Preview - Deportivo La Coruna vs Sevilla 18 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Deportivo La Coruna vs Sevilla
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
02:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadio Riazor

Deportivo La Coruna: 
Last five matches form: L D L W W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 2.03
Top Scorer: Adrián López (9)

Last five matches form: D L L D D
Average goals per match: 1.28
Average goals against per match: 1.63
Top Scorer: Luis Muriel (7)

 This is a big one at the Riazor as home side Deportivo La Coruna welcome Sevilla to town.

For Deportivo the goal is to keep their improbable escape from the brink alive. Two wins on the spin have taken them from an impossible position to now at least having a shot at survival. They are however still five points adrift with only six games remaining. Eneko Bóveda and Sulley Muntari miss out here, but it is hoped Adrián Lopez will play through the pain barrier in these desperate times.

Sevilla meanwhile are bidding to arrest a recent slump which has seen them drop out of the European positions. Still seventh and only one point behind Villareal who occupy the final Europa League spot, all is not yet lost for Sevilla, but a run of no wins in five in La Liga needs improving upon, and quickly. Key player Wissam Ben Yedder is missing through suspension, whilst Simon Kjaer is struggling to make it on time. Luis Muriel is expected to return up front though.

Back to back 3-2 triumphs over Malaga and Athletic Bilbao should have the Riazor jumping here and with Sevilla struggling in the League a little of late, we can see the home side keeping up the momentum with another win.

Prediction: Deportivo La Coruna 2 - 1 Sevilla


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 22 - 24
Shots on target: 6 - 7
Corner Kicks: 7 - 9
Possession: 37% - 63%

Deportivo kept out of trouble throughout here, with Sevilla's Ever Banega and Miguel Layun the only players to make their way into referee David Medie's notebook.

0-0 certainly doesn't tell the full story here. There have been any number of five goal contests that haven't recorded quite so many total shots as this. A total of 46 efforts being registered in the game without a single one finding the back of the net.

The home side had keeper Rubén Martínez to thank at times, as he was a man who simply would not be passed in a man of the match display, excelling in one on confrontations when racing out and making himself big a la Peter Schmeichel.

It was Depor who came closest to winning it though in the 86th minute though. Celso Borgas's initial effort from the edge of the area being blocked, but when the ball came back out to him he smashed in another attempt which rattled back off the post.

Not the win which would have brought them right back into contention, but this point against a talented Sevilla side keeps the positive momentum going for Deportivo, who now look to have the right mindset to give survival a real push. They do still sit third bottom though and four points adrift of safety with just five games remaining. Unfortunately for them, fourth bottom Levante have rock bottom Malaga at home tomorrow night.

Sevilla miss this opportunity to make up significant ground on the top six. Three points behind Villarreal with games running out, the odds are now against them making it into the Europa League next term. It's not quite over yet, but that would be a big blow for a side who played Champions League football this year.

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