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
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA
Silvio, Marchena, Ze Castro, Ayoze
Gama, Aguilar, Pizzi
Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo
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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Top 3 Predictions
Deportivo 0-4 Real Madrid CF
- 17.74 %
Deportivo 0-3 Real Madrid CF
- 10.55 %
Deportivo 1-3 Real Madrid CF
- 10.36 %
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Aug 29, 2013||Deportivo 0 - Real Madrid CF 4|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Feb 23, 2013||Deportivo 1 - Real Madrid CF 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Sep 30, 2012||Real Madrid CF 5 - Deportivo 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Feb 26, 2011||Deportivo 0 - Real Madrid CF 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 3, 2010||Real Madrid CF 6 - Deportivo 1|
|Nov 30, 2013||Deportivo 0 - Lugo 0||ESP2|
|Nov 24, 2013||Ponferradina 0 - Deportivo 1||ESP2|
|Nov 17, 2013||Deportivo 3 - Mallorca 1||ESP2|
|Nov 10, 2013||Recreativo 0 - Deportivo 1||ESP2|
|Nov 3, 2013||Deportivo 2 - Real Madrid Castilla 0||ESP2|
|13||Germán Darío Lux||Goalkeeper|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
With seven goals in 22 Liga appearances, the Portugal international has been one of Deportivo La Coruna's better performers this season. New Blanquiazules boss Fernando Vasquez will need Pizzi and Riki to continue producing the goods in front of goal if he is to perform a minor miracle and guide the struggling Galician club to safety.
The Argentine striker has been on the fringes of Real Madrid's first-team but looks set to get the nod in attack at the Riazor on Saturday. Higuain's loss of form is a major worry for Los Blancos, who have become increasingly reliant on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo to drag them out of trouble this season.
Real have effectively thrown in the towel in the title race, but they will have realistic hopes of catching up to city rivals Atletico Madrid, who are four points ahead in the table. Deportivo need to start picking up points from somewhere, but they have been all over the place defensively.
Times In BST
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed