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  • January 7, 2013
  • • 00:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
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Real Madrid - Real Sociedad Preview: Los Blancos seek fresh start after winter break

Real Madrid - Real Sociedad Preview: Los Blancos seek fresh start after winter break

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Dogged by poor results, internal conflict and injuries, the defending Liga champions return to Liga action hoping to turn the corner against Philippe Montanier's side

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Essien, Albiol, Varane, Arbeloa
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Higuain
REAL SOCIEDAD
Roma
Bravo
Estrada, Gonzalez, I Martinez, De La Bella
Illarramendi, Pardo
Vela, Prieto, Griezmann
Ifran

Real Madrid have a host of defensive problems heading into Sunday's Primera Division clash with Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Fabio Coentrao (thigh), Pepe, Marcelo (both ankle) and Sergio Ramos (suspension) are out, but Raul Albiol, Raphael Varane and Gonzalo Higuain all return from spells on the sidelines.

Boss Jose Mourinho is under pressure to restore captain Iker Casillas to the starting line-up, after the Spain international was surprisingly dropped in favour of Antonio Adan for the 3-2 defeat at Malaga.

Real Sociedad are set to be without defender Carlos Martinez, who is struggling with a hip problem.

Midfielder Gorka Elustondo has recovered from a foot injury that has sidelined him since August and is likely to be named on the bench, but Asier Illarramendi is a minor doubt.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have won just four of their last nine matches in all competitions.

  • Madrid conceded the fewest number of La Liga goals in 2012, shipping just 34.

  • Los Merengues are on a 20-match unbeaten Liga run at the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Real Sociedad are on an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W4, D4)

  • The Basque outfit have lost their last seven encounter with Madrid.
  • Sociedad's last Liga win at the Bernabeu was a 4-1 success in May 2004.

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1AdànGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
18Nacho FernándezDefender
2LlorenteDefender
8KakáMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
6Íñigo MartínezDefender
22Dani EstradaMidfielder
24Alberto De la Bella Defender
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
14Rubén PardoMidfielder
17Zurutuza Midfielder
27Antoine GriezmannStriker
11Carlos VelaStriker
-D. IfránStriker
13ZubikaraiGoalkeeper
15Jon AnsoteguiDefender
-José ÁngelDefender
4Gorka Gorka Elustondo UrkiolaMidfielder
24Asier IllarramendiMidfielder
18Chory CastroMidfielder
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