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Deportivo La Coruna v Athletic Bilbao - Sunday 19:30, Sky Sports 1
Deportivo’s promising start to the campaign has been marred by the departure of local hero Lucas Perez to Arsenal. Given their next top scorer had just six goals, his 17 strikes last term as well as his eight assists are sure to leave a gaping hole in Gaizka Garitano’s side.
Two defeats in two leave Athletic Bilbao desperate for a win. Strangely they’re probably more disappointed with the 1-0 defeat at home to Barca than the 2-1 away loss to Gijon, as they failed to take a few clear cut chances against the champions. Depor have been somewhat of a bogey team for Bilbao in recent years, as they’ve won just one of their last eight meetings, including four stalemates in the last six.
Excluding Barca and Real, Depor drew six of their eight home matches against top-half sides last term and although Bilbao have yet to start firing on all cylinders the home side will certainly be happy with a draw. Perez’s absence brings the 0-0 correct score into play as Deportivo’s gpg dropped from 1.2 to 0.6 during the 22 games he failed to start in his two year stint at the club, so that scoreline’s certainly worth a punt.