Deportivo host Las Palmas tomorrow (12 pm GMT) in the Abanca-Riazor stadium in what could turn out to be the golden ticket to avoid relegation this season.
This match is considered a final for both teams and a win could be the lifeline they desperately need, especially after Levante managed a win against Getafe last weekend.
Currently, Dépor and Las Palmas are 19th and 18th in the league respectively. Although a win for either of the sides won’t see them out of the relegation zone; it would take them closer to Levante who are currently on 24 points.
Clarence Seedorf’s men haven’t won in three months and have only managed to collect four points in that time. Despite this, Seedorf insists his team have improved since his arrival, during an interview with radio programme Galicia en Goles yesterday, the former Real Madrid player said,
“Without disrespecting the previous managers, previously the team suffered every time rivals attacked, now we have more stability”.
Seedorf is confident Dépor can turn this around and avoid relegation once again. Dépor beat Las Palmas twice already this season (in the league and second leg of the Copa del Rey).
Meanwhile, Las Palmas’ last win was 1-0 against Málaga last month. During the pre-match press conference, Paco Jémez spoke about how this is “a very important game,” but that whatever the outcome nothing is set in stone:
“Whoever wins isn’t safe and whoever loses isn’t doomed”.
Jémez played for Deportivo for five seasons during the 90’s which is why he regrets both team’s situations.
“It’s a shame but one of the two teams could go down, it’s just how the competition works”.
Guilherme and Michael Krohn-Dehli return from injury while Luisinho, Fede Cartabia, Fede Valverde and Eneko Bóveda will miss the match through injury.
Paco Jémez, on the other hand, has travelled to A Coruña with his whole squad, except for Emenike and Bigas who are injured.
Deportivo: Rubén; Juanfran, Raúl Albentosa, Sidnei, Fernando Navarro; Muntari, Guilherme, Emre Çolak, Adrián López; Lucas Pérez and Florin Andone.
Las Palmas: Chichizola; Míchel, Ximo Navarro, David García, Aguirregaray; Aquilani, Vicente; Halilovic, Momo, Tana; and Calleri.