These have been two of the underachieving sides in La Liga in recent years, certainly in the context of where they were both at during the early years of this century. However this season, while Depor are again flirting with relegation, Valencia have finally found their way and under the stewardship of the impressive Marcelino, they look capable of sealing a return to the Champions League.
They certainly justify their status as favourites to win this match. Valencia stuttered in December with injuries and suspensions starting to rack up but they really seem to have benefited from the break and have come back stronger, with most of their key players fit again.
Los Che have started 2018 with a convincing 5-1 aggregate win over Las Palmas in the Copa del Rey and an important 2-1 victory against Girona in La Liga. Victory here too would really signal they are over their slump and they have done well on the road, taking 1.75 points per game from their away fixtures in La Liga.
The Riazor is certainly not one of the toughest places to go these days. Depor have lost a worrying 56% of their home league fixtures this term. They’ve been in or around the relegation scrap for many seasons now and with all the newly promoted sides doing pretty well, this might just be the year where there is not three worse teams than them.
They are currently just one point outside the relegation zone, with their last eight matches in La Liga producing just one win and five defeats. No side in the Spanish top flight has collected fewer points over that period so the pressure is really mounting on boss Cristóbal Parralo, who replaced Pepe Mel earlier in the campaign.
Given all that, backing Valencia Draw No Bet looks a pretty safe bet here as Depor you’d imagine would gladly take a point right now.
They may struggle to get it though. With their key men back and firing, Valencia are a really dangerous attacking side and their average of 2.11 goals per game is the second best in La Liga behind Barcelona. They actually have a higher scoring average away from home than at the Mestalla and their away fixtures have produced a huge 3.63 goals per game in total. Given that, backing Valencia & Over 2.5 Goals looks good.
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