Deportivo La Coruña v Real Betis – Estadio de Riazor at 20:00 live at Sky Sports
Deportivo La Coruna appointed Clarence Seedorf as their new manager on Monday, just 32 hours after dismissing Cristobal Parralo. The Galicians were thumped 5-0 at Real Sociedad on Friday before sacking Parralo 48 hours later.
Seedorf becomes Deportivo’s third coach this season and has signed a contract until the end of the season in a bid to save the Galicians from La Liga relegation. With his predecessor mustering, just two triumphs (losing eight) of his 13 league games in charge, the La Coruna outfit are hoping for an immediate impact.
The former La Liga champions start the weekend in 18th, three points adrift of safety, and without a win in seven league games (W0-D2-L5). But Seedorf says Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a great example of how quality and potential can help someone overcome limited coaching experience.
The Dutch legend is convinced he can keep the struggling side in Spain’s top-flight despite only minimal previous coaching experience at AC Milan and at China League One side Shenzhen FC. His Deportivo debut arrives on Monday night when Real Betis pitch up at the Riazor.
Goals forecast for Monday night match-up
Deportivo’s most obvious issues are at the back with the Galicians boasting the division’s worst defence and their most recent seven outings seeing the side ship 22 goals. With key defender Sidnei still absent from the backline, the hosts are unlikely to be watertight immediately.
In just four matches that the Brazilian centre-half has been absent for, Depor have conceded 18 goals. Fixing such large leaks may take time but it should ensure Monday night’s match-up follows a familiar goals theme for these two teams.
Despite their defensive flaws, Depor does pack a punch of their own going forward. The likes of Lucas Perez, Florin Andone and Adrian Lopez are too good a forward line for a team in the relegation zone and it’s worth noting the hosts have scored in all games at the Riazor bar when the two Madrid giants arrived.
In fact, three of the last five outings at the Riazor have featured at least four goals whilst 11 of their previous 14 on home soil have delivered in the Over 2.5 Goals market. Betis have also been regular Over 2.5 Goals winners with no La Liga club seeing more goals-per-game than the Andalusian visitors.
The guest’s games have produced three or more goals in 13 of their last 20 away trips, as well as surpassing the Over 3.5 Goals line in half of their fixtures this term, including four of their most recent five, making the 1.76 available on Over 2.75 Goals an attractive option to take.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Over 2.75 Goals at 1.780