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Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides thinks an attacking Depor side playing to stay in the division will break the deadlock at La Rosaleda

Having suffered just one defeat in their last nine matches, a Deportivo side that looked doomed to relegation a couple of months ago have given themselves real hope of salvation.

Last weekend's win over Espanyol means Depor's destiny remains in their own hands with Fernando Vasquez's side knowing that a win in their last two games will ensure they stay up.

Unfortunately for them, their last two games are away at Malaga and at home to Real Sociedad, two of the toughest fixtures possible, so the Galicians will have to summon some serious resolve to maintain their top-flight status.

William Hill price an away win at 9/5 (2.80), while Malaga, who will be hoping to give Manuel Pellegrini a winning send off at La Rosaleda before his inevitable departure, are priced at 7/5 (2.40).
 
Depor's problems this season have stemmed from their inability to keep clean sheets, and had they mastered the art of defending more thoroughly they could have been challenging for a Europa League place given their attacking prowess.

Centre forward Riki is in the form of his life, while Portuguese pairing Pizzi and Bruno Gama have scored some truly spectacular goals this season.
 
With an exciting forward line and a desperate need to win, backing Depor to open the scoring at evens (2.00) looks like a decent option. This bet has paid out in five of their last seven games, and should have a great chance of doing so again.
 
Yet the side from La Coruna have on many occasions shown how nervy they get at the back, so for a value bet back them to be winning at half-time but not win the game at 9/1 (10.00).

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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Deportivo La Coruna to score first at evens (2.00) with Coral
Deportivo to be leading at half-time and fail to win at 9/1 (10.00) with Coral

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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