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Deportivo La Coruna v Real Madrid Betting: Ramos-less Blancos to be stretched

12:45 BST 26/04/2017
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Barcelona
Zinedine Zidane's men will be without their captain as they try to bounce back and there is value backing a high-scoring first half at the Riazor

Having scored plenty of late goals themselves this season, Real Madrid succumbed to an injury-time Lionel Messi goal on Sunday as Barcelona won El Clasico 3-2 to open up the La Liga title race once more.

Los Blancos still have their destiny in their own hands, knowing that victory in their last six matches of the season would guarantee them a first league title since 2012, yet the pressure is now very much on Zinedine Zidane's team.

They head to the north coast on Wednesday evening to face a Deportivo La Coruña side against whom they scored one of their latest goals earlier this season. Sergio Ramos' 92nd-minute header earned Madrid a 3-2 win against the Galicians at the Bernabeu in their final league game of 2016 and on that occasion Depor proved stubborn opposition.

Indeed, Pepe Mel's side beat Barcelona 2-1 at the Estadio Riazor six weeks ago, and despite languishing 16th in the table, Deportivo boast the fourth best defensive home record in La Liga. In fact, the La Coruna outfit have conceded fewer goals in their own stadium than Real Madrid have, and while they do not have much to play for having pretty much guaranteed their survival for another season, they will want to give their fans something to cheer in their final big home game of the campaign. 

Madrid have won each of their last seven games against Depor and are offered at 2/5 (1.40) with Paddy Power to pick up another three points, while the hosts can be backed at 6/1 (7.00) and the draw is available at 7/2 (4.50) .

Prior to their Champions League quarter final second leg, Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti claimed "Real Madrid always score, but they also concede" and the former Los Blancos boss was correct in his assement.

Madrid are on a 56-match scoring run in all competitions, yet they have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 matches. Away from home in La Liga, they have kept just one clean sheet since September, and that came nine games ago in the Madrid derby last November.

The price of 8/13 (1.62) for both teams to score therefore is understandably short, yet a more attractive option could be investing in both teams to score in the first half at 11/4 (3.75) . This bet has paid out in four of Madrid's last seven away games in La Liga and looks to offer great value, given the visitors' capacity for both scoring and conceding.

Also well worthy of consideration is the price of 5/4 (2.25) for over 1.5 goals in the first half, a selection which has proved profitable in five of Madrid's last seven league games on the road.

Both teams to score in the first half at 11/4 (3.75) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power