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  • 24 November 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla
  • Referee: Jesús Gil
  • • Attendance: 48500
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Real Betis - Real Madrid Preview: Los Merengues seek sixth straight Liga victory

Real Betis - Real Madrid Preview: Los Merengues seek sixth straight Liga victory

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Jose Mourinho's side travel to Seville knowing they cannot afford to lose any more ground in the title race, with a crucial derby against city rivals Atletico Madrid looming

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL BETIS

Adrian
Nelson, Dorado, Amaya, Martinez
Canas, Benat
Pozuelo, Sevilla, Juan Carlos
Castro
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema

Real Betis defenders Paulao and Mario will miss Saturday's Primera Division clash with Real Madrid at the Benito Villamarin through injury.

Brazilian Paulao has been ruled out for four weeks after pulling his hamstring in the 5-1 defeat at Sevilla last weekend, while Mario is expected to be on the sidelines for a similar length of time with a calf problem.

Striker Jonathan Pereira (ankle) should be available but midfielder Ruben Perez is suspended after being sent off in the Seville derby.

Mesut Ozil is likely to return to the Real Madrid starting XI after being an unused substitute in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

But striker Gonzalo Higuain is not yet fully fit with a hamstring problem which has kept the Argentine sidelined for the last two weeks.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Betis have won just three of their last nine matches in all competitions (W3, D1, L5).
  • Los Verdiblancos have lost their last four encounters with Real Madrid with an aggregate score of 5-15.
  • Betis' last home Liga win over Real Madrid was a 2-1 success in February 2008.
  • Real Madrid have won their last five Liga matches and are unbeaten in their last eight.
  • With only nine goals conceded, the Castilian side boast the joint-best defensive record in the Primera Division.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) needs to score three more times to overtake Paco Gento's tally of 126 goals and become the sixth all-time highest goal scorer for Madrid in La Liga.

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Available Squads
-Adrián San Miguel Del CastilloGoalkeeper
4AmayaDefender
5DoradoDefender
36Álex MartínezDefender
-ÁngelDefender
7BeñatMidfielder
-Salva SevillaMidfielder
26Juan CarlosMidfielder
21José CañasStriker
17Salvador AgraStriker
24Rubén CastroStriker
13CastoGoalkeeper
23NachoMidfielder
24PozueloMidfielder
20N. IgieborMidfielder
8NonoStriker
11Joel CampbellStriker
19Jorge MolinaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
19Luka ModricMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
21MorataStriker
Players to Watch
Beñat
Beñat
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
23 1 4 0
The 25-year-old midfielder will have the key role of distributing the ball to the forward line and shielding the back four. With Real Madrid likely to dominate possession, Benat - who is reportedly a January transfer target for Manchester City - will be under pressure to cover plenty of ground.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
30 31 4 1
The Portugal captain looked a menace every time he received the ball against Manchester City on Wednesday and was unlucky not to score in the first half. Ronaldo will be keen to get back amongst the goals after netting just once in his last five matches for Madrid.
Prediction
Real Betis will look to produce a response after the thrashing at the hands of arch-rivals Sevilla, but they need a drastic improvement against Real Madrid, who are clicking into gear splendidly.
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