Squad news


01 May 2016
It’s a final for both teams; Depor recover Luis Alberto and want to avoid the drama of the last two matchdays. Getafe are in relegation and need the three points to remain alive.

Deportivo have been unable to defeat Getafe CF within the last seven official meetings between both sides. In that period the Galicians only got two draws. The last win over Los Azulones took place more than six years ago, it was a 0-2 win at the Alfonso Pérez coliseum with goals scored by Filipe and Mista (November 7, 2009).

It’s a huge game for both sides as Depor would certify the permanence with a victory, while Getafe CF need the three points in order to stay alive. The Madrilenians have been terrible on the road on this season; they are the second worst away team with only 8 points added in 17 visits. They only clinched two away wins: 1-2 at Sporting Gijón & 1-2 at Real Sociedad.

But at the same time Deportivo is the second worst home team in the league after only adding 20 points in 17 home matches. And it’s that the Riazor is the stadium that has witnessed lesser victories from its players: 4 (RCD Espanyol, RC Celta, SD Eibar and Levante UD)

With seven points of advantage over the relegation zone, and with only three games remaining, the permanence seems a matter of time, but the calendar of Depor, with tough games against Villarreal CF and Real Madrid, invites to see this game as a final. The victory will seal the continuity at Primera, while any other result will leave the team with the goal at reach, but with the anxiety that everything can be twisted in the final two games before powerful rivals that are still fighting for big goals.

That’s why there are nerves in the environment, especially for the poor performance at home and the negative run during the second round. The comments surrounding coach Víctor Sánchez neither are helping to tranquilize the things. But the fact is that only one victory is needed and this seems the best opportunity to achieve it.

For the game Víctor has been boosted by the return of Luis Alberto, his second best scorer and assistant. It’s expected that the team will continue using the 4-4-2 scheme. Manu Fernández will continue defending the goal, Juanfran Moreno returns to the right side of the defence, with Fernando Navarro performing on the left and the central positions been for Alejandro Arribas and Sidnei Rechel.

Pedro Mosquera and Celso Borges are the centre midfielders, Fede Cartabia will be attacking from the right wing, Fayçal Fajr will do it from the left, then Luis Alberto joins Lucas Pérez in attack.

Luisinho remains out with an Achilles problem and joins German Lux and Fabricio Agosto at the injury room. Albert Lopo returns after been out for the past two games, but Juan Domínguez, Manuel Pablo and Jonathan Rodríguez weren’t picked for tactical reasons.

List of picked players (18): Manu, Pletikosa (goalkeepers); Laure, Arribas, Sidnei, Lopo, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Celso Borges, Mosquera, Jonás Gutiérrez, Cartabia, Cani, Fayçal Fajr (midfielders); Lucas Pérez, Luis Alberto & Oriol Riera (attackers)

It has been a poor season for Getafe from start to finish, the terrible decisions building up the squad, combined with the financial problems, and the inability of the previous coaches to find solutions caused a downward spiral that’s menacing a spell of twelve straight seasons at the elite. A defeat in this game will practically certify the relegation after the victory of Sporting Gijón (2-0 Vs. SD Eibar).

But there’s hope too, firstly because the last two games are against Sporting and Real Betis, the first a direct rival that will visit Madrid and the second a team playing for nothing. The second reason is the appearance of Juan Esnáider, the new coach that managed to scratch four valuable points against Real Sociedad and Valencia CF. So, a victory against Depor is as huge step towards the elusive permanence.

Esnáider had problems in defence in the past three games, Juan Cala is returning to the centre of the defence, but Emiliano Velázquez wasn’t picked despite training the full week after surpassing an injury. Juan Rodriguez is also returning from suspension, while attacker Emi Buendía wasn’t picked despite been available, so the coach is making changes and at the same time is keeping the base of the past two matchdays.

It’s predicted a 4-4-2 figure, Vicente Guaita is the goalkeeper, Uruguayan Damián Suárez covers the right side in defence, Carlos Vigaray plays on the left, while Cala joins Santiago Vergini at the central positions.

Álvaro Medrán and ex-Depor Juan Rodríguez are the centre midfielders, Pedro León attacks from the right wing, Pablo Sarabia dies it from the left, while Serbian Stefan Šćepović and Álvaro Vázquez are the centre forwards.

Getafe paid around €3 million for Vázquez in 2012 and the true is that he hasn’t fulfilled the expectations, on this season he has only scored five goals. Better has been the campaign for Pablo Sarabia, who is the top-scorer at the team with seven goals in favour plus providing five assists. He also cost €3 million and has been linked with a move to Valencia CF, Villarreal CF and Watford FC.

List of picked players (18): Megyeri,. Guaita (goalkeepers); Vergini, Cala, Vigaray, Damián Suárez, Miguel Ángel (defenders); Lacen, Sarabia, Yoda, Pedro León, Bernard, Moi Gomez, Juan Rodríguez, Medrán, Wanderson (midfielders); Álvaro Vázquez & Stefan Šćepović (attackers).

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Manu – Juanfran, Sidnei, Arribas, Navarro – Cartabia, Borges, Mosquera, Fajr – Luis Alberto, Lucas.
Getafe: (4-4-2) Guaita – Suárez, Cala, Vergini, Vigaray – Pedro León, Medrán, Juan Rodríguez, Sarabia – Álvaro Vázquez, Šćepović.
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez
Kick-off: 18h15 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Getafe: 6 wins for Depor, 7 draws, 6 wins for Getafe (Primera)
Record at the Riazor: 3 wins for Depor, 4 draws, 2 wins for Getafe (Primera)



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