Deportivo La Coruna boss Clarence Seedorf is expecting Sevilla to be at their best on Tuesday evening as the Andalusian’s chase the Europa League places.
A win for Seedorf’s side would seal their third win in as many games, but Vincenzo Montella’s side are chasing the European places and will need three points.
The former AC Milan boss took charge at the Andalusian club in December and has since guided them to a Copa del Rey final and the quarter-finals of the Champions League, narrowly losing to Bayern Munich last week.
However, despite his heroics, which included a famous win at Old Trafford over Manchester United – Montella has been linked with an exit after poor form in La Liga.
Despite a poor start to life in Galicia for former Real Madrid player Seedorf – Depor have been slowly improving and it is the Dutchman’s patience which has payed off.
But, Seedorf expects their opponents on Tuesday to be at their very best after a poor run of form.
“I expect a Sevilla to be at their best because when you play in a final, it is always better to win the game before,” Seedorf told reporters.
“We have won two matches in a row but we are calm, nobody is getting ahead of themselves and we now are focused solely on Sevilla, who will come to win.
“The gap between our games is too small, it is not good to be playing twice in the space of 72 hours because footballers need to be in a position to recover.
“On the other hand, we must prepare fully tactically and ensure we have the best possible chance of winning.”
Guilherme returns from suspension in midfield. Top scorer Adrian Lopez has a slight knock but is still expected to start.
Striker Wissam Ben Yedder is suspended so Luis Muriel should lead the line. Centre-back Simon Kjaer is a doubt for Sevilla who may rotate again with the Copa del Rey final in mind.