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La Liga Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Karim Benzema should be high on confidence after ending a poor run of goalscoring form by bagging a brace against Dortmund on Wednesday.

The hosts haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last five competitive matches, but are unbeaten in their last 26 La Liga outings, which is quite the record.

Deportivo have won just one of their last 19 away games in La Liga, but last match showed that the unexpected can happen due to the offensive talent they have on offer.

Team News

Real Madrid – Toni Kroos and Alvaro Morata only returned to first-team action in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund during the week, and may not be risked from the off.

Pepe could rotate in for Raphael Varane at centre-back, with Danilo doing the same at right-back in place of Dani Carvajal.

Mateo Kovacic will compete with Casemiro to provide a more defensive force in midfield, with Isco perhaps getting a chance from the start after sitting on the bench on Wednesday.

Deportivo La Coruna – No changes are expected from Garitano from earlier in the week, as Deportivo romped to a surprise 5-1 win over in-form Real Sociedad.

Florin Andone will lead the line after scoring twice last time out, with Ryan Babel providing a goal threat from out on the left-hand side for the hosts.

Carles Gil is expected to feature on the right, especially as Bruno Gama is still injured, with Fernando Navarro preferred to Luisinho at left-back.

Match Facts

Real Madrid have won 17 of their last 20 home matches in La Liga.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 20 of Real Madrid’s last 23 home games (La Liga).

Real Madrid have won their last 9 home matches against Deportivo in all competitions.

Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 17 of their last 20 home matches (La Liga).

Real Madrid have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 6 home matches against Deportivo in all competitions.

Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 matches against Deportivo in all competitions.

Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Deportivo in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Deportivo’s last 3 La Liga games .

Deportivo have failed to win their last 7 away matches (La Liga).

Deportivo have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches in La Liga.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Real Madrid 1.07 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Deportivo La Coruna has 21.87 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 10.93.

La Liga Match Preview : Osasuna vs Barcelona

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Osasuna have lost their last four competitive games, even falling to defeats to the relegation-tipped likes of Sporting Gijon and Granada of late.

The hosts have scored just one goal across that period, and are yet to pick up a victory at El Sadar since returning to La Liga this season.

Barcelona have drawn their last three matches within the borders of Spain, dropping points in the league against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, and coming up short in Copa del Rey action against Hercules.

Team News

Osasuna – Osasuna have no more absentees to worry about, with Javier Flano and Didier Digard the only men on the treatment table for the hosts.

Oriol Riera should feature up top as a target man, but a usual partner for the ex-Wigan forward could be sacrificed in search of a more defensive system. Naija and Bet