Real Madrid - Zaragoza Preview: Los Blanquillos look to spring Bernabeu upset
Manolo Jimenez's side have won their last three matches in all competitions and will aim to end the hosts' 20-match unbeaten home run on Saturday
By Karthick Arvinth
Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Nacho
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Sapunaru, Loovens, Alvaro, Abraham
Zuculini, Rodriguez, Montanes
Real Madrid are expected to name a much-changed side from the one that beat Alcoyano midweek in the Copa del Rey for their Primera Division clash with Zaragoza at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo will start, but Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo are all injured and Xabi Alonso is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.
Zaragoza, meanwhile, are still without the injured trio of Maurizio Lanzaro, Ivan Obradovic and Adam Pinter.
The Aragonese outfit will also ring the changes after resting a number of players for the Copa win over Granada on Wednesday.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid have won four of their last five matches in La Liga.
- The Castilian giants are on a 20-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions (W17, D3).
- Gonzalo Higuain (pictured, right) needs three more goals to reach the milestone of 100 Liga goals for Madrid.
- Zaragoza have won their last three matches across all competitions.
- The Aragonese side have lost five of their last six meetings with Real Madrid.
- Only Osasuna and Granada (both eight) have scored fewer goals in La Liga this term than Zaragoza (nine).
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Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid CF 8-0 Zaragoza
- 13.63 %
Real Madrid CF 5-0 Zaragoza
- 12.89 %
Real Madrid CF 4-0 Zaragoza
- 11.62 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 30, 2013||Zaragoza 1 - Real Madrid CF 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Nov 3, 2012||Real Madrid CF 4 - Zaragoza 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 28, 2012||Real Madrid CF 3 - Zaragoza 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Aug 28, 2011||Zaragoza 0 - Real Madrid CF 6|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Apr 30, 2011||Real Madrid CF 2 - Zaragoza 3|
|Real Madrid CF|
|Apr 16, 2014||FC Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid CF 2||ESPC|
|Apr 12, 2014||Real Madrid CF 4 - Almeria 0||LIGA|
|Apr 8, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid CF 0||UCL|
|Apr 5, 2014||Real Sociedad 0 - Real Madrid CF 4||LIGA|
|Apr 2, 2014||Real Madrid CF 3 - Borussia Dortmund 0||UCL|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|-||Javier Álamo Cruz||Striker|
The versatile Croat performed the playmaker role to perfection in the 5-0 thumping of Mallorca as he sprayed passes around the pitch, probing for openings. With Xabi Alonso missing out through suspension, the Zaragoza game will be the first real chance for Modric to stake his claim for a permament place in the Real Madrid midfield.
Despite shining on the international stage for Portugal, Postiga remains an awkward and inconsistent performer at club level. Four goals scored in nine appearances this season tells a different story, however, meaning the makeshift Real defence cannot take the former Porto poacher lightly.
This is a tricky game for Real Madrid against a Zaragoza side that has made a habit of notching plucky wins this season. But they should nevertheless be too strong for the visitors, who may not have enough firepower to take advantage of the home side's under-strength defence.
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