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Primera División

  • 8 May 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Jesús Gil
  • • Attendance: 60000
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Real Madrid-Malaga Preview: Mourinho's side aim to prolong title race

Real Madrid-Malaga Preview: Mourinho's side aim to prolong title race

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Los Merengues will hope to make Barcelona wait at least until the weekend before they are officially crowned the Spanish Primera Division champions for the 22nd time


Raul Albiol is available for Real Madrid's Liga clash against Malaga on Wednesday after completing a one-match ban.

Fellow defenders Alvaro Arbeloa (back), Sergio Ramos (hamstring) and Marcelo (muscle tear) are all out injured, while Pepe has been left out of the squad after criticising coach Jose Mourinho earlier in the week.

Malaga captain Weligton is suspended after picking up his 10th booking of the season in Saturday's defeat at Granada.

Defender Jesus Gamez and midfielder Jeremy Toulalan remain sidelined for the Andalusian club, who have no other injury concerns.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid are on an eight-match winning run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions.
  • Should the Castilian giants fail to beat Malaga, Barcelona will become Primera Division champions for the fourth time in five seasons.
  • Saturday's 4-3 win over Real Valladolid was Jose Mourinho's 85th Liga victory as Madrid boss. Only Leo Beenhakker (89) and Miguel Munoz (257) have overseen more Liga wins at the Bernabeu club.
  • Malaga are on a four-match losing run away from home across all competitions.
  • Los Boquerones have lost seven of their last eight encounters against Madrid at the Bernabeu.
  • Javier Saviola (pictured, right) made 28 appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2009, scoring five goals.

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Available Squads
13Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
-FabinhoDefender
8KakáMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
13Willy CaballeroGoalkeeper
2Diego LuganoDefender
26Martín DemichelisDefender
18EliseuMidfielder
21Sergio SánchezDefender
-AntunesDefender
6CamachoMidfielder
23IscoMidfielder
19Júlio BaptistaMidfielder
27PortilloMidfielder
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
1Carlos KameniGoalkeeper
5Oguchi OnyewuDefender
17JoaquínMidfielder
-Manuel IturraMidfielder
17DudaMidfielder
30Javier SaviolaStriker
21S. FernándezStriker
Players to Watch
José Mourinho
José Mourinho
Position: Manager/Coach
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Isco
Isco
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Prediction
Editor's Prediction
Malaga 1

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