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Primera División

  • September 24, 2011
  • • 2:00 PM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: José Luis Paradas Romero
  • • Attendance: 72000

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Rayo Vallecano

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Rayo Vallecano


Jose Mourinho will be hoping his team gets back to winning ways against its local rival when the two sides meet on Saturday evening.


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

Sami Khedira returns for Jose Mourinho's side after serving a one-game suspension and is expected to replace Lassana Diarra in the center of midfield. Sergio Ramos is also likely to return to the starting lineup in place of Alvaro Arbeloa at right back.

With Pepe and Fabio Coentrao out injured, Raphael Varane will continue at center back while Angel Di Maria may regain his place in the team, with Jose Callejon dropping to the bench.

Rayo Vallecano (4-2-3-1): Gimenez; Tito, Labaka, Figueras, Raul Bravo; Fuego, Movilla; Trashorras, Pacheco, Michu; Piti

The newly-promoted side will be without on-loan Arsenal winger Pedro Botelho, who was sent off in the 2-1 defeat to Levante on Wednesday. Dani Pacheco, another loanee, is likely to come in for the Brazilian.

Mikel Labaka is expected to continue in defense, leaving Alejando Arribas on the bench while Piti will lead the front line, despite failing to score this season.

  • Real Madrid has scored 10 goals in four Liga games so far this season, despite failing to find the net in its last two matches.
  • When the two sides last met in the league, Madrid ran out 3-1 winners at the Bernabeu in April 2003.

  • Jose Mourinho has one of the youngest squads in La Liga, with Madrid's squad age averaging 24.5 years old.

  • Ricardo Carvalho has already accrued three yellow cards in La Liga this season, despite the new campaign only being a month old.

  • Rayo Vallecano was promoted to the Primera Division last season, ending an eight-year absence from Spain's top-flight.
  • The club is based in the Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas and is one of Jose Mourinho's men's local rivals.

  • Rayo has met Madrid on 14 occasions, winning two, drawing one and losing the remaining 11 encounters.

  • Like Madrid, the side's only defeat of the season has come against Levante with Jose Ramon Sandoval's side currently sitting in 10th place.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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