Kick Off: 1515, 12/03/2017
Stadium: Municipal de Riazor
TV: Sky Sports 2
Barcelona will travel to Deportivo La Coruna on a real high following Wednesday night’s incredible Champions League win over PSG and the Catalan giants have fond memories of this venue too.
Barca have won on their last five visits to the Riazor and recorded an amazing 8-0 triumph here just under 11 months ago, with Luis Suarez scoring four times on that occasion.
A Look At Deportivo’s Betting Odds
Deportivo pulled off their own fantastic fightback when Celso Borges struck from the penalty spot three minutes into stoppage time to earn a 1-1 home draw with Real Betis in midweek, a result which moved them five points clear of the relegation zone in La Liga.
Four straight defeats in January and February had put Deportivo in trouble but the arrival of Pepe Mel has inspired an upturn in fortunes and they drew with Atletico Madrid and won at Sporting Gijon prior to another positive result on Wednesday.
Deportivo’s home record against Barca is poor but they can take heart from successive 2-2 draws at Camp Nou over the last couple of seasons and will be hoping Luis Enrique’s men spent too much time celebrating their midweek European miracle.
The first of our Deportivo v Barcelona betting tips is 9/10 for both teams to score.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona enjoyed one of the most memorable nights in even their storied history when overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit with a 6-1 rout of PSG, with Neymar scoring twice in the closing stages and then setting up Sergi Roberto for a dramatic stoppage-time winner that secured a spot in the quarter-finals.
“This is a crazy, unique sport,” said an emotional Enrique after that match. “Children and adults will never forget what happened here. I dedicate this win to all Barca fans who kept faith in us. This was a victory for our faith and belief.”
How that night will affect Barca’s approach to this fixture is hard to predict but they had previously beaten Sporting Gijon 6-1 and Celta Vigo 5-0 in this competition, so to say their forwards are on fire at the moment would be an understatement.
Given Barca’s recent wins at Riazor have been 8-0, 4-0, 5-4, 4-0 and 3-1, we’re taking 23/20 for the visitors to prevail and over 3.5 goals in the game.
DEPORTIVO 1-1 Real Betis – Celso Borges
BARCELONA 6-1 PSG – Luis Suarez, Layvin Kurzawa, Lionel Messi, Neymar (2), Sergi Roberto
Head-to-head: Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo, Deportivo 0-8 Barcelona, Barcelona 2-2 Deportivo, Barcelona 2-2 Deportivo, Deportivo 0-4 Barcelona