Week three of the 2014/15 La Liga season comes to a conclusion this evening, as Eibar and Deportivo La Coruna go head-to-head at Ipurua.
It is a battle of the promoted sides in the Basque Country and a win for either one will see them rise up the Primeira Division table.
The hosts have enjoyed a fairly solid start to their first ever season in the top-flight under Gaizka Garitano. They opened their campaign with a 1-0 victory over local rivals Real Sociedad thanks to Javi Lara’s stunning free-kick, before they put up a good performance in their narrow defeat to defending champions Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
Even in that game, they still managed to put a very neat move together with left-back Abraham Minero providing an exquisite finish on the end of it, and it then took some typically stubborn resistance from Los Rojiblancos to hold on for the three points.
If they can pick up tonight from where they left off two weeks ago, then they could go as high as fifth in the table and already five points clear of the relegation zone.
Deportivo search for first win
Their opponents finished just two points behind them in second place at the end of last season’s Segunda Division, but could establish that difference in their favour with a win this evening.
It would be their first since returning to the top division after a year-long absence, and a margin of three goals will lift them up 11 places to seventh though an unlikely defeat of five or more goals will see them prop up the rest of the league.
Depor have become somewhat of a yo-yo club since their initial relegation in the 2010/11 seaon, so they will be hoping to put a stop to the rot this year and aim for a return to the glory days of a decade ago that saw them win La Liga in the 1999/2000 season and finish in the top three a further eight times. They also spent five straight seasons in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals in the 2003/04 campaign.
Victor Fernandez took charge of the team during pre-season following the sacking of Fernando Vazquez, and has so far overseen a defeat and a draw from his opening two matches. Granada inflicted a 2-1 loss on Brancoazuis on the first day, before new signing Isaac Cuenca rescued a point in stoppage-time at home to Rayo Vallecano last time out.
There is everything to play for at Irupua, kick-off is at 19.45 BST.