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  • 30 April 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
  • • Attendance: 72000
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Real Madrid - Zaragoza Preview: Jose Mourinho’s men aim to return to winning ways at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid - Zaragoza Preview: Jose Mourinho’s men aim to return to winning ways at the Bernabeu

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Defeated in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, the hosts will feel they have a point to prove on Saturday night as they look to secure victory at home again


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Ramos, Albiol, Pepe, Nacho; Diarra, Alonso, Granero; Canales, Kaka, Benzema.

Although Jose Mourinho has said that he feels Real Madrid are out of the Champions League, he will still conserve his top players for Tuesday’s rematch with Barcelona. Sergio Ramos and Pepe are both banned for that encounter and will hence feature against Zaragoza, but the squad is likely to be formed largely by the players who trounced Valencia 6-3 last weekend.

Sami Khedira remains the big injury problem for los Blancos, while Fernando Gago misses out too.

Zaragoza (4-2-3-1): Doblas; Diogo, Jarosik, Da Silva, Obradovic; Ponzio, Gabi; Boutahar, Lafita, Bertolo; Uche
Nicolas Bertolo will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness after picking up an injury in Zaragoza’s previous fixture against Almeria. It is reported that Javier Aguirre will not take any chances with the midfielder and could keep him in store for next weekend’s clash against Osasuna if he is not in peak condition.

Ander Herrera was dismissed last weekend and will subsequently miss this fixture. Kalu Uche and Ivan Obradovic both return from bans.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • After Jose Mourinho saw his side win their first 14 home league games of the season, Real Madrid have failed to win either of their last two, and were of course beaten by Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu in midweek.
  • Madrid have, however, never dropped a point after taking the lead in a Liga match this season.
  • Remarkably, the nine-time European champions have only conceded once from an effort from outside the box – Jonas got that goal in the 6-3 success over Valencia last weekend.
  • On each of the last three occasions Real Madrid have met Zaragoza, they have picked up maximum points.
  • The omens are not promising for a change in Zaragoza’s fortunes as they have lost five of their last six league matches.
  • Indeed, none of their last 14 clashes against Madrid have ended positively.
  • Only once all season have Javier Aguirre’s side managed to win on the road – the worst record in the league.
  • Zaragoza’s meagre tally of 32 league goals is dwarfed by Real Madrid’s figure of 79.

Players to watch

Kaká

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Kaka has had a troubled season, largely because of injury, but recent performances have hinted that the form that won him the Ballon d'Or has not yet departed his boots. The playmaking Brazilian will be eager to give another strong performance to his side after starring in Valencia.

Doblas

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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Since winning back his place in the Zaragoza starting line-up in February, Toni Doblas has enjoyed an eventful and broadly successful spell. Showed his abilities with a man of the match performance at Camp Nou against Barcelona, even in a 1-0 defeat, and will need to be similarly strong to worry Madrid.

Editor's Prediction

Real Madrid will be positively itching to get back to winning ways after Wednesday night, and they have the perfect opportunity against Zaragoza, whose form has been lamentable of late. Jose Mourinho may only play his reserves, but they showed last weekend that they are more than capable.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Madrid

Real Zaragoza

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
Draw
Real Zaragoza ZAR
Real Zaragoza Real Zaragoza
89%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
4 - 0
Real Zaragoza ZAR
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
3 - 0
Real Zaragoza ZAR
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
5 - 0
Real Zaragoza ZAR

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