La Liga Betting: Real Madrid to waltz past Deportivo



It's 100 not out for José Mourinho, though the 'out' is drawing closer by the day. His century of league games has not been acknowledged in the manner it should have been, given it has brought 76 wins - more than any other manager in the history of the club. This campaign's poor domestic run has certainly taken some of the gloss off, as has the feeling the Portuguese manager won't be in charge at the Bernabéu come the summer.

The media are lining them up to replace him. Le Parisien claims a verbal agreement has been reached between Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti, and it wouldn't be that surprising to see 'the special one' move in the opposite direction to PSG. Michael Laudrup is the fans' favourite: according to AS, 72% of supporters fancy the Swansea boss.

One team that has already changed managers is Deportivo de La Coruña, and although it's very early days, the difference has been minimal. New man in the hotseat Fernando Vázquez has the monumental task of keeping the once 'Super Depor' in the top flight, with the club currently eight points adrift of safety. Approaching this game he has drawn solace from the Italian giants' midweek result: "We will play them the same way Milan played Barcelona. You have to try and stop them playing football. If you try and go face-to-face with them, you'll lose."

Team news

For Depor, World Cup winner Carlos Marchena is available and will likely replace Portuguese centre-back Zé Castro, who was forced to retire from training on Wednesday. He will partner Kaká (not that one) in the heart of defence, while youngster Aythami Artiles is available after returning from a hamstring injury.

Real's two captains are missing; Iker Casillas has revealed he hopes to be back in a month, whilst Sergio Ramos is suspended once again. Álvaro Morata made his league debut last week and scored; he may start again with Mourinho unhappy with the weight and fitness of strikers Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín. Rotation will be high on the list of priorities with Barcelona approaching in the cup on Tuesday.

Form

Deportivo have won just once in their last 15 matches in all competitions. The 3-1 defeat to Sevilla was the first match at the helm for Vázquez, and it's a difficult opening spell with Barcelona coming up in a few weeks.

Ramos was sent-off for a double booking in the space of 42 seconds against Rayo Vallecano, and as Morata was sacrificed when down to ten men in the 27th minute, both goalscorers were off the pitch with not even a third of the game passed. Madrid still ran out 2-0 winners.

Recent head-to-head

It's nearly two years to the day that the sides last met at the Riazor, in a match that finished 0-0. Don't be expecting a similar scoreline this time; Deportivo's defending at times this season has been shambolic.

Goalscorer betting

Speculation over his long-term future persists, but Cristiano Ronaldo will happily punish a poor Depor defence. The forward is 2.50 for at least two goals or 6.00 to net another header. Riki has nine in 24 games for the Blanquiazules, and is a more rewarding 11.00 for the opening goal.

Verdict

They may have bigger games approaching, but Real Madrid will have more than enough to see off bottom side Deportivo. Even with their poor away form, the quality of the squad will shine through. Madrid to win is at 1.35.

Bonus bet

The worst defence in the league has conceded three goals in all of their last four matches. Their woes are unlikely to ease with the visit of the Champions. Over 2.5 goals can be found at 1.35.

Score prediction: Deportivo 0-3 Real Madrid (13.00)


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