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  • February 18, 2013
  • • 04:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: José Luis Paradas Romero
  • • Attendance: 63000
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Real Madrid-Rayo Vallecano Preview: Los Merengues face tricky test against city rivals

Real Madrid-Rayo Vallecano Preview: Los Merengues face tricky test against city rivals

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The defending Liga champions have little time to mull over their midweek 1-1 draw with Manchester United as they prepare for the visit of Paco Jemez's free-flowing side on Sunday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Lopez
Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Coentrao
Khedira, Essien
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo
Benzema
RAYO VALLECANO

Ruben
Tito, Galvez, Amat, Casado
Fuego, Trashorras
Bangoura, Dominguez, Piti
Baptistao

Real Madrid trio Alvaro Arbeloa, Luka Modric and Gonzalo Higuain will miss the Primera Division clash against Rayo Vallecano through suspension.

Xabi Alonso (groin) and Iker Casillas (hand) also miss out, while Pepe, Kaka and Jose Callejon could all be handed starts with the Blancos facing their third game in a week.

Rayo forward Leo Baptistao should play despite spraining his ankle during training on Thursday.

Defender Tito returns from suspension, while coach Paco Jemez begins a two-game touchline ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have only won two of their last six matches in all competitions (W2, D3, L1).
  • The Castilian giants are unbeaten at home in La Liga this season (W9, D2).
  • Jose Mourinho (pictured, right) will take charge of his 100th Liga match for Madrid on Sunday.
  • Rayo Vallecano have won six of their last eight matches in La Liga.
  • Los Franjirrojos have lost their last nine encounters against the Blancos.
  • Rayo's last victory at the Santiago Bernabeu was a 2-1 success in January 1996.

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Available Squads
13Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
29MorataStriker
-Jesús FernándezGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
-José RodríguezMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
25RubénGoalkeeper
2TitoDefender
-CasadoDefender
4Alejandro GálvezDefender
25Jordi FiguerasDefender
10PitiStriker
17TrashorrasMidfielder
15Javi FuegoMidfielder
25Alejandro DomínguezStriker
27LassStriker
-Léo BaptistãoStriker
1CobeñoGoalkeeper
-ArbillaDefender
2Jordi AmatDefender
23Adrián GonzálezMidfielder
30José CarlosMidfielder
20Franco VázquezMidfielder
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-Andrija DelibasicStriker

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