Deportivo La Coruña vs Fuenlabrada Match Preview & Prediction

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Deportivo La Coruña vs Fuenlabrada predictions, H2H and match preview for this Monday’s Spanish Segunda Division game. Read on for analysis as the hosts aim to avoid an unthinkable relegation to the third tier.

by Mark Sochon


Deportivo La Coruña vs Fuenlabrada Preview


Deportivo La Coruna vs Fuenlabrada predictions

Monday’s clash at the Riazor is a simply enormous game for both clubs. 11 months back when this elongated season started, the notion that Depor vs Fuenla on the final day would have an impact on both the promotion race and relegation battle would have seemed believable. However few could have possibly imagined that it would be former Spanish champions Deportivo La Coruña battling relegation to the Segunda B and second-tier debutants Fuenlabrada bidding to secure a play-off place.

That though is the extraordinary situation we find ourselves in and it’s a very serious one for Depor who will go down if they lose this game and will be reliant on favours elsewhere even if they win it. Relegated from LaLiga as recently as 2018, they find themselves in the Segunda Division relegation zone heading into the final day. They haven’t dropped as low as the third tier since a solitary season in 1980-81.

Fuenlabrada were enjoying their first ever sixth tier season at that point. As recently as 2012, they were a Tercera Division (fourth tier) club but they head into the final day of their debut Segunda campaign in 6th place. Victory for the South Madrid side would not only relegate Depor but also guarantee themselves a play-off place and a shot at following in Mallorca’s footsteps by sealing back-to-back promotions.

This would be even more extraordinary for a club whose stadium holds less than 6,000 and even that is following recent upgrades. Fuenla’s season has been a story of three distinct tales. A great start was followed by a severe winter decline which led to the sacking of Mere in March. José Ramón Sandoval was appointed on the eve of lockdown and would have to wait 3 months to take charge of his first game. Whatever he did during that period has certainly paid off with 6 wins and only 1 defeat for Fuenla under his guidance.

Depor also returned from lockdown initially looking quite strong with a 7 game unbeaten streak but 3 straight defeats have plunged them back into danger and many of their rivals have taken advantage to leave them in this unlikely position.


Deportivo La Coruña vs Fuenlabrada Predictions

Score Prediction: 1-0 Fuenla

Not only is this a really high pressure, tough situation for Depor, it’s also really not a good fixture for them to have on the final day. Up against a fully motivated Fuenlabrada side that is the form team in LaLiga SmartBank with 18 points from their last 8 games, you really do have to worry for the Galicians here. Fuenla went to leaders Cadiz and won last weekend and they’ve been pretty good travellers this season. This has the potential to be a really dark day at the Riazor.


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Deportivo La Coruña vs Fuenlabrada H2H

  • The sides have only met once previously in league football.
  • That was earlier this season when they drew 1-1 at the Estadio Fernando Torres.

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has also lived in Seville and Barcelona and has written extensively about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer.