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Deportivo Seeks Its First Victory in 2016 Against Relegation Threatened Rayo VallecanoPublished February 1, 2016 by Florin P
El Riazor lights up as Deportivo fans anticipate win over Rayo (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Deportivo started the season on a positive note and it was clear right from the start that they won’t be in the mix for avoiding relegation. Rayo Vallecano on the other hand failed to win back-to-back games and is still struggling in the dangerous area, just one point above the relegation line. They are in dire need of points, but they travel to La Coruna with several of their key players injured.
Terrible Start in 2016 for Deportivo
After extending their invincible run to 10 games scattered across two months, Deportivo sank into near irrelevance in 2016. They were unable to win a single match in January and plummeted from the sixth place all the way down to the ninth place. They still have a comfortable cushion keeping them away from the relegation area, but they need to stop bleeding points.
Opportunity presents itself on Monday when Deportivo has home pitch advantage and just three players doubtful. The backline is intact and even though two strikers are unfit to play, Lucas Perez is in great form and that’s all that matters. The forward has scored 13 goals this season, more than all the other players combined and he will spearhead the offensive against Rayo Vallecano.
Rayo Vallecano Claims Rare Home Victory
Rayo Vallecano was hit hard this January after an equally disappointing month of December and was unable to win a game in 10 rounds. The team is famous for playing offensive football both at home and on the road, but the strategy backfired badly. Real Madrid scored 10 goals against them and even when they managed to take an early lead, their opponents clawed their way back in the game.
Against La Coruna, they will need to do without six players who are all injured including the first and second goalkeepers. Under these circumstances, odds of 4/5 offered by bet365 Sports for a home win are quite tempting, as Deportivo won’t settle for yet another draw.