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September 10, 2011 7:00 PM BST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 75000‎
Miku 39′
60′ (PG) Cristiano Ronaldo
Miku 74′

Real Madrid - Getafe Preview: Cristiano Ronaldo out to keep up incredible scoring streak against local rivals

The Portuguese superstar has scored at least two times every time he has faced Saturday's opponents, who are the first visitors to the Santiago Bernabeu this season

By Martin Macdonald

Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Real Madrid
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Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Carvalho, Pepe, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Coentrao; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema

Jose Mourinho looks set to field the team that defeated Real Zaragoza 6-0 in the opening game of the season. All players have returned from international duty to full training with no players in particular picking up injuries midweek. Fabio Coentrao may continue in the centre of the park after impressing in his La Liga debut. Both Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain scored for their respective countries in the midweek internationals but Mourinho will not want to disrupt the impressive start to the season from the Frenchman, who looks set to keep his place. Madrid's other summer recruits still look unlikely to be considered for action in the derby.

Getafe (4-5-1): Moya; Miguel Torres, Cata Diaz, Alex Perez, Masilela; Barada, Lacen, Rodriguez, Casquero, Rios; Miku

New coach Luis Garcia Plaza has a few selection problems ahead of the Madrid derby. The away side only have one fully fit recognised central defender in Cata Diaz. Mane, Alberto Lopo, Rafa and Albertazzi are all struggling with injuries. Young defender Alex Perez may be given the nod at the back with Masilela also coming in. The return of prodigal son Pedro Leon will have to wait as the on-loan Real Madrid man will not be allowed to play against his parent club. Plaza should continue with his five-man midfield in order to stop Madrid playing. The return of Daniel Guiza may also come later in the game as Manu should start after grabbing a goal in the first league game of the season.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (right) has scored at least two goals every time he has played Getafe
  • Real Madrid scored the most goals at home in La Liga last season, hitting the back of the net 61 times.

  • Madrid's biggest home victory last season in La Liga was a 7-0 win over newly cash-rich Malaga.

  • In this fixture last season,  Ronaldo attempted a shot on goal 11 times, and scored a hat-trick for his perseverance.

  • Getafe have undergone somewhat of a revolution in the summer, with 14 players arriving at the club and 11 leaving.

  • Pedro Leon and Daniel Guiza recently arrived at Getafe for their second spell with the club

  • Getafe's heaviest away defeat last season in La Liga was 4-0 and came at the hands of this week's opponents, Madrid.

  • Getafe finished fairly strongly in games last season in La Liga, having scored most of their goals between the 76th and 90th minute.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
33Raúl Albiol Defender
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
25Miguel MoyàGoalkeeper
18Peter Tsepo MasilelaDefender
6Cata DíazDefender
-Miguel TorresDefender
20Juan ValeraDefender
23Juan RodríguezMidfielder
22Francisco CasqueroMidfielder
8Pablo SarabiaMidfielder
14Pedro RíosStriker
3Michelangelo AlbertazziDefender
6Rubén PérezMidfielder
9Adrián ColungaStriker
-Dani GüizaStriker
Players to Watch
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
27 28 4 1
The world's most expensive player picked up a hat-trick on the opening day of the season and the Portuguese is showing no signs of letting up. The attacker has scored at least two goals every time he has played Getafe, and he was on fire last Friday for Portugal in the Euro 2012 qualifier, and don't be surprised if he grabs a few more in this derby.
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The forward led the line pretty well against Levante two weeks ago and scored his first goal of the season on the opening day. It will no doubt be a hard shift as the lone striker and he will need to fight and be prepared to drop back and help his team-mates defend.
Probable Lineups
Iker Casillas 1
Marcelo 12
Ricardo Carvalho 2
Pepe 3
Sergio Ramos 4
Cristiano Ronaldo 7
Xabi Alonso 14
Mesut Özil 11
Fabio Coentrao 5
Ángel Di María 22
Karim Benzema 9
Miguel Moyà 25
Peter Tsepo Masilela 18
Cata Díaz 6
Miguel Torres 0
Juan Valera 20
Juan Rodríguez 23
Lacen 6
Francisco Casquero 22
Pablo Sarabia 8
Miku 7
Pedro Ríos 14
Getafe coach Luis Garcia Plaza is likely set up his team with five men in midfield in an effort to stifle Real Madrid's play. However, with the fire power at the disposal of Jose Mourinho and their neighbours severely lacking in numbers in defence, expect Madrid to go on and score a few goals and get the victory comfortably.
Editor's Prediction
Getafe 0
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Atlético Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
17 0