thumbnail Hello,
Live

Primera División

  • 28 August 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio de la Romareda, Zaragoza
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 30000
0
FT
6

La Liga Preview: Real Zaragoza - Real Madrid

La Liga Preview: Real Zaragoza - Real Madrid

Getty

The top division in Spain finally starts this weekend as the capital giants meet Javier Aguirre's side in an interesting encounter at La Romareda


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Real Zaragoza (4-4-2): Franco, Juarez, Mateos, Lanzaro, Arango; Pinter, Ponzio, Lafita, Minero; Perez, Uche

Javier Aguirre's outfit have seen a number of changes over the summer, with nine new additions being made to the Zaragoza side.

New recruits include experienced centre-back Fernando Meira, and on-loan Portuguese star Ruben Micael, but the latter is unlikely to make his debut at this stage. Recent signing Pablo Barrera from West Ham should make the bench.

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Coentrao; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema

Jose Mourinho has improved his squad with a number of signings during the off-season, but few, if any of the new faces are likely to be considered to compete at La Romareda.

Former Benfica man Fabio Coentrao may be given the nod at left-back, while Nuri Sahin is fighting to overcome a knee injury. Otherwise, the Portuguese coach should have a clean bill ahead ahead of the delayed start to the campaign.

 


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid dropped only six points at home last season, and one of the sides who managed to grab a win at the Santiago Bernabeu was this week's opponents.
  • Prior to the recent Supercopa loss to Barcelona, Madrid's last away defeat in all competitions came against Osasuna on January 30 when they lost 1-0.
  • Last season, Jose Mourinho's men scored most of their goals in the league between the 16th and 30th minute and conceded most between the 46th and 60th minute.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo attempted a shot at goal 250 times last season in La Liga.
  • Real Zaragoza's highest league appearances last season were made by Gabi and Jiri Jarosik, who are both no longer with the club after moving on to Atletico Madrid and Sparta Prague respectively.
  • Javier Aguirre's side performed twice as well at home as they did away last season, notching up 30 points at La Romareda and 15 on the road.
  • In the last campaign, Zaragoza conceded most of their goals between the 76th and the 90th minute.
  • Zaragoza scored well under half the amount of goals that their weekend counterparts managed to notch up last season, with just 40 goals to Madrid's 102.

Related

Field Report
Reader's Predictions
Top 3 Predictions
Head to Head
La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ 30 Mar 2013 Zaragoza 1 - Real Madrid 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ 3 Nov 2012 Real Madrid 4 - Zaragoza 0
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ 28 Jan 2012 Real Madrid 3 - Zaragoza 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ 28 Aug 2011 Zaragoza 0 - Real Madrid 6
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ 30 Apr 2011 Real Madrid 2 - Zaragoza 3
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
12RobertoGoalkeeper
21MineroDefender
3ParedesDefender
2Fernando MeiraDefender
14DarabantexDefender
16Efraín JuárezDefender
20Franco ZuculiniMidfielder
17LafitaMidfielder
23Leonardo PonzioMidfielder
15UcheStriker
17Pablo Edson BarreraStriker
-Leo FrancoGoalkeeper
22A. PintérMidfielder
6Maurizio LanzaroDefender
29KevinMidfielder
27Joel ValenciaStriker
26OrtíStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
12MarceloDefender
3PepeDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
8KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Players to Watch
Lafita
Lafita
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
Was a pivotal player in the run in for Zaragoza last season and helped them to avoid relegation. Half of his goal tally for last season was against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu so expect him to be earmarked as a dangerman.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
2 2 0 0
Topped off a brilliant performance in this fixture last season with a trademark piledriver of a free kick past Gregory Coupet. The electric pace and shooting ability of the Portuguese will surely be the main threat to the home side.
Prediction
Real Madrid ran out comfortable winners over Real Zaragoza at La Romareda last campaign and with a strengthened squad this year, you cannot see past Jose Mourinho's men recording another straightforward win to kick off the new season.
Editor's Prediction

From the web