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  • 28 January 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez
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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Real Zaragoza

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Real Zaragoza

CL - Olympique Lyonnais v Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho's men will be hoping to bounce back from their Copa del Rey exit with another league win against a side who are struggling to pick up points


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID


Casillas
Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo
Diarra, Xabi Alonso
Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema


REAL ZARAGOZA


Roberto
Obradovic, Da Silva, Lanzaro, Paredes
Micael, Dujmovic, Apono, Lafita
Luis Garcia
Postiga



Real Madrid will be without Sami Khedira who is absent through an ankle injury, while Angel Di Maria is still missing with a knock. Jose Mourinho's men do not have any new absentees since their Copa del Rey exit midweek and Pepe looks set to continue to start in central defence.

The Portugal international will play alongside Sergio Ramos who is available for the game as his sending off versus Barcelona on Wednesday will only see him banned from the Copa del Rey.

Marcelo could come into the starting line-up at left-back while Jose Callejon may be given the nod ahead of Kaka in attack. Karim Benzema is expected to replace Gonzalo Higuain as Madrid's lone striker.

For Manolo Jimenez's side, there are no recent injury problems as Paulo da Silva is expected to continue at the heart of the defence after returning from a broken leg while Ivan Obradovic is set to feature at right-back.

The visitors are expected to name three players on-loan at the club in midfield - Apono, Ruben Micael and Tomislav Dujmovic, while Helder Postiga looks set to lead the line with support coming from Luis Garcia.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have been awarded nine penalties in the league this season, more than any other side.
  • Los Blancos have scored at least three goals in 15 of their 18 home games this term in all competitions. The three games where they failed to score more than three were all against rivals Barcelona.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 30 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this season.
  • Real Zaragoza are winless in 12 games (nine defeats, three draws), the longest streak without a win in La Liga this campaign.
  • In 57 previous visits to the Santiago Bernabeu, Zaragoza have only picked up four wins, although they did beat Mourinho's men 3-2 last season.
  • Zaragoza's top goalscorer in the league is Helder Postiga with four goals, and the Portuguese forward previously played under Mourinho at Porto between 2003 and 2005.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
3PepeDefender
12MarceloDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
12RobertoGoalkeeper
3ParedesDefender
6Maurizio LanzaroDefender
14Paulo Da SilvaDefender
24Ivan ObradovicDefender
-Tomislav DujmovicMidfielder
17LafitaMidfielder
17Rubén MicaelMidfielder
10ApoñoMidfielder
9Carlos ArandaStriker
10Luis GarcíaStriker
25Leo FrancoGoalkeeper
21MineroDefender
8Edu OriolMidfielder
20Franco ZuculiniMidfielder
22A. PintérMidfielder
23Hélder PostigaStriker
17Pablo Edson BarreraStriker
Players to Watch
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
35 17 2 0
The French striker has been in top form this season and looked very sharp in a cameo appearance off the bench midweek against Barcelona, grabbing a goal in the process. The Zaragoza defence will have a tough task keeping the former Lyon man quiet for 90 minutes.
Hélder Postiga
Hélder Postiga
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Porto man is the club's top Liga scorer with four goals yet the Portugal international has not scored in over two months. Postiga will need to find his shooting boots if Zaragoza are to have any chance over Los Blancos.
Prediction
With Madrid going goal crazy at home and Zaragoza's run of 12 games without a win in Liga, it is difficult to see anything other than a comfortable home win when the two teams meet on Saturday evening.
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