Deportivo La Coruna - Las Palmas Preview: Eleventh against twelfth in La Liga battle

Deportivo will welcome Las Palmas on Monday at the Estadio Riazor, just the one point separated the clubs from each other in the league. A win for either side could take them to the top half of the table.

Deportivo La Coruna - Las Palmas Preview: Eleventh against twelfth in La Liga battle
Lucas Perez, Deportivo's top goal scorer | Photo: Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images Sport

Last time both clubs met, the game at the Estadio de Gran Canaria ended in a 2-0 defeat for Las Palmas against Deportivo. The away side took a very early lead, which started off by a good run by Lucas Perez who sent the ball into the box and followed up by an own goal by defender David Simon. Deportivo sealed the victory in the final moments of the game, Lucas Perez with a straight forward finish after a unselfish pass from Faycal Fajr. Game ended Las Palmas 0-2 Deportivo La Coruna.


Deportivo have been struggling a lot since the beginning of the year, the side have only picked up two league wins in 2016 so far. The club have the same amount of wins this season compared to Sporting Gijon and Getafe who are in the relegation zone, but Deportivo have been fantastic at not losing the game. They have fewer defeats than Celta Vigo and Athletic Club who are in the top six of the Spanish league. Key player to look out from the Deportivo side is Lucas Perez, the Spaniard has 15 goals and seven assists to his name this season. The attacker also two Man of the Match awards to his names too.

Las Palmas have been on fine form recently, managing five wins out of six. Despite having a poor start to the season, they have picked up vital wins against Valencia and Villarreal in their last few games but lost to third place Real Madrid. Las Palmas have struggled for goals this season, but have managed to pick up the most wins alongside Real Sociedad and Espanyol from the bottom ten. The main man to remember from the Las Palmas side would be attacker Jonathan Viera, the Spaniard has seven league goals and seven assists for Las Palmas this season.

Jonathan Viera celebrating for Las Palmas | Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images Sport
Jonathan Viera celebrating for Las Palmas | Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images Sport

Team News

Victor Sanchez’s side will be expected to carry on playing in their 4-2-3-1 formation, the home side have a few players out due to suspension and injuries. Defenders Alejandro Arribas and Luisinho will miss the game due to suspension, Arribas will be missing the next three games for Deportivo after picking up two yellow cards in his recent game. Fabricio and German Lux are still injured for the club, no news at all for when they will return.

Deportivo’s predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Manu, Juanfran, Sidnei, Lopo, Navarro, Mosquera, Borges, Fajr, Alberto, Cartabia, Perez.

Quique Setien’s side could tweak their formation a bit, mainly due to their injuries, suspension and a few players who are low on fatigue. Top scorer Willian Jose will miss the game due to suspension, the Brazilian forward is the club’s top goal scorer this season. Defender Javier Garrido is set to return to action for the away side, who picked up a knock recently. Hernan and Mubarak Wakaso are a big doubt for Las Palmas, both players could face a late fitness test. Javi Castellano is still the only serious injury for the side.

Las Palmas’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Varas, Garcia, Aythami, Lemos, Castellano, Tana, Roque, Momo, Zhar, Araujo, Viera.

What to expect

The game will definitely be a tight one, but Deportivo should take all three points on Monday night. Las Palmas will not have their top goal scorer Willian Jose available, the Brazilian is out due to a suspension which is a big blow for the away side.

Deportivo to win 3-1 at home against Las Palmas would seem like an ideal result. Important game for both sides in the La Liga.