Real Madrid make one last push with a hope to snatch the La Liga title from their arch rivals Barcelona, when they face Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor on Saturday evening.
Real Madrid are a point behind Barcelona, which means neither of the teams can afford to drop points on the final matchday. However, if Real fail to win here, they can even drop to third in the league standings, provided Atletico win their match against Celta Vigo.
Deportivo are 13th in the league and there is nothing left for them to play for. The 2-0 away win at Villarreal was their first after going winless for six matches. Moreover, this is a team marred with inconsistency, who had squandered their good work in the first half of the season.
Deportivo La Coruna had won just twice in their last 21 matches in Spanish La Liga 2015/16. Their form in the last five matches is W-L-D-L-D.
They are on a 3 match losing streak at home and failed to score in the last two conceding 13 goals; 8 of which came against Barcelona on 20th April 2016. Deportivo have won just once in their last 10 home games.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in the last 11 matches winning run in the league. Their last defeat came against city rivals Atletico Madrid on 27th February 2016.
Madrid are on a 6 match winning streak away from home and are unbeaten in their last 10.
Deportivo: Team News
Germán Lux, Fabricio and Juan Domínguez are out with injuries for Deportivo La Coruna. While Juanfran is a doubt and Laure is set to start if he fails fitness in time.
Celso Borges and Fernando Navarro are back after serving their suspension and are set for a start here.
Deportivo: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Manu – Juanfran, Sidnei, Arribas, Navarro – Fajr, Borges, Mosquera, Cartabia – Alberto, Perez.
Real Madrid: Team News
Lucas Vázquez is the only confirmed absentee for the Los Blancos, who is out with a knee injury.
Gareth Bale hasn’t fully recovered from knee problem, but is expected to star here.
Real Madrid: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Navas – Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo: Kroos, Casemiro, Modric – Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema.
Deportivo vs Real Madrid: Head-to-Head
Real Madrid are unbeaten in the last 10 La Liga matches against Deportivo La Coruna, with 9 wins and 1 draw.
Madrid have scored 17 goals in their last 3 matches against Deportivo and conceded just 2; also clean-sheets in the last 2.
While playing at Riazor, Deportivo haven’t won against Real in their last four. The last match they hosted Real, they succumbed to a massive 8-2 defeat on September 2014.
The first leg clash between the two sides this season end in a 5-0 win for the Los Blancos.
Deportivo vs Real Madrid: Prediction
Real Madrid haven’t lost to Deportivo since 2009 and their best result since then is a 0-0 draw in 2011. The Los Blancos are in excellent form and are expected to finish their season strongly.
Deportivo earned a surprise away win over Villarreal last weekend, but they must do much better to prevent a goal glut from Ronaldo and company. The Los Blancos edged narrow wins in their last two away matches, 3-2 against Rayo Vallecano and 1-0 Real Sociedad. Despite this, they are expected to win here by a bigger margin.
My prediction for this match is a 4-1 win for Real Madrid and they might well fall short of Barcelona in the points table.