The team from La Coruna are back in the Primera Division, and our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides is backing them to beat Osasuna on Monday eveningThe day of May 21 2011 was one of enormous sadness for everybody involved with Deportivo La Coruna. This once great footballing institution, Champions of Spain in 2000, Champions League semi-finalists in 2004, suffered relegation in the most ignominious of fashions.
Not only had they gone down, they had gone down with a whimper, scoring a paltry 31 goals in their 38 league games. The team that had swaggered across Europe but a few years before, reduced to a pitiful shadow of its former glory.
Yet one season was all it took for Depor to return to the Primera Division where their fans and neutrals alike would say they belong and Bet365 price them at evens (2.00) to get their top flight campaign off to a winning start against Osasuna.
The team from Pamplona, meanwhile, are offered at 11/4 (3.75) while the draw can be backed at 12/5 (3.40). Putting romantic notions aside backing a Deportivo win at evens (2.00) looks like an excellent bet for a number of reasons.
Though it may only have been in La Segunda, Depor were utterly dominant at home last season winning 18 of their 19 matches.
The Riazor is one of the most atmospheric and intimidating stadiums in Spain, and the fans there are among the most passionate. Osasuna for their part, are renowned for being poor on the road, with their total of three away wins last season the lowest total of any side outside the relegation zone.
The chance to double one's money backing Depor at evens (2.00) should not be passed up, but for some higher odds try backing an early goal in the game with over 0.5 goals at 10 minutes available at 10/3 (4.33). This bet has paid out in three of Depor's last five home games, and if they are fired up for the match by a raucous home crowd, an early goal could well be possible.
|Deportivo to win at evens (2.00) with Bet365
||Over 0.5 goals at 10 minutes at 10/3 (4.33) with Bet365|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.