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  • 30 September 2012
  • • 18:50
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
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Real Madrid – Deportivo La Coruna Preview: Los Merengues aim to continue revival after rocky start to season

Real Madrid – Deportivo La Coruna Preview: Los Merengues aim to continue revival after rocky start to season

Real Madrid - Vs Millonarios

Jose Mourinho’s side could be 11 points adrift of Barcelona by the time they kick off against the Galicians and will know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Essien, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Higuain
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA

Aranzubia
Pablo, Aythami, Marchena, Evaldo
Dominguez, Aguilar
Gama, Valeron, Pizzi
Oliveira

Real Madrid have a fully fit squad for Sunday’s Primera Division encounter with Deportivo La Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Left-back Fabio Coentrao is available after completing his four-match ban and may start, while out-of-favour midfielder Kaka could feature after netting a hat-trick against Millonarios in the Santiago Bernabeu trophy on Wednesday.

Deportivo boss Jose Luis Oltra has no fresh injury concerns, with defender Aythami expected to start despite suffering an injury scare in training.

On-loan striker Nelson Oliveira may make his first start for the club in place of Riki, who has been hampered by a nasal fracture.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid are on a 14-match unbeaten run at home in La Liga.
  • The Castilian side are languishing in seventh place in the Primera Division, just one point above Deportivo La Coruna.
  • Xabi Alonso (pictured right) is the only outfield player at Madrid to have played every minute of every match this season.
  • Deportivo La Coruna are on a four-match winless run in La Liga (D3, L1).
  • The Galicians have lost on their last six visits to the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Deportivo’s last victory at the Bernabeu was a 1-0 success in October 2004.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
1Dani AranzubiaGoalkeeper
2Manuel PabloDefender
22EvaldoDefender
-Zé CastroDefender
24Carlos MarchenaDefender
4Alex BergantiñosMidfielder
28Juan DomínguezMidfielder
14A. AguilarMidfielder
9PizziStriker
-RikiStriker
16Bruno GamaStriker
13Germán Darí­o LuxGoalkeeper
23AythamiDefender
15LaureDefender
26Andre Santos Midfielder
18Javi CamuñasMidfielder
-ValerónMidfielder
25Nélson OliveiraStriker
Players to Watch
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Despite giving the impression that he is unhappy at Madrid, the Portugal star’s performances on the pitch, which have produced six goals in eight matches, do not seem to have suffered. Madrid will need Ronaldo to play his part in a pivotal week, which sees them travel to Ajax in the Champions League before a Clasico meeting with Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Nélson Oliveira
Nélson Oliveira
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The highly-rated Benfica loanee may finally be handed his first start for Deportivo after putting in some lively performances as a substitute. With two goals already under his belt this season, Oliveira could cause problems for the Madrid backline, which has been susceptible to counter-attacks.
Prediction
It is hard to see this turning into anything other than a comfortable win for the hosts, who will be determined to grab the three points. Deportivo are not the strongest defensively and for them, it could be a case of damage limitation.
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