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03 Nov 2018
Depor is ready to repeat the lineup and searches to reaffirm his solid moment in la liga, the rival is getting the results despite not having the ball possession.

Referee: César Soto Grado
Kick-off: 20h30 CET (Estadio de Gran Canaria)

Deportivo is the most in-form team in the league after adding 14 of the last 18 points in dispute, the Galicians are also the best scorer (18, tied with Granada CF) and the third best defence (8, Málaga CF and AD Alcorcón have allowed 6 goals).

Meanwhile, UD Las Palmas is passing through a low moment after a strong start winning four of the first six games, because later they only won once within the last five matchdays. Still, the Canarians remain in the promotion zone and have strong stats, like been one of the nine clubs that remain undefeated at home. After six home meetings they won four times and only drew twice.

Deportivo always suffered visiting the old Insular stadium, but things changed when UD Las Palmas moving into the Estadio de Gran Canaria in 2003. And it’s that after four games played there Los Blanquiazules won three times and drew in the remaining match.

Coach Natxo González is ready to repeat the lineup after the victory over FC Reus; Pablo Mari is returning, but Michelle Somma will keep playing at the centre of the defence, while Pedro Sánchez will stay in the playmaking function after his solid game at the Riazor. It’s only the second time on the season with the coach repeating the same starting eleven in back-to-back games.

Team news: Pablo Mari returns from his suspension and was included in the roster for the game. Fede Cartabia passed the physical test on Friday, but wasn’t considered for the match. The players at the injury room are Sebastián Dubarbier and Michael Krohn-Dehli. Borja Valle is suspended, while Gerard Valentín an Eneko Bóveda are out for tactical reasons.

Man to watch: Striker Quique González. The Valladolid-born attacker has reduced the pace after the suspension, because he only scored once in October after netting five goals in September. But Quique remains as one of the top-scorers at Segunda an, together with Málaga’s Blanco Leschuck, is the player that has contributed with more points with his goals (8). Also to have in mind that 6 of his 7 goals scored thi season cam with Depor playing on the road.

Picked players: (18) Dani Giménez, Adrián Ortolá (goalkeepers); David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Michele Somma, Pablo Mari, Saúl García, Diego Caballo (defenders); Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños, Pedro Mosquera, Vicente Gómez, Pedro Sánchez, Didier Moreno, Carles Gil (midfielders); Quique González, Carlos Fernández & Christian Santos (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (4-3-1-2) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Somma, Domingos Duarte, Caballo – Álex Bergantiños, Vicente Gómez, Edu Expósito – Pedro Sánchez – Quique González, Carlos Fernández.

UD Las Palmas, together with the other two relegated teams from Primera, is among the main favourites to end among the first two places, and the Canarians are in the fight with a decent start to the season. But still, the fans and the media aren’t convinced with the performance of the team.

And it’s that coach Manolo Giménez has built up a defensive scheme that’s solid and that later feels more comfortable giving the ball possession to the rival. They didn’t lose any of the four games in which the rival had a better ball possession (Reus, Albacete, Extremadura & Numancia), while they only won two of the games in which they had the ball more time (Málaga & Nástic).

The team has been criticized for this reason as their fans have always liked to watch a team practicing attractive football. The players have admitted that they aren’t matching this standard. Just this week De La Bella was saying that Depor is the team that plays better in this league, and Roque Mesa that Depor is “a team built up to conquer the promotion”. Meanwhile Manolo Giménez has responded that he prefers “a vertical possession instead of fake possession” to define the games.

Team news: Centre-back David García is out of the game after not passing a test on Thursday due to a hamstring problem. Momo and Gaby Peñalba are the other two players out for injury reasons, both with a knee problem.

Man to watch: Striker Rubén Castro. One of the top-scorers in the league with seven goals so far. Truly he was more effective at the start of the league netting five goals within the first four matchdays, but he cannot be despised and is coming after scoring against RCD Mallorca. Rubén is a facing a former club against whom he has scored two goals in six meetings.

Picked players: Roster to be released on Saturday

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Raúl Fernández – Álvaro Lemos, Deivid, Cala, De La Bella – Mesa, Timor, Javi Castellano, Araujo – Rafa Mir, Rubén Castro.




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