Sevilla-Deportivo La Coruna Betting Preview: Why the hosts should win the first half

Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromildes believes Deportivo's woeful recent record will continue at Sevilla on Friday with the the home side to lead by half-time
If Sir Alex Ferguson coined the phrase "squeaky bum time" to denote a period of extreme nervous anxiety, then there must be a high-pitched squeal emanating from Deportivo fans.

One win in 13 league games has left the Galicians rooted to the bottom of La Liga and this week they parted company with manager Domingos Paciencia after just six matches in charge.

New boss Fernando Vasquez (formerly at Depor's arch rivals Celta) will be hoping to begin his tenure with a victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan and Paddy Power offer odds of 6/1 (7.00) on an away win. Sevilla, meanwhile, who have shown glimpses of improvement under their own new coach Unai Emery can be backed at 2/5 (1.40) with the draw offered at 10/3 (4.33).

However, apart from the potential boost which often comes with a new man in charge, we have seen precious little from Depor to encourage any sort of investment in them.

Last weekend's pitiful 3-0 capitulation at home to Granada underlined just how deeply rooted their problems are, and Sevilla should have little problem in continuing their good form, which has seen them win each one of their last three home matches.

Not only are Depor bottom of the table, but they are comfortably the worst team in the opening 45 minutes of matches this season, having been trailing 11 times at the break so far this season. The odds on an outright Sevilla victory are too small, but backing them to be ahead at half time looks a sound investment at 5/6 (1.83).

For a value bet back exactly two goals to be scored in the first half which is offered at 11/4 (3.75) which has paid out in two of Depor's last three away games.

Sevilla to win first half at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power
Two goals in the first half at 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports anchor working on TV in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.