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  • March 10, 2012
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla
  • Referee: Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 55000
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La Liga Preview: Real Betis - Real Madrid

Los Blancos have been in fine form of late and will be looking for yet another victory when they visit Andalusia this weekend as they close in on the Liga title.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL BETIS


Fabrizio
Nelson, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho
Sevilla, Iriney, Benat
Jonathan,
Castro, Montero

REAL MADRID


Casillas
Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo
Khedira, Xabi Alonso
Ozil, Kaka, Ronaldo
Higuain

With Antonio Amaya sidelined through injury, Paulao is expected to partner Chechu Dorado in the defense although Ustaritz may be considered after Betis' recent defeat to Levante.

The Andalusian side have competition for places in attack although Jefferson Montero and Jonathan Pereira are expected to be chosen to support Ruben Castro upfront with young playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo ruled out.

Real Madrid will be without the injured Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao while Ricardo Carvalho is unavailable through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

However, his compatriot Pepe returns after receiving the same punishment and is expected to partner Sergio Ramos in the center of defense. Karim Benzema is unlikely to play, although he is near fitness and could feature against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

Lassana Diarra and Hamit Altintop have shrugged off knocks yet neither is likely to start the game with Sami Khedira set to hold onto his place in the center of midfield.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Betis has only led in two of its 12 home games at half-time this season, although eight matches have been level at the break.
  • Only Barcelona has hit the woodwork more than the Verdiblancos (17 times), with Ruben Castro striking the post on six occasions alone.
  • The Andalusian club is the only team in La Liga which Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored against.
  • Real Madrid has won its last three meetings against Betis, averaging four goals a game in the process.
  • Mourinho's men are currently on a 10-game winning streak, equalling a run they also set earlier on in the campaign.
  • Each away goal Los Blancos have scored this season has been worth one point (31 away goals, 31 away points).

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30Fabricio Agosto RamírezGoalkeeper
5DoradoDefender
3PaulaoDefender
22NélsonDefender
23NachoMidfielder
7BeñatMidfielder
-Salva SevillaMidfielder
-IrineyMidfielder
19Jorge MolinaStriker
-Jefferson Antonio MonteroMidfielder
24Rubén CastroStriker
13CastoGoalkeeper
-Miki RoqueDefender
-SúperMidfielder
-JuanmaMidfielder
5MatillaMidfielder
21José CañasStriker
24PozueloMidfielder
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
8KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
33Raúl Albiol Defender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker

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