Squad news


01 Feb 2020
Deportivo want to reaffirm their reaction with a new win hosting a rival with injury problems, but that recovers in-form Juanjo Narváez.

Referee: Álvaro Moreno Aragón
VAR Official: Rubén Ávalos Barrera
Kick-off: 18h15 CET (Riazor)

Deportivo are now the most in-form team in the league after chaining five straight victories. Real Zaragoza are the closest club to the Galicians with 12 points added in the same period. Meanwhile, UD Las Palmas are in a negative period as they have only added four draws within their last six games.

But the Canarians are dangerous playing outside home. They have added 16 points in 12 visits, which is the seventh best mar in the league. Depor were the worst local at the end of 2019, but the latest results have pulled the team to the 14th position 16 points in 12 home meetings, this after three straight victories at the Riazor.

 UD Las Palmas have visited the Riazor in 23 opportunities playing for a league competition. They clinched six wins there, and recently they got good results in A Coruńa after winning twice and adding two draws within the last four visits to Depor.

The five straight victories have allowed Deportivo to leave the drop zone for the first time in four months, it was the goal of Fernando Vázquez when he was signed, and it arrived before anyone expected it, even the most optimistic fans. Now there are many questions regarding what’s the goal of the team.

The coach insists that the only goal remains to be salvation, a logical speech as the team is only two points above demotion. But if the rally of victories is extended, then sooner rather than later the goal will change. So, the result with UD Las Palmas will be an indication if the Blanquiazul outfit should keep dreaming with something more than the permanence.

Team news: David Simón, Christian Santos and Salva Ruiz are the players at the injury room. Winger Hugo Vallejo was picked for the first time, while Uche Agbo, Borja Valle, Vassilios Lampropoulos, Samuele Longo and Borja Galan are out for tactical reasons. The last four had chances to leave on deadline day and that’s why they were left out of the meeting.  Keeper Koke Vegas was released on deadline day, so on Saturday the coach will decide who will be the keeper on the bench.

Man to watch: Striker Sabin Merino. The Basque player is reborn after his move to Depor and will try to chain four straight matches scoring a goal, something that not even Bebeto did during his debut with the Galicians.

Picked players: (17) Dani Giménez (goalkeeper); Eneko Bóveda, Michelle Somma, Javi Montero, Mujaid Sadick, Luiz Ruiz (defenders); Álex Bergantińos, Vicente Gómez, Gaku Shibasaki, Peru Nolaskoain, Ager Aketxe, Emre Çolak, Víctor Mollejo (midfielders) Claudio Beauvue, , Mamadou Koné, Hugo Vallejo & Sabin Merino (attackers)

Predicted lineup: (5-4-1) Dani Giménez – Bóveda, Somma, Mujaid, Montero, Luis Ruiz– Aketxe, Nolaskoain, Gaku Shibasaki, Çolak – Sabin Merino.
UD Las Palmas is a club that remains trusting in their youngsters, for good or for bad. The credibility of president Miguel Ángel Ramírez is at the lowest point among the fans, but he will keep relying in the youngsters from the academy as the team coached by Pepe Mel tries to regain the old pace that put them at the promotion zone early this season.

The Canarians made three winter singings (Fede Varela, Aridai and Tana), but it’s also opening slots for the players from the B squad. On Thursday, Ramírez announced that the spot of centre-back Deivid Rodríguez, who was loaned out at the middle of the week, will be covered by Fabio González, a 22-year-old midfielder that already made 14 appearances on this season. And for the game with Depor, there are five players inscribed as B team members in the roster for the game.

Team news: Attacker Sergio Araujo was loaned to AEK Athens on deadline day. The big news is that striker Juan José Narváez has been cleared to play after suffering a nose fracture at the start of the month. Midfielder Fabio González was expected to start, but he is a last-minute casualty due to illness. Centre-back Martín Mantovani, right-back Álvaro Lemos and striker Aridai Cabrera are out injured, while midfielder Javi Castellano and winger Benito Ramírez are suspended.

Man to watch: Striker Juan José Narváez. The Colombian attacker is now a vital piece for coach Pepe Mel, he has scored five goals this season, and all of them within his last seven appearances. The exits of Jonathan Viera and Araujo have left him as the main card in a team that wants to continue aspiring to promotion. A nose fracture kept him at bay since the first game in 2020 and Mel was wishing to recover him as soon as possible.

Picked players: (18) Josep Martínez, Álvaro Valles (goalkeepers); Mauricio Lemos, Eric Curbelo, Alberto de La Bella, Aythami Artiles, Jesús Fortes (defenders); Fede Varela, Ińigo Ruiz de Galarreta, Kirian Rodríguez, Pedro Tanasú ‘Tana’, Slavoljub Srnić, Josemi Castańeda, Pablo Haro (midfielders); Rubén Castro, Juan José Narváez, Tomáš Pekhart & Pedro González ‘Pedri’ (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Álvaro Valles – Curbelo, Lemos, Aythami, De La Bella – Kirian Rodríguez, Galarreta – Srnić, Tana, Pedri – Narváez.



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