Depor and Valencia ready for Supercopa battle
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The traditional season opener has whetted the appetites of the Spanish public, especially in Coruna, although it is unlikely that the 34,000 seater Riazor will be full.
Both teams go into the game beset by injuries. For Depor they will be missing the likes of Donato and Diego Tristan, whereas Valencia will be without Miroslav Djukic, David Albelda, Kily Gonzalez and Mista.
Depor coach Javier Irureta will be able to give Jorge Andrade his official debut, whilst Roy Makaay (pictured), the subject of many transfer rumours will start as the main striker with Tristan out.
Santiago Canizares's injury that saw him miss out on the World Cup has given way to a debate as to whether or not he should be the number one keeper, with Andres Palop his main challenger.
Roberto Ayala will lead Valencia's stoic back line, having stayed in Spain despite constant links to England. Ruben Baraja will be on the bench for the league holders having overcome his own injury problems.
The encounter on Sunday is just the first leg of the final, with the second on August 25 at Mestalla in Valencia, as Depor go looking for their third Supercopa title, their opponents having a solitary win to their names.