss at the Bernabeú. The team didn’t’ have time to digest the heavy burden as it trained only minutes after landing in A Coruña and only completed one additional session before the meeting.

A few changes are expected to the team that played the first-leg. The main modification is that the draw will be a 4-3-3 with Luisinho delaying his position on the pitch and with Miguel Cardoso playing as a starter for the second time on this season (he was a starter in the home game against UE Llagostera).

Manu Fernández is the starting goalie, Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ covers the right side in defence, Luisinho performs on the left, while the central positions are for Albert Lopo and Róber Pier.

Pedro Mosquera stays in the starting formation and is joined by Juan Dominguez and Jonás Gutiérrez; Fede Cartabia attacks from the right wing, Cardoso does it from the left and Oriol Riera is the centre forward.

Cani is back after surpassing an ankle injury, but Jonathan Rodriguez is out with a hamstring problem. The other two players at the injury room are Fabricio and Borges. Several starters in liga, like Sidnei and Álex Bergantiños, are rested, while it calls the attention that Haris Medunjanin is out of the roster. The Bosnian didn’t play in the first-leg and his only participation on this season was during the tie with UE Llagostera.

List of picked players (18): Manu, Lux (goalkeepers); Manuel Pablo, Laure, Arribas, Lopo, Róber (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez, Mosquera, Cani, Cartabia, Jonás Gutiérrez, Luisinho, Cardoso (midfielders); Oriol Riera, Lucas Pérez & Luis Alberto (attackers)

Coach Carlos Terrazas knows that the tie is complicated after the draw in the first-leg, but he’s ready to fight for the ticket to quarterfinals using the same tactic that brought him here: an offensive approach characterized by a 3-4-3 draw with three centre-backs and plenty of game on the sides. He travels to A Coruña with a healthy squad only affected by the absence of centre-back Álvaro Corral, who was left behind after overcoming an injury.

The only expected change from the team that faced the first-leg is the presence at midfield of former Eibar man< b>Gorka Kijera. Raúl Fernández is the starting goalie, with the trio of centre-backs composed by Ernesto Galán, Álex Ortiz and Javi Cantero.

Ion Vélez and Carlos Lázaro perform at midfield, with Carlos Moreno and Kijera performing as full-backs. In attack Marco Sangalli, Abdón Prats and Álex Garcia will try to score once in order to at least take the game to extra time.

Ivorian Lago Junior is also part of the squad and it’s expected that he could enter in the second half as he did in the first match. Sangalli and Álex García gave a lot of problems in Anduva and it’s expected they will retain their spots as starters.

French Gaffoor is also part of the trip and was giving his expectations on this game, ”We should be thinking that we need two goals, because it will be difficult to see them staying scoreless. We are capable of winning at the Riazor as we demonstrated it in Málaga.”

List of picked players (18): Raúl Fernández, Sergio Pérez (goalkeepers), Gaffoor, Kijera, Lázaro, Javi Cantero, Álex Ortíz, Galán (defenders); Rúper, Sangalli, Provencio, Carlos Moreno, Eguaras, Álex García, Néstor Salinas (midfielders); Ión Vélez, Abdón Prats & Lago Junior (attackers)

Deportivo: (4-3-3) Manu - Laure Lopo, Róber, Luisinho – Jonás, Mosquera, Juan Domínguez – Cartabia, Oriol Riera, Cardoso.
Mirandés: (3-4-3) Fernández – Galán, Ortíz, Cantero – Moreno, Lázaro, Vélez, Kijera – Sangalli, Prats, Álex García.
Kick-off: 20h30 CET (Riazor)
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Head-to-head Vs. CD Mirandés: 1 win for Depor, 2 draws, 2 wins for Mirandés (Segunda B)
Record at the Riazor:: 1 win for Depor, 1 draw, 0 wins for Mirandés (Segunda B)



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