Squad news


18 Feb 2017
Depor face the first of the ten final to be played at the Riazor. Garitano will repeat the lineup that lost before Athletic. Alavés arrive to A Coruña after their historic qualification to the final in Copa Del Rey.

Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre
Kick-off: 18h30 CET (Riazor)

Deportivo Alavés might be living a dream after reaching the final in Copa Del Rey, but they have been stuck in liga during 2017. They only won once in the period (2-4 at Sporting Gijón) and only the bad results of the teams at the bottom are allowing them to have a comfortable lead of eleven points with the drop zone.

Meanwhile, Deportivo are in a more compromised situation, winless in 2017 and now only three points above the pit. The good thing for the Galicians is that they have a pending game with Real Betis plus the fact that ten of the sixteen games remaining in the schedule will be played at the Riazor.

Alavés have visited the Riazor in 24 opportunities playing in liga and the Basques only grabbed the victory in 3 games. Their last success in A Coruña took place during the campaign 2005/06 (0-2 with goals scored by Aloisi and Bodipo).

Ten home games are waiting for Deportivo, thirty points in dispute that should be more than enough for the permanence. The first thing is to recover the spirit of a team that remains winless in the new year and that suffered a painful loss at San Mamés on last weekend. Later to fix once and for all the distractions that are costing goals in precise moments in the game, mainly at the end. Coach Gaizka Garitano has been emphasizing this factor during the trainings and, for the moment, still relying in the same players as he will repeat the lineup that lost before Athletic Club.

Team news: Keeper Davy Roef is the only player at the injury room. Winger Bruno Gama returns after been left out of the last game, while Ola John is out for tactical reasons, the same with Laure, Álex Bergantiños and Marlos Moreno.

Man to watch: Playmaker Emre Çolak. Despite the recent results, the Turkish man is one fire as he has scored twice and also provided three assists within his last eight presentations with Deportivo. For Garitano it is clear that he should be performing as a playmaker, and it’s the main reason why the team keeps performing with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Picked players: (18) Tytoń, Lux, (goalkeepers); Juanfran, Arribas, Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho, Navarro (defenders); Borges, Pedro Mosquera, Çolak, Guilherme, Fajr, Carles Gil, Kakuta, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Joselu & Florin Andone (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Tytoń – Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro –Borges, Guilherme – Carles Gil, Çolak, Kakuta – Andone.

Deportivo Alavés will always be remembered for that exciting final in the UEFA Cup against FC Liverpool (2001), and it seemed this club had lived its best years after the disastrous era with Dmitry Piterman, but little by little they started to grow and fifteen years later they are back at the elite and with the novelty of reaching the final in Copa Del Rey for the first time.

 The secret has been patience, financial control and for this season a solid defensive block built up by coach Mauricio Pellegrino. The Basques slipped in the last game with FC Barcelona (0-6), but before they only leaked two goals in their previous five official meetings. It’s a dangerous team that knows how to manage the tempos in the games and seize rivals’ errors to claim the advantage, just like it happened at the Riazor in the first-leg in Copa Del Rey.

Team news: Winger Édgar Méndez is the only man out for injury reasons, his spot on the right wing should be for Gaizka Toquero. Zouhair Feddal and Victor Laguardia should be picked before Alexis Ruano at the centre of the defence, while Manu Garcia is the partner of Marcos Llorente at midfield.

Man to watch: Striker Deyverson Silva. The Brazilian is the offensive reference at the team and the top scorer (five goals in favour), though he hasn’t netted any goal in 2017 yet after nine presentations (five in liga and four in Copa Del Rey). His last goal was against Real Betis (December 16).

Picked players: (19) Pacheco, Ortolá (goalkeepers); Rodrigo, Alexis Ruano, Laguardia, Theo Hernández, Femenía, Vigaray, Feddal (defenders); Marcos Llorente, Camarasa, Dani Torres, Manu García, Romero (midfielders); Sobrino, Santos, Ibai Gómez, Toquero & Deyverson (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Pacheco – Femenía, Feddal, Laguardia, Theo Hernández – Manu García, Llorente – Toquero, Camarasa, Ibai Gómez – Deyverson.



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