Real Madrid - Racing Santander Preview: Los Blancos looking to extend 10-point lead at the top of La Liga
Jose Mourinho's men will be hoping for yet another comfortable victory at the Santiago Bernabeu as they look to close in on the league title, with rivals Barcelona trailing
By Luke Matthews
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Alvaro, Torrejon, Bernardo, Cisma
Arana, Adrian, Acosta
Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira could both be set to resume their roles in the Madrid first team after their recent return from injury, with Gonzalo Higuain and Esteban Granero set to make way.
Marcelo has shrugged off a knock and may be favoured at left-back over Fabio Coentrao, who deputised for the Brazilian during last weekend's 4-2 win over Levante.
While Lassana Diarra sat out of training on Thursday, the French midfielder is said to be fit for Saturday's encounter with Hamit Altintop (calf) the only real injury concern for Jose Mourinho.
Racinghave two major injury concerns going into the game with Manuel Colsa spraining his ankle and unlikely to feature, with Edu Bedia a strong candidate to replace him in midfield.
Jairo Samperio is also struggling for fitness so Lautaro Acosta expected to come into the team, with top scorer Christian Stuani in line to start the game upfront on his own.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid are currently on a run of seven wins on the bounce in La Liga, having not dropped a point since losing to Barcelona in December.
- Los Blancos could only imagine a 0-0 draw when they met Racing in September, the only league game this campaign where they have shared the spoils with another side.
- Real possess the two assist leaders in Liga this season with Angel Di Maria setting up 13 goals while Mesut Ozil has assisted 11 strikes.
- Racing are struggling this season and currently find themselves in the relegation zone, sitting in 18th place.
- Juanjo Gonzalez' men have picked up only one league win on the road all season, a 2-0 victory over Osasuna on January 15.
- Christian Stuani is the team's top scorer in the Primera Division, with a total of five goals.
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Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid 4-0 Racing Santander
- 16.67 %
Real Madrid 4-1 Racing Santander
- 13.21 %
Real Madrid 6-0 Racing Santander
- 12.21 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||18 Feb 2012||Real Madrid 4 - Racing Santander 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||21 Sep 2011||Racing Santander 0 - Real Madrid 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||6 Mar 2011||Racing Santander 1 - Real Madrid 3|
|La Liga (LIGA)||23 Oct 2010||Real Madrid 6 - Racing Santander 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||4 Apr 2010||Racing Santander 0 - Real Madrid 2|
|18 Dec 2013||Real Madrid 2 - CD Olímpic de Xàtiva 0||ESPC|
|14 Dec 2013||Osasuna 2 - Real Madrid 2||LIGA|
|10 Dec 2013||Copenhagen 0 - Real Madrid 2||UCL|
|7 Dec 2013||CD Olímpic de Xàtiva 0 - Real Madrid 0||ESPC|
|30 Nov 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|10||Pedro Munitis Álvarez||Striker|
|Ángel Di María|
The Argentine could be set to make his first start in Liga for Madrid this year after overcoming injury and the winger's return will be welcomed by his team-mates. The former Benfica man is leading the Primera Division assist table this season and will be looking to add to his tally this weekend.
Despite scoring only five league goals this campaign, the striker is his side's top scorer and will need to be at his best if he is to worry the Madrid defence. However Stuani and Co can take confidence from the fact that Levante grabbed two goals at the Bernabeu last weekend.
With Real Madrid in great form and scoring for fun at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, it is difficult to see anything other than a convincing victory for Jose Mourinho's men, especially with Racing struggling in the relegation zone.
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