Despite guiding his side to the Europa League semifinals, Unai Emery is under pressure to improve the team's league form following a run of only three wins in 14 games.
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Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
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Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has shaken off a virus and will be available to face Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho looks set to welcome back several of his stars who were rested for the midweek Champions League win over APOEL, with Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema all in line for starting berths.
Sergio Ramos is suspended, so Raul Albiol may get the nod in central defense alongside Pepe, who returns after completing his two-game domestic ban.
Valencia duo Sergio Canales and Miguel have recovered from their knee and hamstring injuries, respectively, and the latter has a chance of making the bench.
Captain David Albelda and defender Victor Ruiz are likely to be restored to the starting XI after being omitted from the squad for Thursday's Europa League victory over AZ.
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- Real Madrid has won its last five Liga encounters against Valencia.
- The capital club has scored 100 goals in its 30 league matches so far and, with eight games still to play, is well on course to beat its own record for most goals during a single La Liga season (107 in 1989-90).
- Karim Benzema (pictured right) has struck 15 goals in 19 games in 2012. Gonzalo Higuain has netted seven in his last nine outings.
- Valencia ended a four-game winless run in all competitions with a 4-0 thumping of Dutch side AZ on Thursday.
- Los Che face La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the Europa League on April 19 and 26.
- Valencia's last victory at the Bernabeu was a 3-2 success in March 2008.