Round 20 of La Liga marks the start of the second half of the season with both Real Madrid and Dep. La Coruna hoping to reverse their current poor form.
Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:
While Zinedine Zidane’s side have accumulated a three-match winless streak (LL), Deportivo are in need of a victory after picking up just one point in the last four matches (LL).
Disastrous home performances have kept Madrid in fourth place of the table. The ‘Merengues’ have only won 50% of their clashes played at the Santiago Bernabéu (W5, D2, L3) which is usually something unheard of!
With rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo willing to leave the club at the end of the season, as well as players linked to join Madrid (Neymar, Kane, Hazard…), coach Zidane talked about the Portuguese star: “I can’t imagine a Real Madrid without Cristiano”.
Even though there was an 18-year period in which Madrid were unable to win at the Riazor stadium, their record at the Bernabéu looks different, as the last time the Galician side won there was back in 2008 (2-1).
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Everyone is waiting for Cristiano Ronaldo to up his level. His goal scoring average is as low as it was in his very first season at Madrid in 2009. He’s scored only four goals in 1,156 minutes which is way below his usual astronomical standards.
Stat attack: Madrid would be on top of the LL table if only the first 45 minutes counted, but they would sit 11th if only looking at second halves.
Deportivo have only one clean sheet and one win as an away side. However, they have only failed to score in three of the nine away clashes which should make things interesting.
Real Madrid: S. Ramos (calf injury), J. Vallejo (thigh injury), L. Zidane (shoulder injury), K. Benzema (doubtful)
Deportivo La Coruna: J. Bicho (shoulder injury), F. Cartabia (doubtful), B. Gama (doubtful), G. Valentin (doubtful).