The visit of Deportivo La Coruna to the Bernabeu on Sunday afternoon provides Real Madrid with an excellent chance to produce the sparkling performance that their fans have been waiting a while to see.
Since their 5-0 demolition of Sevilla in La Liga on 9 December, Los Blancos have failed to produce an emphatic showing and while they won their Copa del Rey quarter final first leg 1-0 on Thursday night at Leganes with a late goal, it was an underwhelming game from Zinedine Zidane's side.
Depor, meanwhile, have slipped into the relegation zone after a run of just one win in their last ten games and their recent record against Real Madrid does not indicate that things will get any better for the Galicians this weekend.
Real Madrid have won each of their last nine matches against Depor scoring 36 goals in the process and dabblebet offer them at 2/15 (1.13) to claim three points on Sunday.
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Centre-back Jesus Vallejo went off injured for Real Madrid on Thursday night and is unavailable, although captain Sergio Ramos could make his first appearance of the year, with Karim Benzema also in the running for his first appearance in 2018.
For Depor, Argentine midfielder Fede Cartabia remains a long term absentee after being operated on in December.
Hosts to make a strong start
In the last few league matches Real Madrid have been starting well yet failing to capitalise on their dominance, and Zidane will be hoping his side can take their chances on Sunday afternoon.
Depor's poor away record and weak showing against Madrid in recent years will mean they are extremely low on confidence, lower even than their opponents, and Los Blancos will need to take advantage.
Madrid are averaging as many shots per game this season as they were last term but they have lacked a clinical edge in their finishing, something they can remedy against a defensively poor Depor side.
Tips and predictions
Real Madrid have scored the most first half goals in La Liga this season, while no team has conceded more goals in the opening 45 minutes than Depor, meaning the price of 11/8 (2.38) for the hosts to win the first half by two goals or more appeals.