Dipped in the relegation zone and debuting a new coach, La Coruña hosts Betis this Monday, February 12, in a match that complements the twenty-third round of the Spanish Championship in its 2017/2018 season. The start of the duel, which will be held at the Riazor stadium in La Coruña, is scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of La Coruña
The entry into the region of the sticking caused by a sequence of seven games without victories (two draws and five ties) cost the use of the technician Cristóbal Parralo. Clarence Seedforf of the Netherlands, who will have his third experience as a coach, has been called in.
His career is quite short and has yet to be successful. The 41-year-old has led Milan with 22 games and Shenzhen of China in 14 games. He was fired by both.
After negotiating with Atletico-PR earlier this year without reaching an agreement, he ended up accepting La Coruña’s bid to avoid a relegation of the Spanish team. He will be the club’s third coach of the season and was not the first choice for the club. The invitation was made after Martin Lasarte rejected the offer of the Galician team.
La Coruña finished the twenty-second round in eighteenth place on the leaderboard with 17 points (four wins, five draws and 13 losses). Three less than the Levant, seventeenth and first out of the sticking region.
For his debut, Seedorf will have to wait for the position of the medical department in relation to two athletes who were being used as headlines. They are in treatment of injury the defender Sidnei (16 games in Spanish Championship 2016/2017, one goal) and the half Pedro Mosquera (11 games, without goal).
The current form of Betis
After battling relegation last season, Betis’ goal in the current edition of the Spanish Championship is much higher. With 30 points (nine wins, three draws and ten losses), the team has ambition to reach the continental tournament qualification.
It completed its participation in the twenty-second round in tenth place, three points behind sixth-placed Sevilla, who closed the qualifying round for the next edition of the Europa League.
Coach Quique Setien deployed a rather offensive scheme that yielded 37 goals in 22 games, more than Atletico Madrid (33), LaLiga’s deputy leader, managed to score in the period. However, there has been a lack of balance. The defense, easily leaked, is the third worst of the tournament with 45 goals conceded.
This style of going all-or-nothing made Betis not get a draw even in the last ten matches he made. It was four wins and six losses. In that list is the elimination in the Copa del Rey to Cadiz, of the Second Division, when, at home, the team was beaten by 5 to 3.
History of matches between La Coruña and Bétis
La Coruña was responsible for the elimination of Betis in the 2016/2017 season of the King’s Cup of Spain. He lost by 1 to 0 in Seville, but scored 3 to 1 in the return match. In the current season, by the Spanish Championship, the alviverde won by 2 to 1.
The situation of need of La Coruña and the aggressive style of Betis should make the game very open with both teams seeking victory. Acting at home and motivated with the debut of a new coach, La Coruña appears as the best betting option. It has a price of 2.20 on Bet365. Draw paid 3.60 and success of the Sevilla alviverde yields 3.20. Quotes were in effect at 13:39 on 8.2 / 2018.