After the draw in El Clasico last week, Real Madrid restarts their title hunt when they welcome struggling La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna at Santiago Bernabeu this Saturday.
Real Madrid is almost without a stain at the moment as they are yet to lose a single match this season. The Whites are currently leading the La Liga table with 34 points, six points above their title rivals Barcelona. During the mid-week’s 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, a new success is added to Zinedine Zindane’s illustrious short career as the Los Blancos equaled the unbeaten 34-games club record.
On the contrary, Deportivo is lingering on the wrong side of the table with 13 points from 14 matches. In the last match, however, they won 5-1 against Real Sociedad, which is their first win in recent eight matches. Playing against Real Madrid at the moment should be hugely difficult for the away side.
Real Madrid has always dominated Deportivo whenever they have played. The home side has a clean sweep in terms of recent records, winning all their previous six encounters against Deportivo.
Team News: Real Madrid
Real Madrid has been incredibly unlucky when it comes to injury to their key players. Gareth Bale suffered an ankle injury in a La Liga match, which has ruled him out for a period of at least four months.
However, Real Madrid’s dressing room is elated that the midfielder Toni Kroos has come to first-team action after recovering from his broken metatarsal. The German midfielder gave a cameo in 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund in mid-week’s Champions League clash.
Striker Alvara Morata has fully recovered from his knock, and he is a key member in Zindeine Zidane’s title quest this season.
Defender Pepe could make a comeback in the team after recovering from his back injury.
French international Karim Benzema has finally shown some glimpses of best form as he scored his team’s goals against Dortmund. He likely would partner up with Real Madrid’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to break apart Deportivo’s defensive wall.
Real Madrid: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Navas – Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Vasquez, Ronaldo, Benzema
Team News: Deportivo
Gaizka Garitano’s men were stunning in last week’s 5-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad. Hence, no major changes are expected in the team that will face Real Madrid this Saturday.
Striker Florin Andone will be leading the attack for the away side after scoring twice in the last match. Charles Gil and Ryan Babel are likely to provide goal threats from the wings.
The likes of Bruno Grama and Laure will miss the match due to their hamstring and calf injuries, respectively.
Deportivo: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Tyton – Navarro, Sidnei, Juanfran, Albentosa – Borges, Guilherme – Colak, Gil, Babel – Andone
Real Madrid vs. Deportivo: Head-to-Head
Total games: 24
Real Madrid wins: 15
Deportivo wins: 7
Real Madrid vs. Deportivo: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the match will be live on fuboTV, beIN SPORTS en Espanol, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., and beIN SPORTS USA. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.
Real Madrid vs. Deportivo: Prediction
Real Madrid looks absolutely unbeatable at the moment as the Whites are yet to lose a match. Although they come to this fixture with two draws in a row, against Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, they have enough firepower in their team to overpower the minnows of La Liga, Deportivo.
Deportivo’s travel to the Santiago Bernabeu could possibly be their toughest trip so far. They are sure to be bombarded with waves of attacks by Real Madrid’s lethal attackers. It will be very difficult for the away side to get something out of this match.
Real Madrid is the huge favorite to win this tie, and a high number of goals are expected from the Bernabeu outfits.
Final predicted score: Real Madrid 4-0 Deportivo.
Real Madrid vs. Deportivo: Betting Tips and Odds
- Real Madrid win: 1/12
- A draw: 9/1
- Deportivo win: 22/1
- Under 2.5 goals: 3/1
- Over 2.5 goals: 1/5
- Both teams score: 8/11
- Both teams fail to score: evens
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Real Madrid is 34 games unbeaten in all competitive matches.
- Real Madrid has won 10 and drawn four out of their 14 La Liga matches this season.
- Real Madrid has emerged victorious in 17 of their 2o La Liga home matches.
- Real Madrid has scored 23 goals in last six matches against Deportivo.
- Deportivo has lost their nine consecutive matches at Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions.
- Deportivo has failed to score in last three matches against Real Madrid.
The Real Madrid vs. Deportivo stats were provided by Whoscored.
Real Madrid vs. Deportivo: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking at this link. The link will be updated just before kickoff.
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