Under great distrust, Real Madrid opens this Sunday, January 21, their campaign in the second round of the Spanish Championship Edition 2017/2018. For the twentieth round, you will receive La Coruña at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in the Spanish capital. The start of the match is scheduled for 13:15 (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Real Madrid
Even when he wins Real Madrid can not please. It was so on Thursday, January 18th. As a visitor, he defeated Leganés 1-0 in the first match between the teams in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup. A new stumble was only prevented by a goal from Asensio in the final minutes of the second stage.
In the Spanish Championship, the Real managed to accumulate only one point in the last six that disputed. This left the team in an uncomfortable position on the leaderboard. With 32 points (nine wins, five draws and four losses), he is fourth. They are 19 points less than Barcelona, leader.
This difference practically makes the fans’ dream of achieving the national championship almost impossible. In addition, fourth place would still compel the Real, if it fails to reach the tri of the European Champions League, to play the qualifying round of the continental tournament next season.
The problems are not limited to the four lines. Cristiano Ronaldo, the club’s greatest player, would have received carte blanche from the directors to look for another club. He has long hinted that he intends to leave the club. So far, however, the top men have done their best to keep him. They seem to have grown tired of the player’s attitude and have shown the way out to the player who received the world’s best award last year.
All of this has burst in the hands of coach Zinedine Zidane, even after he has significantly increased the club’s trophy collection since taking office. Until news of a possible departure from the coach was disclosed.
The situation turns into a game that in theory would be considered easy, since the rival is in the relegation zone, in a challenge. After all, the fans will probably protest in case of poor performance of the team.
For the duel, Zidane probably will not be able to count on defenders Sérgio Ramos (13 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal) and Jesus Vallejo (three games, no goal); and striker Karim Benzema (12 games, two goals) who are in injury treatment.
The current form of La Coruña
The Galician team entered the relegation zone in the previous round having been defeated at home by Valencia by 2 to 1. The downward trend, however, had been noted before. In the last four games, La Corunã has managed only one point.
So he moved to eighteenth place on the leaderboard. He accumulated only 16 (four wins, four draws and 11 losses) points from the 57 played. This situation is not new. The team spent the entire previous season oscillating between the sticking region and positions near the relegation zone. He managed to escape only on the final days.
This year, its difficulties, which are large due to low financial strength and reduced investment capacity, have increased due to bruises. They are in treatment of injury the defender Gerard Valentin (two games in Spanish Championship 2017/2018, without goal); Javier Bicho (without performances) and Federico Cartabia (14 matches, two goals) and striker Bruno Gama (six games without a goal). This ends up further limiting the already meager options of coach Cristóbal Parralo.
History of the matches between Real Madrid and La Coruña
Real won their ten most recent matches against La Coruña, including the first-leg match of LaLiga’s current season, which finished 3-0. The team’s unbeaten run of the capital is even more extensive. He reaches 15 matches (14 wins and a draw). The most recent success of the Galician team happened in 2008. In Madrid, La Coruña has not won since 2004.
However bad the Real situation is, in both the four lines and behind the scenes, there is no escape from the option for meringues. The price for the constituents’ victory is 1.14 on Bet365. Draw returns 9.00. Success visitor multiplies the investment by 15.00. Prices in force at 17:55 on 1/19/2018.