Las Palmas vs Deportivo by Jimeno
Las Palmas is doing fine in recent weeks as the team performes generally well in front of own fans, while they even managed to surprise Atletico Madrid and take away victory against them in Cop del Rey, which was surely morale boosting, but the team still suffered exclusion from it.
However, the team couldn't do much more in a 5:0 defeat away to Barcelona in previous LaLiga game last Saturday evening. Hosts were simply way more dominant side and the visitors looked way to passive, as the home team took the lead in 14th minute via Suarez, while they scored four more in the second halftime. They had a great entrance into the repetition, scoring goals via Messi in 52nd, Suarez 57th and Turan two minutes later, while Vidal sealed the victory in 80th minute. Las Palmas remained in the middle of the table with twenty-four points earned, which is seven less than Europa League places, but also twelve more than relegation placed sides which surely gives them a lot of positivity around the club.
Hosts will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Tana and Zhar as wingers, plus talented Livaja as central striker. Defender Pedro Bigas and midfielder Dani Castellano are both in contention to start after suffering fro long term injuries. Suspended is offensive midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng (13/5) for this one, while injured remains defender David Garcia, long term one without playing so far in LaLiga.
Deportivo La Coruna, on the other side, comes from a goalless draw at home against Villarreal in a game also played on previous Saturday evening. The game itself was pretty defensive one, but it must be said that despite more of the ball possession on Villarreal's side, there's no doubt that the players of Deportivo were a bit more concrete in creating chances.
Still, it wasn't good enough for the home team to change the scoreline, as they remained undefeated for six consecutive official matches, three in LaLiga. Most of these were draws, as the team currently stands at fifteenth position at the table, which is six points more than relegating worried Gijon. Away from home, the team has only four draws and five defeats, probably not counting on much against good hosts like Las Palmas is.
Visitors from La Coruna are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Andone as their central striker, while Moreno, Luisinho and Colak will be set as offensive midfielders. Right back Juanfran is back from suspension, while injured remains offensive midfielders Carles Gil (7/0) and Bruno Gama (13/0). Another offensive midfielder, Faycal Fajr (11/0) is at African Cup of Nations.
- Las Palmas have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 home matches against Deportivo.
Las Palmas will be looking to get back on the winning track here and the team isn't having that much of a problem ahead of themselves in my eyes. They are undefeated in last thirteen matches at home and should be able to overcome the opponent here easy or hard.