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
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA
Pablo, Aythami, Marchena, Evaldo
Gama, Valeron, Pizzi
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.