Deportivo vs Real Madrid by Jimeno
Deportivo La Coruna failed to impress further last time out after their 2:0 victory at home over Malaga, as the team suffered narrow 1:0 loss on the road to Real Sociedad on Sunday evening. Only goal was scored in 28th minute via Willian Jose and it should be said that the home team overall looked better and the hosts did deserve the victory.
On the other hand, players from La Coruna did very little in attack and actually stood well in the defense since the visitors looked way more superior and concrete in the final effort. It was their fourth defeat in last six rounds of LaLiga, as the side stands at sixteenth position having eight points more than relegating placed Gijon and can probably play a bit more relaxed than the sides below them.
Andone will be leading their attack probably in 4-2-3-1 formation, with the help from Luisinho, Gil and Fajr as offensive midfielders. Carles Gil, Alejandro Arribas and Guilherme all return from bans and should be playing here. Injured remains midfielder Pedro Mosquera (21/3).
Real Madrid didn't manage to actually secure the title on Sunday evening, as the team welcomed second placed Barcelona and suffered 2:3 defeat, now being tied up with their biggest rivals on the table, but still having advantage since they have played a game less till now - however now going from must win to must win matches.
It was a very open and probably one of the best matches in recent year in Spanish League, that surely could have ended both ways, but this time Barcelona was a bit more concrete and luckier in the end needs to be said. They took the lead first in 28th minute via Casemiro, but Messi replied just five minutes less, with Rakitic bringing Barcelona into the lead in 73rd, while the home team stood playing with a man less in 77th when Sergio Ramos was red carded. Even though they played with a man lesss, Rodriguez brougth the equalizer back in 85th, but Barcelona managed to celebrate with the third goal scored by Messi in second minute of additional time.
Visitors will be playing in their usual 4-3-3 formation, using Vazquez and Asensio as wingers, plus Morata most likely as central striker. Central defender Sergio Ramos (23/7) is suspended for this one, while injured remains other central back, Pepe (13/2). Other central defender, Raphael Varane is doubtful for this one, while forward Gareth Bale also remains with problems and shouldn't be playing for all ninety minutes. Their manager Zinedine Zidane is expected to rotate here quite heavily.
- Real Madrid have won their last 8 matches against Deportivo.
- Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 8 matches against Deportivo.
Deportivo lost just one in last six matches at their stadium Riazor, however this game is much more important to Real Madrid. Even though the visiting side will miss few important players, the side has what it takes to get the victory against way more relaxed side. I expect strong respond after their defeat to Barcelona, even though they will not field their best starting XI.