Just a few weeks ago, Cordoba looked down and out, though a sudden turnaround has given them a fighting chance of beating the drop. Sunday’s visitors come into this fixture having won each of their last two, while they’ve now lost just two of their last seven. Beating a Reus side who’ve been more than useful on their own patch of late won’t be easy, though their recent form will at least have given the visitors a much-needed confidence boost ahead of this important game.
Unlike Cordoba, who’re fighting for their lives, the hosts have little to play for. Having won three of their previous five prior to last weekend’s defeat against Granada, Reus have confirmed their safety, so the pressure is now off as far as Aritz López Garai’s men are concerned. Maybe they will take their foot off the gas in this fixture and thus leave the door open for the desperate visitors or maybe the lack of pressure will allow them to thrive.
Deportiu may have nothing to play for in this fixture, though they’re unlikely to roll over. The visitors must attack in this match, so the hosts should be able to take their time before hitting on the break. With the way this match is likely to pan out, ‘Both Teams to Score’ really catches the eye.
For Cordoba, this is a big opportunity. If the visitors win here, then they’ll all but guarantee their safety, though a loss could be catastrophic. Having thrived since getting on the front foot in recent weeks, the away side are expected to attack on Sunday. After all, such tactics have paid dividends in recent weeks, while the hosts have conceded in each of their last two at home, as well as in three of their last four overall.
Scoring goals on the road hasn’t often been a problem for the visitors, who’ve notched at least once in each of their last seven away matches. They’ll come forward on Sunday and will, at the very least, create opportunities. However, given that they do tend to get forward, it’s no surprise that Cordoba have conceded in each of their last four on their travels. What’s more, Cordoba have kept a clean sheet in just two of their 20 away matches this season.
As the visitors are likely to throw everything they have at this one, the hosts will indeed be looking to counter against a typically open Cordoba side. Keeping this in mind, a relatively open encounter could easily unfold at Estadi Municipal. Given the recent scoring record of both, coupled with the circumstances, backing ‘Both Teams to Score’ makes plenty of appeal at the current prices.
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Having won each of the previous three renewals, including when coming out on top by five goals to nil earlier in the campaign, Cordoba have a 100% record in this fixture.
David Querol is out for the Reus, while Jesus Olmo is out suspended. Aside from that, the hosts are without concern.
Cordoba have just one fitness concern ahead of this match. Alejandro Alfaro could continue to be out, while Bruno Montelongo is banned.