Following a brilliant start of the new campaign, Real Betis have not been that impressive since. Nevertheless, los Beticos are still in the Europa League race, with the team currently sitting in 7th place in the standings, just two points adrift of Malaga, who are in European places. Before the defeat against Real Madrid, Pepe Mel's men did remarkably well to overcome the 3:0 deficit in the Andalusian derby against bitter rivals Sevilla, so now the team are eager to start a new winning run which could help them book the place in the European competitions next season. Los Beticos' performances have been promising up front, with the team netted nine goals in the last three rounds and I believe they will continue their goal-scoring run against Deportivo La Coruna this Monday. Earlier this season Betis defeated Deportivo 3:2 away from home, and considering that Los Beticos have turned their Benito Villamarin stadium into a real fortress over the years, everything but the home win would be a major surprise.
Deportivo La Coruna were on their way to Segunda division, but since the 3:1 victory in the local derby against Celta the Blues and White's displays have been brilliant. Deportivo are now on a five-game unbeaten run and the team currently occupy 17th position, that should secure them La Liga survival. Nonetheless, Fernando Vazquez's men are level on points with relegation-threatened Zaragoza, although Deportivo have a game in hand. the Blues and White have recorded just two victories on the travels in the competition, both in the last few weeks, but generally Deportivo are one of the worst travelers in La Liga. Since central back Carlos Marchena suffered an injury Fernando Vazquez's side have been struggling at the back, with the team failing to keep a clean sheet in five of last six league encounters. Taking all into account, I do not believe Deportivo are capable of avoiding defeat at Benito Villamarin this Monday.Beitis win & over 2.5.