Deportivo La Coruna-Real Madrid Preview: Mourinho's side target third straight Liga win

Deportivo La Coruna welcome 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 semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

  • The Galician outfit have conceded 54 goals in their 24 Liga matches, more than any other club.
  • Deportivo have won just three home games in all competitions this season (W3, D3, L6).
  • Real Madrid have won just one of their 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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