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Deportivo should go for it from the start

Victor Sanchez of Espanyol in action against Barcelona
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If Deportivo are to land a blow against Espanyol it is likely to come early, so there may be some mileage in taking the visitors to strike in the first half.

Real Madrid - on the opening weekend - are the only side to have stopped Depor from notching a first-half goal this season and Pepe Mel's side continued their trend for bagging before the break in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Alaves.

On that occasion Luisinho broke the deadlock, while in the 2-1 loss to Betis Fede Cartabia scored after 23 minutes.

Super Depor notched twice in the first half against both Levante and Sociedad, while even the Real Madrid game saw Mel's men hit a respectable six shots on target across the 90 minutes.

Florin Andone and returning goalscoring hero Lucas Perez, who was barely given a chance by Arsenal before going back to La Coruna, give the visitors enough of a forward threat to trouble Espanyol.

The Catalans grabbed their first clean sheet of the season in Thursday's goalless stalemate at Villarreal in what was a fine result for Quique Sanchez Flores's outfit.

However, they were hammered on expected goals with Villarreal winning the xG comfortably with a rating of more than two.

Recommendation
Deportivo over 0.5 first-half goals
1pt 8-5 Betfair

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