Betis vs Deportivo La Coruna by Jimeno
Betis couldn't do much more in their season opening game against Barcelona away from home as they suffered 2:0 defeat and actually stood well on the field for the most of the game, but the side improved in second round when they won over Celta in front of own fans with a 2:1 result. However, visiting Villarreal was too much for them in the third round as they couldn't get a better outcome overall.
They even took the lead in 11th minute via Leon, but once the hosts reacted better, it wasn't easy for the players of Betis to keep the clean sheet, as they conceded first goal in 32nd minute via Bacca, while the hosts increased the tempo in the second halftime and reverted the scoreline completely via goals from Castillejo in 61st and Unai in 77th minute. Betis will surely be aiming to get a positive outcome again, being known for better performances in front of own fans.
Home team will be missing defender Tosca (1/0) and forward Campbell who anyway didn't perform so far in the season. Forward Antonio Sanabria is having fitness worries, but should be in contention for this one.
Deportivo La Coruna, on the other side, didn't start the season well, having just one point earned out of three matches, opening the season with a 0:3 defeat in front of own fans against Real Madrid in the match they couldn't ask for anything positive, while they took a point in away game in second round against Levante in a 2:2 draw.
Everyone excepted them to continue with an undefeated mini-run at least, but the side suffered yet another defeat, this time in front of own fans again, against Real Sociedad 2:4. They showed many defensive gaps, conceding two goals inside first four minutes via Juanmi and Illarramendi, while Adrian reduced in 27th minute and Andone leveled up completely in 50th, however guests scored twice more in last ten minutes (via Llorente and Illarramendi again), as the hosts left the field disappointed in a game that could have ended way different on some other day.
Guests are missing first choice goalkeeper Ruben (2/0), but also midfielders Gil (no performance so far) and Mosquera (3/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Deportivo's last 8 games (La Liga).
Betis will surely be looking to get back on the positive way after a defeat to Villarreal as they usually anyway tend to play way better in front of own fans. On the other side, Deportivo didn't look that poor so far, but intend to play more openly and attacking that the other sides, so anything except well open game here with plenty of decent chances from both sides will be a surprise for me.