Deportivo La Coruna v Las Palmas – Estadio Riazor at 12:00 Live at Sky Sports
“It was a very bad, very bad, very bad, very bad day in every way. It was a disaster,” said Las Palmas manager Paco Jemez, after seeing his side turned over by Villarreal last weekend.
Late goals from Carlos Bacca and Nicola Sansone saw the Yellows slump to a sixth game without a win, falling four points adrift of safety. Jemez then launched a scathing attack on his players, suggesting the club should “get rid of everyone”.
“It was a real disaster in every way, with things that I thought had passed but reappeared. I’ll try to think that it was just a very bad day, but it can’t be repeated. If it is, we’re dead.
“Everything failed, we didn’t do anything right. We weren’t able to keep the ball for even half a second. They looked like they were flying on a plane, while we had our legs tied. We got worse with every touch. It was real chaos out there.
“If they had money and time, they’d have a reason to get rid of everyone here, me being the first, and bring in 24 new faces. We weren’t up to scratch, but there’s no remedy. If I have to promote eight of the B team then I will, even though I’d be very sorry for them because they’ve played a lot.”
Pressure mounting on Saturday’s six-pointer
Prior to the match, Las Palmas had been improving, holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw and narrowly losing to Celta Vigo. So the reaction to last weekend’s reverse means Saturday’s midday kick-off against fellow relegation contenders Deportivo promises to be decisive in the battle against the drop.
The two sides are in desperate need of maximum points with the pair marooned in the bottom three. With teams above the duo in the La Liga table finding form, only one side can realistically survive demotion and such pressure on Saturday’s six-pointer could ensure a low-scoring duel at the Riazor.
Hosts Depor has been winless in 13 matches (W0-D4-L9) and recorded only four triumphs all term. Even so, the Branquiazuis have been chalked up as odds-on favorites to pick up a valuable victory.
Goals at a premium
However, Deportivo has managed a solitary goal in seven matches and since Clarence Seedorf pitched up at La Coruna, encounters have been tight. The home side has seen five of their last six feature fewer than three goals, including three being settled by one goal or less.
Las Palmas have W2-D3-L6 under Jemez, with each defeat arriving against top-half opposition, but the January sale of creative lynchpin Jonathan Viera has cost the Canary Islanders in the final third. Viera has been directly involved in 35% of the Yellows’ La Liga goals, highlighting his importance.
Nevertheless, five of Las Palmas’ last seven outings have also delivered in the Under 2.5 Goals market and so with neither team flourishing up front, odds-against quotes for Under 2.5 Goals appears generous for Saturday’s early kick-off in Spain.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 Goals at 2.170
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