Deportivo La Coruña and Espanyol face in the Municipal Stadium of Riazor, in a match for the 25 th round of the First Division. Espanyol won at home (4-1) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 09-24-2017. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. But the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, in 07- 05-2017, for the First Division, Espanyol won by (1-2). F. Andone (47 ‘) scored the goals of the game, for Deportivo La Coruña, and Léo Baptistão (14’) and Gerard Moreno (29 ‘), for Espanyol. the Espanyol presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so that in this game the home factor may be decisive.
Deportivo La Coruña:
After 4 wins, 5 draws and 15 losses, the home team is currently in the 19th position, with 17 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Deportivo Alavés by (1-0), after in the previous match they have lost (0-1) at home, against Real Betis. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches for the championship Deportivo La Coruña won 3, drew 2 and lost 5, for which they won 11 points out of 30 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for goals, since 8 of the last 12 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: it only opened the scoring in 5 of its last 24 matches for the First Division, of these 5 it reached the break in advantage in 4 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 2. In 24 matches in the competition, suffered the first goal 18 times and only got 2 comebacks.
Deportivo La Coruña is going through a very critical phase in the Spanish championship, taking into account that it has not won for nine games and now comes from three consecutive defeats, a period in which no goal was scored. On the last day, he failed to create a good volume of goal opportunities, having finished almost three times less than the opponent and was thus defeated by Alavés away from home. Although he has suffered only one goal in each of the last two games, his defense is still the worst in the competition, with an average of 2.20 goals per game. Playing at home, the club owns the second worst campaign, having won only 11 of the 36 points it played. The 4-2-3-1 has been the tactical scheme adopted by the coach, which will probably keep López as a reference in the creative sector.
The away team is currently in the 16 th position of the league, with 27 points won, after 6 wins, 9 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Celta de Vigo, by (2-2). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Villarreal by (1-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 6 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 12 goals scored and 24 conceded; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 15 conceded. For the league, Espanyol won 7 points out of 30 possible points, after 1 win, 4 draws and 5 losses in the last 10 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 24 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 11 times and never got the comeback.
Espanyol, as well as its adversary, does not live a good time this season, since it has not won six games, but at least it comes from three consecutive draws, having balanced the adversary network in all of them. In his last match, he played a very balanced game against Villarreal and even having finished almost twice as many times as the opponent, he won only one draw at home, already in the last minutes of the second half. On the last day, the offensive sector has been one of the team’s biggest problems, as it failed to score zero on nine occasions and is now among the six weakest in the competition, with the least to end in the championship . As a visitor, Espanyol won only 8 of the 33 points played and in that condition scored 10 goals in 11 games. The 4-4-2 is the most used tactical training by the coach, which should not have important absences for this duel.
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