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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Deportivo fancied to pip Sevilla in high-scoring clash

Riazor showdown should be action-packed

On-loan striker Adrian Lopez has scored four goals in Deportivo’s last two matches
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La Liga
6.30pm Tuesday

Expect no backing off from either team at the Riazor, where goals are definitely on the cards.

And expect Deportivo to get up given that Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella has problems up front and is promising changes elsewhere.

Sevilla head north having suffered a six-game winless run, a sequence that isn't quite as bad as it looks given that two of those games were against Bayern Munich.

But they cannot keep a clean sheet for love nor money and are understandably starting to fade considering they've already played 52 matches this season.

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Montella has seen that and needs to ensure his team are at their freshest for Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona.

Top scorer Luis Muriel is injured, his sometime partner Wissam Ben Yedder suspended, and others will be given a breather before the final.

That plays into the hands of Deportivo, who have suddenly sprung to life in their relegation plight.

There have been signs of improve­ment under Clarence Seedorf, who was appointed in February – it's just that the results weren't always there.

Now, however, back-to-back 3-2 wins over Malaga and Athletic have filled them with self-belief.

Deportivo cannot let off the gas in their quest to catch Levante, while Sevilla also need to be positive in pursuit of a top-six finish. They have dropped to seventh place.

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Back-to-back 3-2 wins over Malaga and Athletic Bilbao have filled Deportivo with self-belief
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