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May 5, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes — Granada
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 22000‎
C. Ronaldo 81′ (PG)
David Cortés 90+2′ (OG)

Granada – Real Madrid Preview: Resino’s side look to seal top-flight status

The Andalusians need two more points to guarantee their survival in the Primera Division as they prepare to welcome the newly-crowned champions to the Nuevo Los Carmenes

By Karthick Arvinth

Mikel Rico; Siqueira; Diakhate, Real Madrid, Granada
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Nyom, Lopez, B Gomez, Siqueira
Moises, M Rico
Jara, Martins, Benitez

Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Marcelo
Granero, Sahin
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo

Granada’s Inigo Lopez is a minor doubt for Saturday’s visit of Real Madrid after sustaining a muscle injury during training.

Fellow defender Diego Mainz is also struggling with a similar problem, while Roberto, Pape Diakhate, Fran Rico and Hassan Yebda are all out.

With the league title already in the bag, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is likely to give his fringe players some match experience, and there could be long-awaited recalls to the starting line-up for Nuri Sahin, Raphael Varane and Raul Albiol.

Fabio Coentrao and Mesut Ozil are both suspended, but Angel Di Maria returns from a one-match ban.

  • Granada have won five of their last eight home games in La Liga.
  • Only Racing Santander (25) and Real Zaragoza (32) have scored fewer goals in the Primera Division this term than Granada (34).
  • Fran Rico played for the Real Madrid B team between 2008-11, making over 50 league appearances.
  • Real Madrid are on a 21-match unbeaten run in La Liga (W18, D3).
  • Averaging 3.2 goals per game, Los Blancos boast the best attack in the Primera Division.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) is the first player to score at least 40 goals in successive seasons in Europe’s top five leagues

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
13Júlio CésarGoalkeeper
16Guilherme SiqueiraDefender
21Íñigo LópezDefender
9Borja GómezDefender
-David CortésDefender
11Dani BenítezMidfielder
17Mikel RicoMidfielder
17Carlos MartinsMidfielder
20Moisés HurtadoMidfielder
11Franco JaraStriker
1José JuanGoalkeeper
2Allan NyomDefender
20Jaime RomeroMidfielder
9Alex GeijoStriker
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
18Nacho FernándezDefender
-Francisco RodríguezDefender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-José Andrés Rodríguez GaitánMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Players to Watch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
12 1 3 1
The Nigerian striker netted both goals in Granada’s vital victory over Espanyol and is in good form heading into this clash. The 22-year-old is the joint top scorer for the Andalusian side with six goals in 28 league appearances, level with Brazilian defender Guilherme Siqueira.
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
27 28 4 1
The Portuguese ace will be desperate to outscore Lionel Messi and retain the ‘Pichichi’ crown, with the Barcelona forward currently leading 46 to 44 heading into the weekend. If he manages it, Ronaldo will become the first player since Hugo Sanchez in the 1980s to retain the top scorer title in La Liga.

Granada secured a hugely significant victory over Espanyol in midweek and will be eyeing at least a point out of this as they vie to secure their stay in the Primera Division. The visitors looks set to rotate their squad, but they should still have too much quality for the Andalusians, who could confirm their top-flight status even in defeat should results go their way elsewhere.

Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
17 0