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  • 9 February 2013
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
  • • Attendance: 65000
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Real Madrid - Sevilla Preview: Los Blancos look to recover from Granada defeat

Real Madrid - Sevilla Preview: Los Blancos look to recover from Granada defeat

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The troubled Liga champions desperately need a result against Unai Emery's side to build confidence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Manchester United

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Lopez
Arbeloa, Carvalho, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Modric
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema
SEVILLA

Palop
Coke, Fazio, Spahic, Navarro
Maduro, Medel
Navas, Kondogbia, Reyes
Negredo

Real Madrid defender Pepe has recovered from an ankle injury and has an outside chance of being involved in Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Sevilla.

Raphael Varane (hamstring) and Xabi Alonso (groin) are both racing to be fit, while Mesut Ozil returns after serving a one-match ban.

Sevilla have appealed over Ivan Rakitic's dismissal against Rayo Vallecano last weekend and will have the midfielder available if the Spanish Football Federation rules in their favour.

Diego Perotti, Piotr Trochowski and Cicinho are all out injured but captain Andres Palop (hamstring) is likely to return.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have won just one of their last four matches in all competitions (W1, D2, L1).
  • The Castilian side's 1-0 loss at Granada was their fifth Liga defeat of the season and the eighth reverse across all competitions.
  • Madrid are on a 22-game unbeaten run in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Sevilla have won three of their last five matches in all competitions.
  • Los Nervionenses have lost seven of their last eight meetings with Madrid.
  • Jose Antonio Reyes (pictured, right) made 30 Liga appearances for Real in the 2006-07 season, scoring six goals.

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Available Squads
13Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
8KakáMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
29MorataStriker
-BetoGoalkeeper
2Federico Julián FazioDefender
3Fernando NavarroDefender
5Emir SpahicDefender
23CokeDefender
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
24Gary MedelMidfielder
8Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
-Geoffrey KondogbiaMidfielder
7NegredoStriker
21ReyesStriker
-CuestaGoalkeeper
-BotíaDefender
32AlbertoDefender
28Javi HervásMidfielder
-Miroslav StevanovićMidfielder
14Manu Del MoralStriker
9Baba DiawaraStriker
Players to Watch
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
3 6 0 0
The Portugal star has failed to score in his last two matches for Madrid, but did score the first own goal of his career in the defeat against Granada.  Blancos need Ronaldo to be fit and firing as they enter a crucial run of fixtures that could define their season.
Negredo
Negredo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 27-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs in England after some impressive performances for Sevilla this season. Negredo has scored five goals in his last four outings and will be ready to exploit any lapses in Real's defence.
Prediction
Jose Mourinho will have one eye on the eagerly-anticipated midweek showdown with Manchester United, but should still return to winning ways against Sevilla, who have struggled to pick up points away from home.
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