La Liga Preview: Real Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna
Real Madrid wouldn't find a better opponent than Deportivo whom they thrashed 8-2 at Riazor at the beginning of the season, to get back to winning terms after their dismal derby defeat
Madrid’s 4-0 thrashing by Atletico Madrid is their heaviest defeat since 5-0 loss to Barcelona in 2010. As they return to Bernabeu this weekend, they face Deportivo whom they had beaten in their last 8 home matches. Real’s defeat last weekend also ailed in reducing their lead against Barcelona to just one point and failing to win today may put an end to life at the top of table for more than 100 days.
Deportivo on the other side will comes to the match on the back of back to back wins. More encouragement will be their form since the start of year 2015, where they had only lost once in 6 matches and the loss came in the hands on Barcelona. Victor Fernández, the Deportivo boss may know it well that there wont be a better time to pile pressure on Madrid who has been also been rocked by unwanted off-field dramas.
Head to Head Stats
During their last 6 encounters irrespective of the venue, Madrid has won 5 times.
Madrid’s are unbeaten against Deportivo La Coruna since 9 matches in all competitions.
Deportivo’s last win against Real came on September 2008.
Last time the two met at Riazor, the match ended 8-2 in favor of Real, where Ronaldo went on to score a hat-trick.
Real Madrid at Home against Deportivo
Real Madrid have won their last 7 home matches against Deportivo in all competitions.
Last 3 games had produced 18 goals, 14-4 in favour favour of Real.
During the last 19 home games against Deportivo, Real had lost only once. There has been 2 draws while Real wrapped up 16 wins.
Deportivo’s only win against Real at Bernabeu was in November 2004 which ended 1-0.
News from Madrid suggests that Pepe had returned to training on Thursday, but is still uncertain if he will be handed a start at the weekend. It is almost certain that Ancelotti will once again line up young Nacho at the center of the back with Varane. Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Sami Khedira, James Rodriguez and Fabio Coentrao will all miss due to injuries.
Meanwhile Deportivo are without the service of Diogo Salomao, Sidnei Rechel, Jose Rodriguez, Luis Farina and Helder Postiga.
Depor’s away form this season has been terrible and had netted only 6 away goals all season. Defense remains a worry for Real, but one may feel the fire power in the attack could see them through. The match guarantee more than 3 goals with Real winning by a healthy margin.