Deportivo have gone 12 La Liga matches without a win and with coach Clarence Seedorf still awaiting his first victory, Friday night’s opposition Girona offer no respite.
The hosts head into the clash in great fettle having achieved 15 points from a possible 18.
Other than a slight blip against leaders and rivals Barcelona where Pablo Machin’s side were succumbed to a 6-1 defeat they have been this season’s surprise package.
Five wins in their last five home matches and managing to keep clean sheets in every single one has put the Catalan club in contention with a Europa League place.
They welcome a side who have struggled to escape the labours of a relegation dogfight and the odds are stacked against the visitors.
Without managing to score in five of their last seven away matches in La Liga and with Maksym Koval being sent off on his debut, the 19th place side have more problems than solutions.
Yet Seedorf can gain some comfort as Pedro Mosquera returns from his own ban and should feature in the midfield, while Raul Albentos and Sidnei are expected to be the centre-back pairing.
Machin is predicted to name an unchange side from the team that has won three of their last four league games.
Aday Benitez is back available but is likely to be kept out of the starting eleven and the defence trio of Juanpe, Bernardo and Ramalho should remain untouched after some good displays.
Kickoff: Friday March 9th 20:00 GMT
Girona: Bono, Ramalho, Juanpe, Espinosa, Mojica, Granell, Pons, Maffeo, Garcia, Stuani, Portu.
Deportivo: Martinez, Navarro, Albentosa, Sidnei, Boveda, Muntari, Mosquera, Borges, Lopez, Andone, Perez.