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06 Apr 2018
The last bullet for both Deportivo and Málaga, the Galicians are the only Primera team without victories in 2018 and arrive in the middle of a hurricane. The rival is in a delicate situation, but at least already won in the new year.

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Kick-off: 21h00 CET (Riazor)

96. It’s the number of days that have passed in 2018, and Deportivo remain winless; never before the Galician outfit had taken so long to get its first league victory in a year.  And now they are left alone in the room of teams that haven’t celebrated yet the victory.

Málaga CF conquered a victory on last weekend hosting Villarreal CF (1-0), it cut their winless streak of four months and left Deportivo as the only Primera side without a victory in 2018. Now the Galicians are only one of the two teams that remain winless in the new year among the five big leagues in Europe. The other is Bundesliga’s Hamburger SV (4 draws & 7 defeats in 11 games)

Beyond a key game for the permanence, it looks more like a definition of who will be the infamous club that will end at the last place. Three points separate both teams, and they still to overcome an eight-point difference with Levante UD.

The good news for Deportivo is that Málaga have always suffered in their visits to the Riazor. The Andalusians have visited A Coruña in 14 opportunities and they lost 11 times. Their lonely victory was for the season 2014/15 (0-1).

The game against Málaga CF should be considered as the last train to salvation, but in A Coruña the current state is pessimism. The major part of the fans already assumed the relegation and, instead of seeing an environment with hope, there’s anger.

The Riazor Blues will make a protest before the game for a season they describe as “the worst one in the history o the club”. The federation of peñas will stay out of the protest, but not because they still believe in salvation, but because they prefer to protest until the demotion is consumed. So, the game will be charged with emotions at the stands, and it will surely turn against the local team if they don’t quickly convince the spectators.

Team news: It’s expected that coach Clarence Seedorf is going to repeat the lineup that faced Atlético Madrid, the only novelty is Fernando Navarro replacing suspended Luisinho. Fede Valverde (hamstring) and Celso Borges (groin) are back after receiving the medical okay to play. So, only Cartabia and Eneko Bóveda remain at the injury room. The players out for tactical reasons are Michael Krohn-Dehli, Przemysław Tytoń, Carles Gil and Gerard Valentín.

Man to watch: Striker Lucas Pérez. The Galician attacker is about to complete a full round without scoring a goal. His last goal in liga was at La Rosaleda (November 19). Since then he has played in 17 of the 18 games played by the team and only contributed with three assists. Now Depor need him in what could be the last chance for the salvation.

Picked players: (18) Rubén Martínez, Kóval (goalkeepers); Juanfran, Sidnei, Schär, Albentosa, Navarro (defenders); Muntari, Mosquera, Guilherme, Fede Valverde, Borges, Çolak, Bakkali (midfielders); Adrián, Lucas Pérez, Andone & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Rubén Martínez - Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro - Muntari, Mosquera, Guilherme, Emre Çolak- Lucas, Adrián.

Málaga CF might be three points behind Depor, but it’s one step forward in terms of motivation. They finally broke the negative streak with the victory over Villarreal CF and it’s enough to launch a vague spirit of hope. Now they arrive to A Coruña knowing that a victory will increase their chances while a defeat will be a confirmation of the demotion.

Team news: Defenders Juankar (ankle) and Juanpi (hamstring) are the long-term casualties, while midfielder  Maxime Lestienne (muscle) and attacker Adalberto Peñaranda (hamstring) didn’t surpass the problems that prevented them to train during this week. It’s expected that coach José González is going to repeat the lineup that defeated Villarreal CF on last Sunday.

Man to watch: Striker Diego Rolán. The Uruguayan had a strong start in la liga, but later he got injured and never recovered the same level after his return. He has scored three goals and showed some sparks. The main curiosity is that he is still rumored to land at Depor on next season, so there are expectations to watch him at the Riazor.

Picked players: (18) Roberto, Andrés Prieto (goalkeepers); Ignasi Miquel, Luis Hernández, Ricca, Rosales, Miguel Torres (defenders); Iturra, Adrián González, Prieto, Success, Chory Castro, Keko, Samu García, Lacen (midfielders); Borja Bastón, Alberto Bueno, Diego Rolán & En-Nesyri (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Roberto - Rosales, Luis Hernández, Ignasi Miquel, Miguel Torres – Success, Iturra, Lacen, Chory Castro – Rolán, En-Nesyri



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