Probable starting lineups:
Deportivo La Coruna:
Uzoho, Juanfran, Sidnei, Schar, Luisinho, Borges, Guilherme, Valverde, Colak, Cartabia, Perez
Iraizoz, Espinosa, Ramalho, Juanpe, Mojica, Pons, Granell, Maffeo, García, Kayode, Portu
Deportivo La Coruna have eight points after the first eight rounds of La Liga and sit close to the relegation zone. The atmosphere in the club is poor, while the fans are disappointed. Coach Pepe Mel is under pressure that will surely increase if his men failed to beat Girona. However, there are some positive sights. First of all, the home form. Depor picked up back-to-back wins in last two outings at Stadium Riazor. The Galicians won 1:0 against Deportivo Alaves and won 2:1 against Getafe. Last weekend's goalless draw with Eibar on road is also a positive result. I believe the players confidence is higher after the last matches. Deportivo managed to collect seven of the possible twelve points on the last four rounds. Pepe Mel has to decide about the man who will lead attack on this match. His main decision is whether to start Florin Andone or Lucas Perez as they both scored in the victory over Getafe. The situation with the goalkeeping position is also interesting - four keepers (Uzoho, Pantilimon, Tytori, Ruben) found themselves between the posts in the first eight rounds. I expect Francis Uzoho to start again after keeping a clean sheet on his La Liga debut against Eibar. Ruben Martínez and Carles Gil are sidelined due to injury.
Girona started their La Liga campaign with a great 2:2 draw with Atletico Madrid. Not to mention that few days earlier they beat Pep Guardiola's Manchester City with 1:0. However, they failed to continue that way and the overall record is bad. The Catalans have collected just six points from the first eight rounds and only two teams (Alaves and Malaga) have the worse record. The situation looks critical and coach Pablo Machin, who lead the team from March 2014, is under big pressure at the moment. Even more, Girona are winless in the last six games in Primera having lost four of them. Last weekend they lost 2:1 at home from Villarreal, while three days later suffered a painful elimination from Copa Catalunya after lost on penalties by Llagostera Costa Brava. It is clear the players confidence is low, but coach Machin has some additional issues as the key player Christian Stuani is suspended. The former Middlesbrough forward has scored more than half of Girona’s 7 goals in Primera Division. It is clear his absence is a huge handicap.
Deportivo La Coruna vs Girona Prediction:
Deportivo La Coruna are closer to the victory. They have improved the home form and managed to obtain two wins on the last two matches at Riazor. Girona are out of form and they will be without best scorer Stuani due to suspension. Deportivo La Coruna should win this match.
Deportivo La Coruna vs Girona Pick: Home win