Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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  • Estadio Municipal de Riazor
Deportivo La Coruna
Barcelona

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Tip Reasoning

Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in thoroughly convincing fashion last weekend and one way or another they should complete a domestic double this weekend. Victory here will clinch the title and they may even have already won the league by the time this one kicks off if the Madrid clubs slip up in their games.

They take on a Deportivo La Coruna side that have plenty of reason to try and upset their title party. The Galicians will also be looking on results elsewhere in a weekend when they could be relegated and even if they get favours from other clubs, it’s pretty hard to see how they can seriously get themselves out of this mess with just 27 points on the board and only 4 to play including this.

Depor do at least come into this match in a bit of form and they have made a better fight of their survival bid than the two sides below them. Clarence Seedorf’s men have only lost 1 of their last 6 and that was only a narrow loss away to Atleti where they were a bit unfortunate to be defeated. They look as convincing as they have done all season right now so this won’t necessarily be a walk in the park for Barcelona, who lost on this ground last season.

Ernesto Valverde’s men are trying to put together an unbeaten league season but in truth they’ve rarely hit the heights they reached against Sevilla last weekend. It certainly hasn’t been as exciting as some of their recent title wins under Pep Guardiola and even Luis Enrique and although scoring goals hasn’t been a huge problem, largely due to the brilliance of Messi, they haven’t been involved in that many high scoring games.

53% of their away league games have seen under 2.5 goals scored while just 24% have produced over 3.5. A 55% overall clean sheet ratio in La Liga is excellent though and suggests they should be able to cope with whatever Depor throw at them.

The Galicians have also tended to be involved in lower scoring games since the change in coach. Their last two matches have ended 0-0 and they’ve certainly been better organised under Seedorf. However scoring goals has remained a problem and they average just 0.94 goals per game in La Liga this term.

Overall, backing Under 3.5 Goals looks like it could be the smart bet here.

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