Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Leganes saw Deportivo La Coruna sack manager Gaizka Garitano, with the team having been firmly sucked into the relegation battle.
Without a win since December 18, Depor now sit just two points above the drop zone and conceding four goals to a side who have previously only scored 16 times all season was the final nail in the coffin for Garitano. He has been replaced by La Liga stalwart Pepe Mel and the former Real Betis and West Brom manager seems a decent choice to try and keep the side up.
Mel's first game in charge is against an Atletico side who saw their faint title hopes all but ended on Sunday afternoon by Barcelona, as Diego Simeone's men conceded late on to lose 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon.
Now Atleti must focus on securing Champions League football next season, with Los Rojiblancos level on points in fourth place with Real Sociedad albeit with this game in hand. Paddy Power offer the visitors to the Estadio Riazor on Thursday evening at 4/6 (1.65). Depor for their part are priced at 9/2 (5.50) to record their fifth home win of the season while the draw can be backed at 13/5 (3.60).
Atletico's record on the road this season has not been particularly impressive with the side from the Spanish capital only managing three wins from their last eight away games.
Their last game at Sporting Gijon was 1-1 until the 80th minute before a quickfire hat-trick from substitute Kevin Gameiro earned a win, while their previous two away games at Alaves and Athletic Bilbao both ended as draws.
Deportivo for their part have lost each of their last four matches but before that negative run, they had recorded a sequence of five straight draws in all competitions. The price of 13/5 (3.60) for the draw looks tempting as a value bet, with Depor likely to see something of a reaction with the arrival of a new, vastly experienced manager who will know how to make things tough for the visitors.
|Draw at 13/5 (3.60) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power|