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Tranmere Rovers Vs Milton Keynes Dons, Sat 30 Oct 2010

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Deportivo La Coruna and Espanyol meet in the ninth round of La Liga with the same goal of winning the three points, but with very different needs at this stage of the campaign.

Deportivo lie second from bottom of the table and are still searching a first league win this season, while Espanyol sit on the cusp of the top four having won five of their eight matches so far.

Urreta is sidelined for Deportivo, but coach Miguel Angel Lotina welcomes back Juca and Andres Guardado for the Riazor clash.

Mexico winger Guardado is a key player for the Galician outfit and Lotina admits his return is a boost.

"He gives us something different. He can create chances and score goals - it's good to have him back," Lotina said today.

The Basque coach admitted earlier this week that he had been unable to sleep and joked that he would have committed suicide had his side lost to Osasuna in the Copa del Rey, having dominated the match for long periods.

The first leg game in Pamplona ended 1-1, but another draw tomorrow will be little use to Lotina or Deportivo.

Espanyol, though, are enjoying a rich vein of form and coach Mauricio Pochettino hopes for a sixth league win tomorrow.

"We will fight hard for the three points - they are important for us to stay in the top part of the table," he said today.

"But it is an unpredictable and dangerous match because our rival has a pressing need for points."

Carlos Kameni is available again after injury and could return in goal, but Dani Osvaldo is still suspended, while Ivan de la Pena, Felipe Mattioni, Javi Marquez and Ernesto Galan are sidelined.

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