Deportivo La Coruna vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 11 September 2016,
Kick-Off: 01:30 GMT+7
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Riazor, A Coruna.
Reason For Betting Tips
The bookies make the hosts slight favourites on the back of their impressive form so far. Deportivo are 6th in the league and have only been defeated once so far this term and have taken 10 points from their last 5 fixtures.
Victor Sanchez has performed a minor miracle at the Riazor and they should have more than enough to steer clear of trouble this year, which would be a success given they were in danger of becoming Spanish football’s yo-yo club after a series of recent relegations and promotions.
While Depor fans will be more than happy with the start they have made, Athletic supporters will be anything but and already there is a sense of deja-vu in the Basque Country after the club made an awful start to last season too.
However things took a step in the right direction last time out when they beat Valencia 3-1 at San Mames thanks to an excellent comeback and even though there has been a long international break, the side should carry some confidence into this game, despite a tally of just 7 points from 7 games so far. Athletic aren’t the sort of side to sit back and play for a point on the road and they will come here looking for another win against a Deportivo side that will fancy their chances of doing likewise.
The result should be a relatively attacking game. Both teams have scored in 4 of the last 5 games involving Athletic Bilbao, while 5 of Deportivo’s 7 matches this term have seen both teams net. The hosts have the joint 3rd best attack in the league and therefore backing both teams to score in this one at 10/11 looks like the smart bet.
It is hard to call a winner though. The visitors are coming in off their best league performance of the season and will be hopeful of a return to their impressive form from the 2nd half of last season. Deportivo are a much improved side and it is hard to see them losing this so consider backing it to finish 1-1 at 5/1.
Deportivo La Coruna won one of their last 5 league games at home. The Turks are currently on 3 games unbeaten run, which consist of 2 games unbeaten run.
Athletic is currently on 2 league games losing streak. Moreover, the lions have also managed 1 win in their last 5 away league games.
Deportivo La Coruna: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Lux: Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro: Mosquera, Guilherme- Gil, Fajr, Luisinho: Andone
Athletic Bilbao: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Iraizoz: De Marcos, Boveda, Laporte, Balenziaga: Iturraspe, Benat- Williams, Eraso, Susaeta: Aduriz.
Deportivo La Coruna vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to Head
Deportivo La Coruna maintains a clean record in homes games played with Bilbao. The Turks won 5 of their last 7 home games with Athletic Bilbao.
Moreover, Deportivo has won 4 of the last 10 similar encounters, compared to Bilbao’s 2. In addition, Bilbao also failed to defeat Deportivo in their last 7 visit to the A Coruna city.
Deportivo La Coruna vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Clashes between these two sides as always been an even contest, regardless of the situation plaguing each side coming into the game.
Therefore, I will predict a win or draw situation in favor of Deportivo La Coruna.
Deportivo La Coruna Vs Athletic Bilbao: Betting Tips
Deportivo – Double Chace Win/Draw at 8/11 (1.72)
Under 2.5 goals at 3/5 (1.60).