Welcome to our live coverage of Deportivo del Coruña vs Alavés bringing you all of the action as it happens from Riazor as LaLiga Santander enters Week 23. Kick-off: 18:30 (CET) in A Coruña.
Preview: Deportivo vs Alavés: LaLiga Santander Week 23
Deportivo welcome Alavés to Riazor hoping to turn recent fortunes around. The Galicians have yet to win in 2017, having drawn their first three outings of the New Year and losing the two most recent games against Eibar and Athletic Club. While Gaizka Garitano’s side do have a game in hand (the postponed Betis meeting), they are hovering just three points above the drop zone on 19 points and are in need of a win. Alavés have fared slightly better having held Atlético de Madrid to a 0-0 draw a fortnight ago but their confidence took a knock after last week’s 0-6 hiding to Barcelona.
The Galicians will be seeking revenge for being dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Alavés at the Last 16 stage – the leg played at Riazor ended 2-2 and the return ended level
Coach Gaizka Garitano has no selection worries – just one player ruled out through injury - third choice keeper Davy Roef, who hasn’t managed to shake off a sprained ankle. However the coach could make changes to the side which lost 2-1 last weekend to Athletic Club. In the back four, Alejandro Arribas could make his return. The coach also has right winger Bruno Gama available again although he was left out of the trip to Bilbao.
Player to watch: Florin Andone. The Romanian has been very impressive and that has been reflected in his figures – with six goals, he’s the team’s leading scorer and always presents a danger.
To their credit Mauricio Pellegrino’s team have been performing extremely well on the road, having won four and lost four on their travels. The most striking statistic is their stingy defensive figures – just 12 goals conceded in away trips to date – to put that into context, it’s averaging just over a goal a game and only one more than Barcelona have conceded.
Like his opposite number today, Pellegrino has practically a full squad to pick his XI. Only Edgar Méndez, who is nursing a microtear to his left hamstring, is unavailable.
Player to watch: Deyverson. Whenever the Brazilian is lurking in the box opponents need to be on their toes. A player who can score from nothing, and who has racked up five already this term.