Deportivo vs Real Valladolid

Deportivo La Coruna vs Real Valladolid is the very definition of a must win game for the hosts.

Depor are rock bottom, have lost four of the last five games conceding 17 goals in the process, and the consensus is that Coach Jose Luis Oltra would already have been fired if the club could afford it.

“We need to change our attitude,” admitted midfielder Alex Bergantinos, who isn’t denying the importance of this encounter. “We need to win against Valladolid. If we don’t the situation could be considered critical.”

Miroslav Djukic’s visitors are much more relaxed, sitting eighth in the standings despite last Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Real Madrid, described by ‘keeper Dani Hernandez as ‘just a pat on the back.’

“We want more, we have to keep improving and growing with work. It’s a shame, that a team of our size were able to go ahead twice against Madrid and couldn’t hold on, but we are already thinking of next week’s game against Deportivo La Coruna.”

Kick off: Monday December 17, 7.00 (BST)