Real Betis look set for another lower mid-table this season in Spain's top tier. Los Verdiblancos will probably have enough quality in their squad to ensure they keep their heads above the danger of a relegation battle without having enough consistency to go on and challenge for a place in the top half of the Primera Division table come the end of the campaign.
Recent form has been a fair indicator of where Betis currently stand as a side as Victor Sanchez's men have won two and lost four of their last six league matches. They'll be hoping for a performance in this game similar to the ones they were able to turn in during victories over Las Palmas and Osasuna as they go in search of a cup victory at 11/10.
Deportivo La Coruna's Dutch forward Ryan Babel heads the ball (Getty Images)
Making the trip to the Estadio Benito Villamarin for the first leg of this tie is a Deportivo La Coruna side that currently sit on the edge of the relegation zone. Branquiazuis are occupying a disappointing 17th place at this early stage, with just one point keeping them out of the relegation zone at this stage and much of that is down to a leaky defence.
In their last six league fixtures, Gaizka Garitano's men have struggled more than usual and have failed to pick up a single victory, losing to the likes of Barcelona, Celta de Vigo and Malaga and they shipped four goals in each of those victories. Can they put an end to this recent winless streak by earning an unlikely away victory at odds of 13/5 with bet365
Both teams to score looks like a good bet to us in this game at odds of 19/20. Real Betis will certainly be hoping to get on the scoresheet against a Deportivo backline that have shipped 17 goals in their last six league games and the likes of Alex Alegria and the experienced Ruben Castro will certainly prove to be a threat to the visitors' defence.
However, Deportivo have still been scoring goals despite their lack of points of late. They've scored eight goals in their last five matches without winning any of them and players such as Costa Rican international Celso Borges and former Liverpool man Ryan Babel must be disappointed that their attacking efforts have counted for very little. Both teams have scored in Deportivo's last five games, which is why we fancy the bet to come in again here.
In the goalscoring market, that man Castro has been the most prolific player for either side in La Liga so far this year. The 35 year old has scored 138 goals for the club, including five in this year's La Liga season so far. Having spent some of his earlier career at Deportivo, we fancy the curse of the former player to strike again and Castro to be key for Betis once more on Tuesday night.Recommended bets:
Both teams to score @ 19/20All odds with bet365