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January 20, 2013 3:00 PM EST
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 

La Liga Preview: Valencia - Real Madrid

Ernesto Valverde's side will have revenge on its mind after it was aggrieved by the manner of its loss to the Castilian giant in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg.

By Karthick Arvinth

Ever Banega, Fabio Coentrao - Real Madrid v Valencia
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA

Alves
Barragan, Rami, R Costa, Guardado
Gago, T Costa
Piatti, Banega, Jonas
Soldado
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo
Higuain

Valencia duo Daniel Parejo and Joao Pereira will sit out Sunday's Primera Division clash against Real Madrid through suspension.

Sergio Canales (knee) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) are also unavailable, while captain David Albelda and defender Victor Ruiz are doubts.

Los Che boss Ernesto Valverde will serve a touchline ban after he was sent off in the 2-0 Copa del Rey defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is back from suspension for Madrid, along with goalkeeper Antonio Adan, who could replace Iker Casillas between the sticks.

Kaka and Sergio Ramos serve bans, while defender Pepe is sidelined through injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia has won seven of its last nine matches in all competitions.
  • Los Che have failed to beat Real Madrid in their last eight head-to-head meetings, losing six.
  • Fernando Gago (pictured, right) made 119 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2011, scoring one goal.
  • Real Madrid has won just one of its last six away matches across all competitions (W1, D2, L3).
  • The Castilian giant is on a three-match winning streak at the Mestalla.
  • Gonzalo Higuain has scored five times at Mestalla, making him the second-highest scoring Madrid player away at Valencia after Alfredo Di Stefano (six).


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La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ Dec 22, 2013 Valencia 2 - Real Madrid 3
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Copa del Rey ‎(ESPC)‎ Jan 23, 2013 Valencia 1 - Real Madrid 1
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La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ Jan 20, 2013 Valencia 0 - Real Madrid 5
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Copa del Rey ‎(ESPC)‎ Jan 15, 2013 Real Madrid 2 - Valencia 0
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La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ Aug 19, 2012 Real Madrid 1 - Valencia 1
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
5Víctor RuizDefender
20Ricardo CostaDefender
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
17Pablo PiattiStriker
13GuaitaGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
19BarragánDefender
14Juan BernatMidfielder
-Jonathan VieraMidfielder
18Haedo ValdézStriker
16CanalesMidfielder
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0