Deportivo La Coruna will make the trip to Andalusia on Saturday evening to take on Sevilla with both sides desperate for the points but for very different reasons.
Sevilla are currently fifth in La Liga on 25 points from their 13 games so far this season. They have been excellent at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with five wins and a draw in their six home league fixtures. Morale should be high among the Sevilla players after a great result last weekend when they came back from 2-0 down against Villarreal to win 3-2. In midweek they got another win, this time a comfortable 4-0 win over Cartagena to secure safe passage to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.
Sevilla will be without their manager Eduardo Berizzo who underwent surgery for prostate cancer in midweek and the team will be led by Ernesto Marcucci on Saturday and he will have to do without Simon Kjaer, Daniel Carrico and Nico Pareja who are all injured.
Deportivo La Coruna are struggling at the wrong end of the La Liga table and currently find themselves in 17th place. As disappointing as Depor have been this season they will come into this game on the back of some positive results. They managed to draw 2-2 with Athletic Bilbao last weekend and followed it up with a 3-2 away win over Las Palmas in the Copa del Rey. Unfortunately for the Galician side that win wasn’t good enough to progress as they had lost the first leg 4-1 but they could certainly take positives from their efforts to get back into the tie.
Cristobal has quite a few selection problems for this game with Bicho, Luisinho, Zakaria Bakkali, Bruno Gama, Gerard Valentin and Costel Pantilimon all ruled out due to injury which won’t help with what was always going to be a difficult task anyway.
Sevilla will be favourites to win this game and rightfully so as the two sides have been on different trajectories this season but Deportivo do have some dangerous players and at their best they could spring a surprise so Marcucci will have to make sure he has his players fired up to earn the three points that will see Sevilla keep the pressure on the top four.