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La Liga Preview: Deportivo La Coruna-Real Madrid

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DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA

Aranzubia
Silvio, Marchena, Ze Castro, Ayoze
Bergantinos, Assuncao
Gama, Aguilar, Pizzi
Riki

REAL MADRID

Lopez
Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo
Essien, Modric
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo
Higuain


Deportivo La Coruna welcomes back defender Carlos Marchena from suspension for the Liga encounter with Real Madrid at the Riazor.

Left back Ayoze has recovered from a thigh injury and could make his first start since December, but Aythami (hamstring), Laure (groin) and Manuel Pablo (suspension) are all sidelined.

Alvaro Arbeloa, Luka Modric and Gonzalo Higuain return for Madrid after serving a ban, but Sergio Ramos is ruled out after his red card against Rayo Vallecano.

Boss Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his squad with one eye on Tuesday's Copa del Rey semifinal second leg against Barcelona.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Deportivo La Coruna is on a five-match losing streak in La Liga.

  • The Galician outfit has conceded 54 goals in its 24 Liga matches, more than any other club.

  • Deportivo has won just three home games in all competitions this season (W3, D3, L6).

  • Real Madrid has won just one of its last six away matches across all competitions (W1, D2, L3).

  • Los Merengues have registered wins in five of their last six meetings with Deportivo.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has found the net eight times in his last five Liga matches.

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