Deportivo La Coruna vs Malaga - Tight contest set to produce under 2.5 goals

Deportivo tipped to find Malaga hard to beat in Segunda Division playoff semifinal
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Deportivo La Coruna vs Malaga clash in Segunda Division playoff expected to produce few goals (Getty Images)

Deportivo La Coruna vs Malaga Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga are set to serve up a tight encounter in the first leg of their Spanish Segunda Division playoff semifinal at the Estadio Abanca-Riazor. Both teams have looked solid at the back in recent matches and are expected to produce under 2.5 goals at 1.62 while Malaga are tipped to earn a draw at odds of 3.17.

Deportivo La Coruna Form & Team News


Deportivo La Coruna are coming off a 2-0 victory at home against Cordoba in their final match in the regular season. Borja Valle gave them the lead right on the stroke of half time while Pedro Sanchez added the second five minutes after the restart.

Jose Marti's men secured a playoff spot after finishing sixth in the Segunda Division. They are unbeaten in six of their last seven matches, placing them at 2.22 to win on Wednesday but having conceded just once in their last four matches, an outcome of under 2.5 goals looks likely.

Deportivo’s recent defensive solidity has been down to the exploits of Eneko Boveda and Domingos Duarte, both of whom should start on Wednesday. Top scorer Quique is expected to feature in attack but the striker had scored just one goal in his last seven matches.

Jose Marti
Jose Marti has made his Deportivo La Coruna side very difficult to breach, conceding just once in their last four matches (Getty Images)

Malaga CF Form & Team News 


Malaga were also victorious in their final fixture in the regular season as they defeated Elche 3-0 at home. Badr Boulhroud opened the scoring in the fifth minute while Federico Ricca and Hicham Boussefiane added further goals in the second half.

Victor Sanchez's men had a fabulous end to the regular season as they went unbeaten in their final six matches. They are valued at 3.48 for a win on Wednesday but with their mean defence letting in just two goals in their last five matches, I am going for a low scoring affair here.

Malaga's recent good form has also been driven by a sturdy defence with Luis Hernandez and Diego Gonzalez impressing at centre back. Midfielder Adrian is the top scorer for the team but has only three goals in his last 10 matches.

Victor Sanchez
Victor Sanchez's Malaga have conceded just two goals in their last five matches (Getty Images)

Deportivo La Coruna vs Malaga Head to Head


Deportivo have a 14-7 advantage with 13 draws from 34 previous matches against Malaga. The last two meetings have seen under 2.5 goals with both matches ending in draws. Both teams battled to a 0-0 draw in the most recent meeting at Estadio La Rosaleda.

Deportivo La Coruna vs Malaga Match Up 


Deportivo have shown plenty of grit and solidity at the back conceding just one goal in their last four matches. The duo of Boveda and Duarte have impressed lately and will be confident of shutting out the Malaga attack.

Malaga have also shown similar defensive qualities in recent weeks with two goals conceded in their last five matches. Hernandez and Gonzalez are expected to stand firm against Quique in attack for Deportivo.

Deportivo La Coruna vs Malaga Key Statistics 


  • Deportivo La Coruna are unbeaten in 6 of their last 7 matches (Segunda Division).
  • Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 2 meetings (Segunda Division).
  • Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga have drawn their last 2 matches (Segunda Division).
  • Malaga are unbeaten in their last 6 matches (Segunda Division).

Verdict


Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga appear evenly matched heading into this clash with both teams maintaining similar defensive records. The are tipped to produce under 2.5 goals at 1.62 while also cancelling each other out for a draw at odds of 3.17.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.62 at bet365 – 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.17 at bet365 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 6.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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