Spanish champions Real Madrid will look to kick start their season as they host struggling Deportivo La Coruna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side will be strong favourites against a Depor who have won only two of their 12 La Liga games and sit just inside the bottom three.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – 20 January, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Real Madrid v Deportivo: Sky Sports, Unibet live streaming
Last time: Real Madrid triumphed 3-0 the last time the sides met, at Estadio Riazor on the first match day of the current campaign. Deportivo have lost ten games in a row against Madrid and have no wins and only one draw from their last 15 meetings.
Real Madrid v Deportivo Predictions and Preview
Saturday’s defeat at home to Villarreal left Madrid trailing league leaders Barcelona by 19 points with Zidane’s side dropping more points in this campaign after 18 matches than in the entirety of last season.
Now their league campaign is all about salvaging pride and in Deportivo, they host opponents who they have an incredibly strong recent record against.
Depor are in patchy form too and have secured only one point from their last four league outings in a run which has seen them drop into the league’s bottom three.
Despite their recent form – which has seen only one win in five in all competitions, and that was against second tier Numancia – Madrid are overwhelming favourites to win this tie.
Los Blancos are priced at 2/13 to collect all three points while an unlikely away victory is available at 20/1 with the draw at 10/1.
Both teams have suspect defences with both teams to score available at 9/11, with over 4.5 goals available at a tempting 11/8.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale has netted three goals in his last three outings since returning from injury and with four La Liga goals – is the club’s joint highest scorer in the league despite playing only 8 games. He is 4/7 to score anytime in this game.
One to watch for Deportivo: Romanian striker Florin Andone is the Depor danger man, with five league goals this season and 17 since joining from Cordoba in July 2016. Scored against Madrid last season and is priced at 13/4 to do so at any point in this clash.
Long shot: Deportivo led 2-1 in this fixture last season before two goals in the final five minutes rescued things for Madrid. For Depor to lead at half time before eventually losing – plausible giving both side’s recent form – is priced at 22/1.