Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Betis

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Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos' Liga encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday...

Real Madrid return to action in the Primera Division on Sunday night with a game against Betis at home.

Zinedine Zidane's side trail Barcelona by a point at the top of La Liga, although Los Blancos still have a game in hand after their match at Celta Vigo last month was postpomed due to storm damage at Balaidos.

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Madrid sealed their place in the last eight of the Champions League on Tuesday night with a 3-1 win (and 6-2 aggregate victory) over Napoli, but now turn their attentions back to the Primera Division as they search for their first title since 2011-12.


REAL MADRID INJURIES


Cristiano Ronaldo is back after missing the trip to Eibar last weekend, but Raphael Varane and Fabio Coentrao are both sidelined. Pepe is available again despite missing training on Thursday.

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REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS


Gareth Bale was sent off in the 3-3 draw against Las Palmas and his straight red card (after also recieving a yellow) means he has been handed a two-match ban.

The Welsh winger served the first of those in the 4-1 win at Eibar last weekend, but will also be out this time. Alvaro Morata is back from a one-match suspension.

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REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Cristiano Ronaldo returns after missing the 4-1 win against Eibar last weekend, but Bale is still suspended so Zinedine Zidane has to choose from Lucas Vazquez or Marco Asensio in attack.

Alvaro Morata is back from a ban and could feature from the outset to give Karim Benzema a rest.

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In midfield, Mateo Kovacic is likely to feature, while Nacho is set to partner Sergio Ramos at the back after Pepe missed training earlier this week with fatigue from the Napoli game. Isco and James Rodriguez could also feature.

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BETIS TEAM NEWS


Betis are down in 14th place in La Liga with 28 points and the Andalusians have improved since the arrival of Victor Sanchez del Amo as coach.

The former Deportivo boss has a fully fit squad available for this match, but the game at the Santiago Bernabeu will be a tough ask as Betis have lost all nine trips to Madrid and Barcelona since 2011-12.

The Andalusians arrive at the Bernabeu having won one, drawn one and lost the other of their last three fixtures, but they are poor on the road this season without eight defeats from 12 away fixtures in La Liga.

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BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Real Madrid have scored in their last 47 games in all competitions, the best run ever for a La Liga side.

  • Real Madrid have not lost in their last six La Liga games against Betis (winning five and drawing the other).

  • Los Blancos' 3-3 draw at the Bernabeu ended a run of eight league wins at home.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has only failed to score in a La Liga home game against three teams: Tenerife, Leganes and Real Betis.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Real Madrid versus Betis kicks off at 20:45 CET at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday and will be shown live from 19:30 GMT on Sky Sports 1.

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