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  • Depor win ;)

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  • Draw :(

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  • Real win :depress:

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Totally unpredictable

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sorry but this game has lost all it luster, I voted unpredictable since not sure who Real will be fielding, actually I would have to say the edge belongs to Deport!

lets not have any injuries so that our international players will be healthy for the WC and Real players healthy for the Champions league final
 

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That's the difference CHE. To Deportivo this match IS important:
- to avoid pre-rounds in August (with it having better chances of winning the Supercopa in August)
- the glory of finishing above Real Madrid in the table
- to keep intact the record against Madrid (10 years without losing or so).

greetings
 

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I think Real will be careful to go to Glasgow with all possible forces. They need to win something and a CL victory + 3rd place in La Liga would be perfect for them. So, I'm expecting these guys like Raul Bravo, Portillo and Flavio Conceicao to play. However, they are far from easy to beat with our inconsistent form. I voted for a loss because the team forget their abilities lately especially against a big opponent as soon as they feel some pressure of having the advantage. Real are underdogs who take advantage of it for sure.
 

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Probably Depor won't have Tristan who is injured and Victor Sanchez is doubtful too. We all know Makaay's recent finishing :rolleyes: If they are both out, I'd put Makaay on the right wing and Pandiani as striker. Makaay is good as winger, doesn't matter that he doesn't like the position ;).
 

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this is the game preview from soccerage...

Liga Preview: Deportivo-Real Madrid
Deportivo - Real Madrid | News Archive

MaKaay will play alone up-front for Depor (Allsport)
05/09/2002. BACKGROUND

The championship may already have gone but this clash between two of La Liga's real heavyweights is always a mouth-watering prospect. The fact that the winner qualifies automatically for the Champions League should ensure a spectacle of the highest order. With their one point lead, a draw would suit Real but should they lose on the road for a third straight game in La Liga, Depor would qualify automatically for European football's premier club competition.

Deportivo have impressed once again in the final third this season and have also found a new defensive durability which they were desperately lacking last season. However, the damage was done in the middle of the season when they returned to their bad old ways of conceding sloppy goals and were beaten at Rayo Vallecano, Tenerife, Mallorca and Espanyol.

Depor's style this season has been to start each half at great pace with the hope of catching the opposition cold. It's worked on many occasions, most notably against Arsenal in the 2-0 Champions League win at the Riazor. However, for all Javier Irureta's sumptuously skilled performers, he hardly boasts the best athletes in the league and when the likes of Diego Tristan, Juan Valeron and Fran tire, the opposition inevitably get their chance to play ball. The Galicians will once again look to kill the game off early against a depleted Real side.

The Merengues' hopes of retaining their title ended last week when they were held to a 0-0 draw by relegation strugglers Tenerife. Guti was once again the villain of the piece, missing a glorious first-half chance when hitting the bar close-range.

Lets not blame Guti for all of Real's problems though. In recent weeks they have looked vulnerable at the back and not nearly as fluent in attack. Barcelona were much the better side over the two legs of the recent Champions League semi-final and had lady luck been on their side, Real may be looking at the prospect of a trophy-less season. As it is, they still have that final against Bayer Leverkusen to look forward to- a must-win game if their season isn't to be written off by press and fans alike as a failure.

Simply because Real haven't retained their title, it doesn't mean that president Fiorentino Perez needs to go crazy in the transfer market once again. While a world-class striker, a centre-back and an all-round midfielder wouldn't go amiss, the rest of the squad looks well equipped to challenge for honours next season.

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Deportivo Last Six Matches: WLWLDW

The 1-0 defeat to Valencia was a telling blow and all but ended their title hopes. The 2-2 draw with Malaga made it official that Depor weren't to win La Liga, but they came back strongly against Betis last week and secured an excellent 3-0 win against a side who'd been beaten just once in their last 17 matches.

Real Madrid Last Six Matches: LWWLDD

The Merengues' feeble away defeats to Osasuna and Real Sociedad are the real reason why Vicente Del Bosque's side won't be retaining the Liga crown. In the last two home matches, they have also failed to convince, drawing 1-1 with Barcelona and 0-0 with Mallorca.

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Deportivo- Diego Tristan picked up a knock at Betis and will be replaced by Roy Makaay in the starting line-up. Manuel Pablo, Donato, Hélder and Jose Manuel are all out injured, while defender Goran Djorovic has also been added to the list of absentees. Aldo Duscher and Emerson are also on the sidelines. Irureta must decide whether to play Lionel Scaloni or Victor. Enrique Romero will replace Joan Capdevila.

PL- 4-2-3-1- Molina, Héctor, César, Naybet, Romero, Sergio, Mauro Silva, Scaloni or Víctor, Valerón, Fran, Makaay

Real- Raul and Claude Makelele are both injured and won't feature, while Luis Figo is rested with next Wednesday's European Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in mind. Savio and Ivan Campo are also out. Francisco Pavon will replace the supended Ivan Helguera in central-defence, while Steve McManaman should keep his place in the side.

PL- 4-2-3-1- César, Michel Salgado, Hierro, Pavón, Roberto Carlos, Flavio, Solari, McManaman, Guti, Zidane, Morientes

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Juan Valeron (Deportivo)- the Spanish international has enjoyed the best season of his career and can now look forward to a World Cup with the national side. His range of passing, superb dribbling and ice-cool finish have made him a candidate for Player of the Season in La Liga.

Santiago Solari (Real Madrid)- the technically gifted Argentine has surprised everyone in this second-half of the season. His performances have made his signing from neighbours Atletico look a snip and he now commands a regular first-team place thanks to a number of injuries in the midfield area.
 

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Re: this is the game preview from soccerage...

Carson35 said:
Irureta must decide whether to play Lionel Scaloni or Victor.
Well, if Victor is slightly injured, we should play Scaloni but if they're both in 100% condition before the match then it'll be an easy decision- Victor for sure. Victor has definitely better abilities with the ball, crosses nicely and even in this recent drop of form is our no 1 right winger :strong:. What's more, Scaloni might have difficulties in the right winger role now, having played all season as right-back. He needs some matches to start feeling confident on the right wing again and practice but that can't happen in this crucial match.
 
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