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Primera División

  • 16 March 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  • • Attendance: 61000

Real Madrid-Mallorca Preview: Mourinho's side look to close gap on Barcelona

Real Madrid-Mallorca Preview: Mourinho's side look to close gap on Barcelona


Los Blancos climbed above city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Primera Division table with their win at Celta Vigo last Sunday and now have the Liga leaders in their sights

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is expected to start Saturday's clash against Mallorca after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Angel Di Maria is out with a hamstring problem and, along with long-term injury victim Iker Casillas, is the only confirmed absentee for the Santiago Bernabeu clash.

Midfielders Jose Luis Marti and Javi Marquez miss out for Mallorca through suspension, but Michael Pereira returns following a one-match ban.

On-loan defender Pedro Geromel has recovered from a hamstring problem and is likely to partner Jose Nunes in central defence.

  • Real Madrid are on a six-match winning run in all competitions.
  • Los Merengues are on a 36-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu across all competitions (W29, D7).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored 19 goals in 16 appearances for Madrid in 2013.
  • Mallorca have lost four of their last five matches away from home in La Liga.
  • The Islanders have lost six of their last seven encounters against Madrid.
  • Mallorca's last Liga win at the Bernabeu was a 3-1 success in May 2009.


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Available Squads
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
13Dudú AouateGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
5Tomás PinaMidfielder
23Fernando TissoneMidfielder
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
1Juan Calatayud SánchezGoalkeeper
4Anderson ConceiçãoDefender
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
7Michael PereiraMidfielder
16Tomer HemedStriker
Players to Watch
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
30 31 4 1
The Portugal star's 19 goals in 16 club appearances in 2013 marks his best ever start to a calendar year, bettering his previous best of 15 goals in 2012. Ronaldo will look to add to his 26 Liga goals this season as Real Madrid set about clawing back their 13-point deficit from Barcelona.
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 26-year-old winger scored both goals in the 2-1 win against former club Sevilla last Saturday to take Mallorca within two points of 17th-placed Real Zaragoza in the Liga standings. Alfaro will look to get the better of a Madrid backline that has failed to keep a clean sheet in its last five outings.
With no midweek fixture to distract them, Madrid will go all out to record a big win and put some pressure on Barcelona, who play on Sunday. Mallorca travel to the Bernabeu after back-to-back wins over Granada and Sevilla, but they will have to work very hard to subdue the home side's attacking threat.
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