Real Madrid vs. Deportivo: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 13: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts after failing to score during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 13, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid host struggling Deportivo La Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday, hoping to reduce an embarrassing 19-point gap to La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Champions Real have slipped to fourth amid growing doubts about the futures of manager Zinedine Zidane and star forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, Depor are in the bottom three and struggling for goals.

Before a look at the team news, here are the schedule and viewing details:

           

Date: Sunday, January 21

Time: 3:15 p.m. GMT/10:15 a.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports Football, beIN Sports

Live Stream: Sky GobeIN Sports CONNECT

         

Ronaldo reportedly wants a return to former club Manchester United, per Spanish source AS (h/t Toby Gannon of The Sun). Sky Sports' Guillem Balague believes Los Blancos could countenance his desire to leave but stressed the Red Devils may not be keen on the financial package needed to sign the soon-to-be 33-year old.

However, Ronaldo's manager isn't enamoured with the idea of losing his best player. Per Husmukh Kerai of Sky Sports, Zidane said: "I cannot imagine Cristiano going anywhere else. He is at his club, where he should be. Everyone loves him here."

Under-fire manager Zidane wants Ronaldo to stay.
Under-fire manager Zidane wants Ronaldo to stay.Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Los Blancos still need the Portugal international, particularly as Gareth Bale continues to deal with injury issues and Karim Benzema is recovering from a leg muscle problem.

What Zidane's squad also needs is for skipper Sergio Ramos to return from a calf injury and strengthen the heart of defence. 

The defender was missed in the last league game, a 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal. Nacho filled in for the Spain international alongside Raphael Varane, but Los Merengues missed the 31-year-old's savvy and power in the air.

In all honesty, Real may get by without Ramos against a Deportivo side that has scored just 11 goals, the fewest in Spain's top flight. The visitors will again count on Arsenal loanee Lucas Perez to provide an attacking threat, but the forward has only found the net four times since returning to the club in the summer.

Perez has struggled for goals during his second spell in Deportivo.
Perez has struggled for goals during his second spell in Deportivo.fotopress/Getty Images

Romania international Florin Andone is an attacker who can cause any team problems on his day. However, it's tough to imagine Depor will have enough firepower to keep pace with even a disgruntled Ronaldo.

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