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La Liga: Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona preview

Kick-off: Wednesday, 20 April @19:00 GMT

Venue: Estadio Municipal de Riazor (La Coruna)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna 2-2 (2015/2016 La Liga)
Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona 2-2 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona 0-4 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 (2012/2013 La Liga)
Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona 4-5 (2012/2013 La Liga)

Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona prediction

Out-of-sorts Barcelona will be looking to rose from the dead when they take on Deportivo La Coruna at Estadio Municipal de Riazor on Wednesday evening. Barca face a must-win situation on Matchday 34 and it remains to be seen if the defending champions are capable of putting an end to their three-game losing run in La Liga.

Deportivo likely to meet the goal

Thanks to a 2-2 draw with Barcelona Deportivo La Coruna secure the top flight survival on the last day of the 2014/2015 La Liga campaign. Many people expected that the Galicians would struggle in the national championship this season, but they are on the right track to prove the doubters wrong. Depor sit in 13th place in the standings ahead of Matchday 34 and seeing that they are nine points clear of the relegation zone, there is every chance the Galician outfit will play in the Spanish elite division next season. Victor Sanchez’s men did well to grab one point from Sunday’s game against Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but Wednesday’s clash against star-studded Barca will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.

Important midfielder Fede Cartabia has overcome his injury, while Alejandro Arribas has yet to serve his ban. Lopo misses the match through suspension as well, while Luis Alberto is a major doubt.

Three-game losing run

Barcelona were regarded as the best team in the world just few weeks ago, but, all of the sudden, the Catalan giants suffered a dip in form. The defending champions have been struggling in La Liga of late and they have yet to recover from the loss to Real Madrid in “El Clasico”. Luis Enrique’s men suffered a 2-1 loss to Valencia at their Camp Nou at the weekend, with the team extending their losing run in the league to three matches. Barca suffered elimination in the Champions League quarter-finals as well and, no doubt, coach Luis Enrique is under big pressure ahead of the trip to Galicia. The good news for the fans is that key attacker Leo Messi put an end to his goalless run at the weekend and the “Argentine magician” will be looking to add more goals to his account when Barca take on Depor at “Riazor” on Wednesday evening.

Arda Turan could miss the game through illness, while Gerard Pique is definitely out of contention through suspension. Jeremy Mathieu has yet to overcome his injury, while Dani Alves could return to the starting line-up.

Quick Facts

  • Deportivo La Coruna scored 1+ goals in each of their last four league games
  • Depor failed to keep a clean sheet in last 18 matches in La Liga
  • Barcelona failed to score in two of their last three games
  • Barca are undefeated in last 11 meetings with Deportivo
  • Luis Enrique’s troops scored eight goals in last three encounters against Depor

Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona betting tip

Barcelona have no other choice but to go all-out attack against Deportivo La Coruna. Barca “helped’ Depor secure the top flight survival last season, but this time out Luis Enrique’s men will take the clash against the Galician side very seriously and I am tempted to put my money on the reigning champions, who are desperate to put an end to their three-game losing run in La Liga.

Tip: Barcelona/Barcelona

Odds: 1.60 (3/5) @Unibet

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