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November 24, 2012 4:00 PM EST
Estadio Benito Villamarín — Sevilla
Referee:‬ Jesús Gil‎
Attendance:‬ 48500‎
 
17′ Beñat
 

La Liga Preview: Real Betis - Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho's side travels to Seville knowing it cannot afford to lose any more ground in the title race, with a crucial derby against city rivals Atletico Madrid looming.

By Karthick Arvinth

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL BETIS

Adrian
Nelson, Dorado, Amaya, Martinez
Canas, Benat
Pozuelo, Sevilla, Juan Carlos
Castro
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema

Real Betis defenders Paulao and Mario will miss Saturday's Primera Division clash with Real Madrid at the Benito Villamarin through injury.

Brazilian Paulao has been ruled out for four weeks after pulling his hamstring in the 5-1 defeat at Sevilla last weekend, while Mario is expected to be on the sidelines for a similar length of time with a calf problem. Striker Jonathan Pereira (ankle) should be available but midfielder Ruben Perez is suspended after being sent off in the Seville derby.

Mesut Ozil is likely to return to the Real Madrid starting XI after being an unused substitute in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City. But striker Gonzalo Higuain is not yet fully fit with a hamstring problem which has kept the Argentine sidelined for the last two weeks.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Betis has won just three of its last nine matches in all competitions (W3, D1, L5).
  • Los Verdiblancos have lost their last four encounters with Real Madrid with an aggregate score of 5-15.
  • Betis' last home Liga win over Real Madrid was a 2-1 success in February 2008.
  • Real Madrid has won its last five Liga matches and is unbeaten in its last eight.
  • With only nine goals conceded, the Castilian side boasts the joint-best defensive record in the Primera Division.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) needs to score three more times to overtake Paco Gento's tally of 126 goals and become the sixth all-time highest goal scorer for Madrid in La Liga.


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-Adrián San Miguel Del CastilloGoalkeeper
4AmayaDefender
5DoradoDefender
36Álex MartínezDefender
-ÁngelDefender
7BeñatMidfielder
14Salva SevillaMidfielder
17Juan CarlosMidfielder
21José CañasStriker
17Salvador AgraStriker
24Rubén CastroStriker
13CastoGoalkeeper
23NachoMidfielder
24PozueloMidfielder
20N. IgieborMidfielder
8NonoStriker
11Joel CampbellStriker
19Jorge MolinaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
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33Raúl Albiol Defender
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22KakáMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
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28 6
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27 5
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25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
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17 0