Deportivo La Coruña vs Real Madrid: Match preview
Real Madrid will kick-start their 2017-18 La Liga campaign on Sunday with an away trip to A Coruña. The reigning Spanish champions have started their season a bright note after defeating Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup and FC Barcelona in the Supercopa de España.
The Los Blancos will, however, travel without their ace Cristiano Ronaldo, who is suspended for the next four league games for shoving the referee during the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Gareth Bale could feature in the starting 11, and Zidane expects the Welshman to stay in the Spanish capital and play a key role for the champions. Deportivo are confident of striking a deal for Arsenal striker Lucas Pérez, who appears surplus to requirements at the Emirates. First-choice striker Florin Andone is a doubtful due to a groin injury. Carles Gil is unlikely to participate, having trained alone with the fitness coach due to his own groin problem.
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Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time: 16:15 (ET), 21:15 (BST), 22:15 (CEST), 01:45(next day) (IST)
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Riazor, A Coruña, Spain
TV Channel: Sky Sports Football (UK), beIN Sports (USA), Sony Ten 2 (India)
Last meeting: Deportivo 2-6 Real Madrid (27 April – La Liga)
Injuries and suspensions are few and far between for both sides, although Ronaldo’s absence is a blow that threatens to stunt Real. Deportivo coach Pepe Mel has said that he would be happy with a goalless draw against Real Madrid at the weekend. Young centre-back Jesus Vallejo will also be absent for Sunday’s visitors because of injury, although he may not have been pencilled in to feature anyway, with Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Nacho Fernandez ahead of him in the pecking order. Mel, who is hoping to sign Lucas Perez from Arsenal, could be without striker Florian Andone for this match as the Romanian is suffering from a muscle strain in his left leg. Another of their stars in the playmaking department, Emre Colak, will also be missing after picking up his fifth yellow card of the 2016-17 season on the closing day, meaning he will serve a one-match ban against Real.
— RC Deportivo (@RCDeportivo) 19 August 2017
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Asensio, Benzema
Deportivo de La Coruna: Ruben; Fabian Schar, Juanfran, Sidnei; Cartabia, Guilherme, Borges, Mosquera, Luisinho, Gama; Andone