Deportivo vs Malaga: Lineups, Preview and PredictionApril 6, 2018
Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga will go head-to-head on Friday evening in a relegation scrap, where both sides will need three points.
Kick-off time: 20:00 GMT Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Riazor
Both sides are expected to be playing in La Liga 123 next season after dismal form this term, but with neither side being mathematically down – a win is a must on Friday evening.
With only 37 between them this season, neither side has been able to secure a decent run, despite Depor having installed Clarence Seedorf as boss.
Depor sit three points ahead of Malaga but need to close the gap on the safety places – sitting five points from Levante, who are in 17th.
Their biggest problem however, is that – they are yet to win in their least 15 games in the league.
Whilst Malaga were shock winners over Villarreal last weekend, it remains to be seen if they can mount a decent relegation survival bid.
80% of Malaga’s away matches this term in La Liga have ended in defeat, meaning they have the worst away record in the league.
Luisinho is suspended for the home side, who misses out at left-back. Fernando Navarro returns from a ban and will slot into the back four in Luisinho’s place. Emre Colak should continue in the team, with Adrian Lopez and Lucas Perez figuring up top.
Miguel Torres should continue at left-back for the home side, with Federico Ricca slowly returning from injury. Recio is still a doubt with a knee problem, with Manuel Iturra and Mehdi Lacen continuing in central midfield. Isaac Success is expected to be preferred to Samu Garcia on the right-hand side of the attack.
Deportivo: Martinez, Juanfran, Sidnei, Albentosa, Navarro, Muntari, Mosquera, Guilherme, Colak, Perez, Lopez
Malaga: Roberto, Rosales, Hernandez, Miquel, Torres, Success, Lacen, Uturra, Castro, En-Nesyri, Rolan
It will be nervous, cagey and unpredictable – but we expect their to be no goals in this one.