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Primera División

  • January 20, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 40000
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La Liga Preview: Valencia - Real Madrid

La Liga Preview: Valencia - Real Madrid

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Ernesto Valverde's side will have revenge on its mind after it was aggrieved by the manner of its loss to the Castilian giant in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA

Alves
Barragan, Rami, R Costa, Guardado
Gago, T Costa
Piatti, Banega, Jonas
Soldado
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo
Higuain

Valencia duo Daniel Parejo and Joao Pereira will sit out Sunday's Primera Division clash against Real Madrid through suspension.

Sergio Canales (knee) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) are also unavailable, while captain David Albelda and defender Victor Ruiz are doubts.

Los Che boss Ernesto Valverde will serve a touchline ban after he was sent off in the 2-0 Copa del Rey defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is back from suspension for Madrid, along with goalkeeper Antonio Adan, who could replace Iker Casillas between the sticks.

Kaka and Sergio Ramos serve bans, while defender Pepe is sidelined through injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia has won seven of its last nine matches in all competitions.
  • Los Che have failed to beat Real Madrid in their last eight head-to-head meetings, losing six.
  • Fernando Gago (pictured, right) made 119 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2011, scoring one goal.
  • Real Madrid has won just one of its last six away matches across all competitions (W1, D2, L3).
  • The Castilian giant is on a three-match winning streak at the Mestalla.
  • Gonzalo Higuain has scored five times at Mestalla, making him the second-highest scoring Madrid player away at Valencia after Alfredo Di Stefano (six).

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Available Squads
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
18Víctor RuizDefender
20Ricardo CostaDefender
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
11Pablo PiattiStriker
30GuaitaGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
19BarragánDefender
44Juan BernatMidfielder
-Jonathan VieraStriker
18Haedo ValdézStriker
16CanalesMidfielder
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker

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