After losing by the slimmest (seriously, we’re talking centimeters) of margins to Real at midweek, Sevilla trudges to Deportivo with thoughts of return legs in Madrid and battered legs from Madrid. Sanchez is in the lineup today after being forced to leave the game very early on on Wednesday, but Romaric is not so fortunate. Kanouté intentionally picked up a fifth yellow last week against Levante so he could serve a suspension while resting today. Similarly (but not injured), Navas is not in the lineup today, all of which leaves room for some less-familiar faces in the 18: Rodri, Fazio, and Alfaro all seem likely to either start or at least see the field today, depending on the result.
Depor, meanwhile, are not distracted by anything and are not to my knowledge currently holding any devastating injuries, and are in desperate need of positive results, currently 4 points clear of relegation and having reached the point after losing to Zaragoza last week where the coach is calling out players publicly for poor performances.
So they’re at a low point while we are, really, enjoying a series of mostly good results and generally playing very positive, effective football (note: I didn’t see the RM game and thus am not in any way having my sunny outlook darkened by any frustration from that game). We should win, but obviously we’re playing a weakened lineup and will doubtless have our minds divided in equal parts on last week, next week, and the task at hand. A por ellos, then!
Game’s at 4pm ET. See you then, or…see you later.