Deportivo vs Barcelona by Jimeno
Deportivo La Coruna was aiming for all three points last time out, but the team managed to get only a point in a home 1:1 game against Betis last Wednesday evening. They had more of the ball possession and more of chances created, but at the same time could feel satisfied with a point taken since the team leveled up the result in last moments of the game.
Players of Deportivo were slightly better during the whole game, but the visitors took the lead against the flow of the match with a goal from Piccini in 70th minute, while the hosts leveled it up from a penalty kick in third minute of additional time scored by Borges. It was third consecutive match without defeat for Deportivo, as they previously won over Gijon and drew to Atletico Madrid, staying currently at seventeenth position with five points more than relegation worried Granada.
Deportivo should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation, with Joselu as central striker plus Gil, Colak and Fajr as offensive midfielders. Midfielder Pedro Mosquera (19/2) and forward Florin Andone (26/8) are suspended. Midfielders Guilherma dos Santos (21/0), Gael Kakuta (5/0) and central defender Sidnei (23/1) are doubtful for this game.
Barcelona, on the other side, had an easy game last Saturday evening when the team welcomed Cela Vigo and cruised to a comfortable 5:0 victory. Messi opened the scoreline in 24th minute, but Neymar doubled up the lead just before the halftime whistle, while the game was just much more easier for the home team in the second halftime.
Rakitic, Umtiti and Messi scored a goal each in the second halftime for the final 5:0 result, leaving players of Celta to a really defensive and conservative style to all ninety minutes. Barcelona is now leading the table with a point more than Real, but also with a game more played which means they remain in a must win situation. During the midweek the side won over PSG 6:1 in front of own fans, scoring three goals in last minutes and making sensational revert after losign the first leg with four goals difference.
Visitors from Barcelona should be playing in 4-3-3 formation their usual, with Neymar, Messi and Suarez as forwards. Andre Gomes could replace Ivan Rakitic in hte midfield, with Arda Turan also pushing for a start. Injured is right defender Aleix Vidal (6/2), same as central defender Jeremy Mathieu (11/1) who didn't play much so far.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona's last 6 games (La Liga).
Deportivo are undefeated since coach Pepe Mel took them over, but I expect Barcelona to get a three pointer here. At the same time, goals are more than expected since Deportivo knows that they can't just defend and wait to see what will happen, while Barcelona has plenty of quality in attack and should have a great performance after morale boosting one last Wednesday evening.