Las Palmas vs. Deportivo / La Liga – The host is in the middle of the table, the guests are in the lower part, but the difference between these teams is very large. Las Palmas does not have to fear for survival, because they have as many as 12 points over this zone and this season they have not yet fallen into the bottom of the table, while they provided strong resistance to the favoured Atletico in the Cup. Deportivo has only four points more than the relegation zone and of course they are not safe by any chance, and they will hardly be if they do not any time soon start winning instead of playing draws. They have a series of six matches without defeat in all competitions, but they have even four draws, which is why they were eliminated from the Cup. Las Palmas is playing changeable in recent years, with the proviso that they in the last round lost at Nou Camp. Last season, Deportivo has celebrated away with 2-0, but then Las Palmas responded in La Coruna with 3-1. Begins: 20.01.2017. – 20:45 CET
Las Palmas is playing quite good this season and they were especially good at the very beginning, but they are not any worse now. They have honourably said goodbye to the Cup, because they played against Atletico Madrid after they were defeated with 2-0 at home, they have managed to fight back in Madrid with 3-2 and thus got eliminated. It is interesting that they still have no home defeats in the championship and even the leader Real had to settle for a draw there. Las Palmas also has only one triumph away in the championship, which was achieved in the first round against Valencia.
Almost all of their defeats recently happened against some very strong teams, excluding Betis, where they failed and ended with 2-0. They were a tough nut for Atletico in the championship and they ended that match with 1-0, while in Barcelona in the last round they were completely outplayed with 5-0. They were solid in the first half, but they fell apart at the beginning of the second. They were thrown out of rhythm when their center-back D.Garcia left the match early due to injury, while Bigas is absent from before. Now they are also having big problems in the last line due to injuries, while the offensive player Boateng is suspended.
Probable lineups Las Palmas: J.Varas – Macedo, Artiles, Lemos(Bigas), H.Lopes – Mesa, Gomez, Viera – El-Zhar, Tana, Livaja
Deprotivo is in the series of unsolved results and some of those draws are not even bad, while those two in the Cup have cost them the elimination. They played against Alaves and received one goal more at home than they scored away, so they were eliminated from this competition. They played two draws in the championship after a short winter break and it can be said that both draws are good, considering that the first was played against Espanyol 1-1, and the second last weekend against the strong Villarreal at home. There were no goals in that duel, although it was an opportunity.
Coach Garitano is having lot of problems due to absence of players and after a good draw with Espanyol, he was forced to make a number of changes. Juanfran was absent due to a red card, and Bruno Gama due to injury. They are still not ready to perform, just like Borja Valle and Gila, while Fajr is at the African Cup of Nations. After the departure of Babel, they brought two reinforcements, Kakuta and Ola John, but it is probably still too early for their performance.
Probable lineups Deportivo: Tyton – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, F.Navarro – Guilherme, Borges – M.Moreno, Colak, Luisinho . Andone
Las Palmas vs. Deportivo PICK
Las Palmas is very good at home, but now they are not complete in their last line, and therefore their defence could be permeable and they could therefore receive at least one goal. Las Palmas is very good in attack and they are regularly scoring goals at home.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.80 at bet365 (down to 1.70 can be played)