Sevilla bid to kick-start their season against Deportivo La Coruna buoyed by this month's transfer activity.Gregorio Manzano's side are under pressure to improve on a poor start to the 2010-11 campaign which sees them some 11 points off the Champions League places after 20 games.
However, the impending arrivals of tenacious Chile midfielder Gary Medel from Boca Juniors and Croatia international Ivan Rakitic from Schalke will freshen up a stale Sevilla team, although neither are likely to sign in time for tomorrow's trip to A Coruna to face Deportivo.
Rakitic, 22, arrived late last night for a medical while Medel's move was agreed last week and is close to being completed after he arrived in Spain this week.
Chilean World Cup star Medel, who plays as a defensive midfielder but also in defence, said: "I'm happy to be here, hopefully everything goes well.
"I am as player who gives everything I have on the pitch and play with my heart. I hope I can make a positive contribution to Sevilla.
"I want to win titles with the club."
Sevilla, who have won just three of their last nine games and lost the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final 1-0 against Real Madrid, should have Ivica Dragutinovic back in action while Andres Palop and Federico Fazio are also available.
Hosts Depor are also having a difficult season and sit 13th in La Liga having lost their last three league games.
Key men Riki and Andres Guardado are still recovering from injury and are not expected to return in time for the match.
Under - 1.72
Over - 2.07