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February 8, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 75624‎
 

Real Madrid-Villarreal Preview: Blancos without Ronaldo against Yellow Submarine

The Portuguese attacker begins his three-match suspension as Carlo Ancelotti's men look to bounce back from last weekend's dropped points

Karim Benzema Roberto Granada Real Madrid Liga BBVA
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Real Madrid will be without leading goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday's visit of Villarreal in La Liga due to suspension.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are in a three-horse race for the league title, placed third behind holders Barcelona and current leaders Atletico Madrid after only drawing with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The dropped points were made worse when Ronaldo was sent off following an incident with Carlos Gurpegui 15 minutes from time.

Ronaldo's dismissal earned him a three-match ban, which will see him miss the visit of a side that have proven stubborn opposition for the Blancos in recent encounters.

Villarreal have denied Madrid wins in their last two meetings, drawing 1-1 in March 2012 thanks to an 83rd-minute Marcos Senna goal before Giovani dos Santos earned his side a 2-2 draw earlier this season with a goal 20 minutes from time.

Both those results came at the Camp El Madrigal and Madrid will be more confident ahead of Saturday's fixture given their recent record against Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

They have scored 13 times on Villarreal's last three visits, conceding four times, and Ancelotti will be eager to pile the pressure on Atletico and Barca, who play later on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Marcelino Garcia Toral's men have won three of their last five away games in La Liga and sit just three points off Athletic Bilbao, who occupy the final Champions League spot.

However, their recent resurgence on the road will be put to the test against Madrid, with the hosts - who have not conceded at the Bernabeu in La Liga since November 9 - having lost only once at home in the top flight this season.


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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 8, 2014 Real Madrid CF 4 - Villarreal 2
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 14, 2013 Villarreal 2 - Real Madrid CF 2
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Mar 21, 2012 Villarreal 1 - Real Madrid CF 1
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Oct 26, 2011 Real Madrid CF 3 - Villarreal 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ May 15, 2011 Villarreal 1 - Real Madrid CF 3
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Available Squads
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
15Daniel CarvajalDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
24Asier IllarramendiMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
20Jesé RodríguezStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
23IscoMidfielder
21MorataStriker
25Sergio AsenjoGoalkeeper
14Mario GasparDefender
4Mateo MusacchioDefender
5DoradoDefender
42JaumeMidfielder
-J. AquinoDefender
21SorianoMidfielder
54Moisés GómezMidfielder
-Edu RamosMidfielder
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
23Jonathan PereiraStriker
30Aitor Goalkeeper
17Bojan JokicDefender
-Aleksandar PanticDefender
-Gabriel PaulistaDefender
-Joan Ángel RománMidfielder
52TriguerosMidfielder
-Jérémy PerbetStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0