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  • 8 April 2012
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Real Madrid - Valencia Preview: Under-fire Los Che look to end three-game Liga winless run at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid - Valencia Preview: Under-fire Los Che look to end three-game Liga winless run at the Bernabeu

Adil Rami y Roberto Soldado - Valencia

Despite guiding his side to the Europa League semi-finals, Unai Emery is under pressure to improve the team's league form following a run of only three wins in 14 games


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Albiol, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema
VALENCIA

Guaita
Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu
Albelda, T Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Alba
Soldado

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has shaken off a virus and will be available to face Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho looks set to welcome back several of his stars who were rested for the midweek Champions League win over APOEL, with Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema all in line for starting berths.

Sergio Ramos is suspended, so Raul Albiol may get the nod in central defence alongside Pepe, who returns after completing his two-game domestic ban.

Valencia duo Sergio Canales and Miguel have recovered from their knee and hamstring injuries, respectively, and the latter has a chance of making the bench.

Captain David Albelda and defender Victor Ruiz are likely to be restored to the starting XI after being omitted from the squad for Thursday's Europa League victory over AZ.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have won their last five Liga encounters against Valencia.
  • The capital club have scored 100 goals in their 30 league matches so far and, with eight games still to play, are well on course to beat their own record for most goals during a single La Liga season (107 in 1989-90).
  • Valencia ended a four-game winless run in all competitions with a 4-0 thumping of Dutch side AZ on Thursday.
  • Los Che face La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Europa League on April 19 and 26.
  • Valencia's last victory at the Bernabeu was a 3-2 success in March 2008.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
8KakáMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
30GuaitaGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
18Víctor RuizDefender
20Ricardo CostaDefender
5Mehmet TopalMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
21ParejoMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
17Pablo PiattiStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
19BarragánDefender
3Jérémy MathieuDefender
8Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
Players to Watch
Ángel Di María
Ángel Di María
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Having come unscathed through his second half substitute appearance against APOEL in midweek, the injury-plagued Argentine could be in line to make his first start for Real Madrid in 2012. Having the former Benfica winger back will feel like a new signing for Mourinho as the La Liga title race enters a critical phase.
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Getafe forward struck both goals in Valencia's 3-2 defeat to Madrid at the Mestalla earlier in the season and he will need to deliver again if Los Che are to take points off their free-scoring hosts.
Prediction
Valencia's emphatic midweek victory over AZ gives them a much-needed boost after a string of disappointing results in recent weeks. Nevertheless, their domestic woes look set to continue on Sunday night against the league leaders, who look to have restored order after a brief wobble to continue their relentless march to the Liga title.
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