Valencia can keep a clean sheet against a shot-shy Deportivo on Monday night.
Deportivo La Coruna v Valencia – Monday 19:45, Sky Sports 2
Deportivo’s 4-1 defeat at Celta Vigo was their fourth in five games and means they drop down to 17th, having ended up down in 15th last term after a poor finish to the season. Valencia, meanwhile, have improved markedly under Cesare Prandelli as they were denied a point against Barca by a late Messi penalty and had won three of four prior to that, with the exception against Atletico.
Though Deportivo beat Gijon in their last home game, they’ve lost six of their last eight at the Estadio Riazor, failing to score in half these. Indeed, following the departure of Lucas Perez to Arsenal, it comes as little surprise that Depor are the lowest scorers in the division so far, with just six goals from their nine games.
Valencia haven’t kept a clean sheet in 13 games, but this looks a golden opportunity to end that sequence against a goal-shy Deportivo side. The longer Prandelli has with the Valencia defence, the better they’ll get, and since they’re having no problems at the other end of the pitch, with even defensive midfielder Mario Suarez amongst the goals, we’re backing Valencia to win to nil.