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  • November 30, 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Valladolid

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Valladolid

Cristiano Ronaldo sat out Wednesday's Champions League win over Galatasaray with a thigh injury and will not make his return to action this weekend.

Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo again for Saturday's Liga clash with Valladolid at the Bernabeu.

The Portugal star missed the Champions League clash with Galatasaray on Wednesday with a thigh injury, but his absence was not felt as Carlo Ancelotti's side cruised to a 4-1 win despite the dismissal of Sergio Ramos.

Ronaldo is out this weekend, while Ancelotti also will not be able to call upon Sami Khedira (knee) or Fabio Coentrao (thigh). Raphael Varane trained away from the first-team squad after the Galatasaray win as he steps up his comeback from a knee ailment.

Madrid scored for a Champions League record 30th consecutive game Wednesday and will take even more confidence from winning all but one of its games on home soil this season. Angel di Maria capped his first start since Nov. 2 with a crisp finish from inside the penalty area for Madrid's third against the Turkish side, and is hopeful to have done enough to remain in Ancelotti's thoughts.

The Argentina winger said: "I'm happy because things are more complicated when you're not playing and you want to prove every time you play with the team that you’re there to help. We're in form and things are going well for us. We have to continue growing as a group. We have a big squad and it works out well whoever plays."

Valladolid playmaker Patrick Ebert, who has scored three and assisted another four goals this season, is suspended and therefore unavailable to coach Juan Ignacio Martinez, who will also have to make do without injured midfield duo Oscar Gonzalez and Victor Perez.

Striker Javi Guerra has scored seven goals in 14 outings this season and the 30-year-old refused to dismiss his side's chances of springing a surprise when it travels to the Spanish capital.

"We are going forward, wanting to do so well on a big stage," he told the club's official website. "We are eager and motivated, we will play without fear and hopefully make Madrid uncomfortable. On paper, it is clear that they are superior, we know that it will be very difficult, but in football nothing is impossible."

Valladolid last beat Madrid in November 2008, but excitement can be expected with the sides' last six meetings yielding a total of 26 goals.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Madrid

Real Valladolid

Wins
4
1
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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
Draw
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol VLD
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol Real Valladolid
92%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
5 - 0
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol VLD
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
4 - 0
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol VLD
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
4 - 1
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol VLD

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