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Struggling Eibar and Deportivo La Coruna set for six pointer

Eibar will host Deportivo La Coruna at midday on Sunday with both sides looking to improve on disappointing starts to this La Liga campaign.

The hosts are currently 18th with just six points from their opening seven games. They have only scored three goals this season, which is tied for the lowest in La Liga, and conceded 17 which is also tied for the worst record in Spain’s top flight. Eibar come into this game in bad form having lost heavily in their last three games, 6-1 to Barcelona, 4-0 to Celta de Vigo and 3-0 to Villarreal and they will be desperate to get some points on the board.

Eibar manager, Jose Luis Mendilibar has a few selection concerns ahead of the visit of Depor. Yoel Rodriguez, Fran Rico, Ivan Alejo and Pedro Leon are all injured and will miss the game. Takashi Inui and Alex Galvez will also miss out and haven’t made the 18 man squad for the game.

In his pre match comments, Mendilibar was keen to emphasise just how important this game could be at the end of the season. He said, “The teams are similar and both need a win to break a bad run of results.” He went onto say that “as long as the game doesn’t end in a draw the winner will be greatly strengthened both in points and morale.”

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Deportivo have fared slightly better than Eibar in the opening months of the season and currently find themselves 15th in La Liga with seven points from their opening seven games. However, the big concern will be that Depor are yet to win away from home and that will be something they will be looking to put right when they run out at Ipurua.

Betis coach, Pepe Mel is under no illusions about how difficult the game will be. He said “Eibar have some misleading numbers. They press a lot, they are good at home, are a strong team and we can’t afford to play them with a slow pace.” Mel went on to say how unwelcome the international break was. “We would have preferred to continue on after winning. It would have been better for us,” he said.

Mel has quite a long list of absentees for this fixture with Pedro Mosquera, Carles Gil, Ruben Martinez, Adrian Lopez, Gerard Valentin and Fabian Schar out injured while Saul Garcia, Bicho and Bruno Gama have been left out of the nineteen man travelling party.

As Mendilibar said in his press conference there probably isn’t a lot between these sides which suggests it could go either way. Both sides will be confident of picking something up with both looking like being bottom half teams in La Liga this season and the Eibar coach was quite right when he said that the winner will find themselves in a strong position with every possibility that there could be less than three points between these sides when the season ends.

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