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February 24, 2013 6:00 AM EST
Estadio Municipal de Riazor — A Coruña (La Coruña)
Referee:‬ Alfonso Álvarez‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
35′ Riki
Kaká 73′
 

Deportivo La Coruna-Real Madrid Preview: Mourinho's side target third straight Liga win

Los Blancos will be hoping their recent upturn in form continues when they take on the Primera Division's basement club on Saturday

By Karthick Arvinth

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA

Aranzubia
Silvio, Marchena, Ze Castro, Ayoze
Bergantinos, Assuncao
Gama, Aguilar, Pizzi
Riki
REAL MADRID

Lopez
Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo
Essien, Modric
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo
Higuain

Deportivo La Coruna welcome back defender Carlos Marchena from suspension for the Liga encounter with Real Madrid at the Riazor.

Left-back Ayoze has recovered from a thigh injury and could make his first start since December, but Aythami (hamstring), Laure (groin) and Manuel Pablo (suspension) are all sidelined.

Alvaro Arbeloa, Luka Modric and Gonzalo Higuain return for Madrid after serving a ban, but Sergio Ramos is ruled out after his red card against Rayo Vallecano.

Boss Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his squad with one eye on Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Deportivo La Coruna are on a five-match losing streak in La Liga.
  • The Galician outfit have conceded 54 goals in their 24 Liga matches, more than any other club.
  • Deportivo have won just three home games in all competitions this season (W3, D3, L6).
  • Real Madrid have won just one of their last six away matches across all competitions (W1, D2, L3).
  • Los Merengues have registered wins in five of their last six meetings with Deportivo.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has found the net eight times in his last five Liga matches.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Dani AranzubiaGoalkeeper
21AyozeDefender
28SilvioDefender
-KakáDefender
24Carlos MarchenaDefender
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
14A. AguilarMidfielder
-ValerónMidfielder
9PizziStriker
-RikiStriker
16Bruno GamaStriker
13Germán Darí­o LuxGoalkeeper
4Alex BergantiñosMidfielder
28Juan DomínguezMidfielder
18Javi CamuñasMidfielder
10Jesús VázquezMidfielder
22SalomãoMidfielder
25Nélson OliveiraStriker
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
22KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
1AdànGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
21MorataStriker
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
Players to Watch
Fernando Vázquez
Fernando Vázquez
Position: Manager/Coach
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Gonzalo Higuaín
Gonzalo Higuaín
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0