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September 24, 2012 6:45 PM BST
Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero) — Madrid
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 9747‎
 
 
 
C. Ronaldo 70′ (PG)

Rayo Vallecano - Real Madrid Preview: Blancos look to kick-start Liga campaign at Vallecas

Jose Mourinho's side will hope to build on their rousing Champions League win over Manchester City as they set about clawing back an eight-point deficit to leaders Barcelona

By Karthick Arvinth

Ronaldo, Real Madrid Vs Manchester city
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

RAYO VALLECANO

Ruben
Tito, Amat, Casado
Fuego, Adrian
Piti, Trashorras, Carlos
Bille, Baptistao
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Higuain

Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez has a full squad to choose from for Sunday's clash with Real Madrid at Vallecas.

Goalkeeper Ruben is available after missing last weekend's 4-3 defeat at Atletico Madrid through suspension.

Real Madrid have no major injury concerns, but coach Jose Mourinho is likely to make changes to the team that beat Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Sergio Ramos is pushing for a start ahead of Raphael Varane, while Mesut Ozil could be brought in for Michael Essien.

Left-back Fabio Coentrao serves the last of his four-match suspension.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Rayo Vallecano are six places above Real Madrid in the Primera Division standings going into Sunday's match.
  • The Vallecas club have lost their last eight head-to-head meetings with Real.
  • Rayo's last victory over their illustrious city rivals was a 1-0 home win in February 1997.
  • Real Madrid are on a three-match losing streak away from home in all competitions.
  • The Castilian side's 3-2 win over Manchester City was their 100th victory in the Champions League, making them the first club to reach the milestone since the tournament was reformatted in 1992.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) has featured in 46 consecutive Liga matches for Madrid since missing the 3-2 defeat to Real Zaragoza in April 2011.


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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Mar 29, 2014 Real Madrid CF 5 - Rayo Vallecano 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Nov 2, 2013 Rayo Vallecano 2 - Real Madrid CF 3
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 17, 2013 Real Madrid CF 2 - Rayo Vallecano 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 24, 2012 Rayo Vallecano 0 - Real Madrid CF 2
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 26, 2012 Rayo Vallecano 0 - Real Madrid CF 1
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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
25RubénGoalkeeper
2TitoDefender
-CasadoDefender
-Mikel LabakaDefender
2Jordi AmatDefender
-José CarlosMidfielder
15Javi FuegoMidfielder
25Alejandro DomínguezStriker
27LassStriker
23Andrija DelibasicStriker
6Léo BaptistãoStriker
-DaniGoalkeeper
4Alejandro GálvezDefender
23Adrián GonzálezMidfielder
10PitiStriker
17TrashorrasMidfielder
33Mohammed AbuMidfielder
22Nicki BilleStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
22KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
Players to Watch
Trashorras
Trashorras
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
33 0 6 0
A product of Barcelona's La Masia academy, Trashorras is an elegant player who is capable of gliding past players and providing incisive passes. The 31-year-old will probably be ordered to curb his attacking instincts and drop back to put pressure on Ozil whenever Rayo lose possession.
Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
27 1 11 2
The Spain international's omission from the starting line-up for the Manchester City game raised a few eyebrows, as Mourinho opted for young Varane in his place. Ramos will be under scrutiny after publicly criticising Mourinho in the aftermath of the drab defeat at Sevilla last week.
Prediction
Rayo have made a solid start to the season but they are a side who will leak goals. The visitors will draw strength from their performance against City and will be determined to reverse their dismal recent away form.
Editor's Prediction
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