Thursday 26 Oct

Dep. La Coruna vs Las Palmas - Match Preview

25 Oct 2017 Ed Mackey SPAIN: Copa del Rey
SPAIN: Copa del Rey

Deportivo La Coruna

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:30 GMT
26 October 2017

Las Palmas UD

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
18:30 GMT 26 October 2017

It isn’t long until the fixture list starts to congest heading into the winter break in La Liga so it is vital that teams get a good run of form going into this hectic period. With plenty of league games, it is easy for teams to be distracted away from the cup competitions but Las Palmas can’t allow that to happen as they travel to A Coruña in the Copa del Rey last 32. The first leg of the two-legged affair is one of five matches in the cup on Thursday night.

STATS

  • Deportivo have had a slow start to the season in the league and while they aren’t in the relegation zone, just two points separate them from the drop zone. The Copa del Rey is a well-respected competition in Spain and it is important that Deportivo see it like this. As they have been introduced at this round, they haven’t beaten anyone in the cup yet this term.
  • After such a great campaign last time out, it has been a stark contrast for Las Palmas after nine matches this season as they find themselves in the bottom three. With a lack of emphasis in the league, it is hard to see they will be able to motivate themselves for a last 32 clash in the cup. Like Deportivo, their first participant in this year’s tournament comes in this round.
  • After his goalscoring heroics for La Coruna last season, it is once again Florine Andone who leads the way as their top scorer. He is joined on two goals by Federico Cartabia and Lucas Perez.
  • It is a familiar name leading the scoring charts for Las Palmas this season. Loic Remy, who made a name for himself in the Premier League, has three goals for the La Liga outfit so far this term.

HEAD TO HEAD

This fixture will be the first time the sides have met in the Copa del Rey but they have met on 12 occasions in the Primera and Segunda divisions. Las Palmas have won just three of these meetings while Deportivo lead with eight wins. The last time the sides faced each other in May last season, Deportivo came out 3-0 winners thanks to a brace from Andone.

DEPORTIVO NEWS

A win for Deportivo could inspire them to do well in this season’s cup competition but they have several injuries worries going into the match. Carles Gil has been ruled out with a groin injury while Adrian and Juan Lamas are set for late fitness tests. Gerard Valentin and Borja Galan will make their way back into the squad.

Latest matches: Deportivo La Coruna

23.10.2017 LaLi Deportivo La Coruna Girona FC 1:2 L
15.10.2017 LaLi SD Eibar Deportivo La Coruna 0:0 D
05.10.2017 Club Deportivo La Coruna Corinthians SP 7:0 W
30.09.2017 LaLi Deportivo La Coruna Getafe CF 2:1 W
24.09.2017 LaLi Espanyol Barcelona Deportivo La Coruna 4:1 L

LAS PALMAS NEWS

Progression to the next round of the Copa del Rey would be a good confidence booster for Las Palmas in the league but they are up against it with some injured key men. Alen Haliliovic and Oussama Tannane definitely won’t feature while Remy is a major doubt. One positive is Sergi Samper’s return to training.

Latest matches: Las Palmas UD

22.10.2017 LaLi Villarreal CF Las Palmas UD 4:0 L
16.10.2017 LaLi Las Palmas UD Celta de Vigo 2:5 L
01.10.2017 LaLi FC Barcelona Las Palmas UD 3:0 L
24.09.2017 LaLi Las Palmas UD CD Leganes 0:2 L
20.09.2017 LaLi Sevilla FC Las Palmas UD 1:0 L

SUMMARY

A cup match between two sides who would much prefer three points in the league doesn’t provide a great spectacle but this could see a goal-fest. There have been nine goals in the last three matches between the sides so this fixture does produce goals. It is Deportivo who are expected to score more in front of their home fans but a fired up Las Palmas side could put up a strong fight.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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