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December 22, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio La Rosaleda — Málaga
Referee:‬ Alejandro Hernández‎
Attendance:‬ 28004‎
49′ Isco
Sergio Sánchez 66′ (OG)

Malaga - Real Madrid Preview: Los Boquerones look to close gap on visitors

Manuel Pellegrini's side can move within two points of the struggling Castilian giants in the Primera Division standings with victory at La Rosaleda on Saturday

Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid v Espanyol
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 Gamez, Demichelis, Onyewu, Monreal Iturra, Camacho
Joaquin, Isco, Eliseu
 Santa Cruz


 Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
 Khedira, Alonso
 Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo

Malaga will be without captain Weligton against Real Madrid, after the defender picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-0 win over Sevilla.

Oguchi Onyewu is likely to deputise for Weligton at the back, while Julio Baptista and Jeremy Toulalan are also sidelined.

Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao picked up a muscle problem in the 2-2 draw with Espanyol and is a minor doubt.

Raphael Varane, Raul Albiol and Gonzalo Higuain remain absent, but Karim Benzema (ankle) is available.

  • Malaga have won just three of their last 12 matches in all competitions (W3, D5, L4).
  • The Andalusians have lost their last five encounters with Real Madrid across all competitions.
  • Malaga have been drawn with Porto in the Champions League round of 16.
  • Real Madrid have won just two of their last five away matches in all competitions.
  • Los Merengues will face English giants Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 on February 13 and March 5.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored four goals in his last five outings for Real in all competitions.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
13Willy CaballeroGoalkeeper
2Jesús GámezDefender
26Martín DemichelisDefender
21Sergio SánchezDefender
30Javier SaviolaStriker
1Carlos KameniGoalkeeper
5Oguchi OnyewuDefender
-Manuel IturraMidfielder
-Diego BuonanotteMidfielder
21Sebastián Fernández MiglierinaStriker
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
4Sergio RamosDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
Players to Watch
Roque Santa Cruz
Roque Santa Cruz
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
28 6 1 0
The Paraguay international could again get the nod over Javier Saviola to lead Malaga's attack, owing to his greater aerial ability. The 31-year-old will look to take advantage of the vulnerability Real have shown at the back in recent matches.
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
32 17 2 0
The Frenchman has struggled for form this season, netting just three goals in 13 appearances in La Liga. With Gonzalo Higuain still missing out through injury, Benzema will need to do more as the focal point of Real's attack and help claw back the 13-point deficit to Barcelona.
Malaga are in a decent run of form and will consider this a great opportunity to topple Real, who are in disarray on and off the pitch. Injuries, loss of form and dressing-room squabbles have all but ended the Blancos title challenge, and they could drop more points here.
Editor's Prediction
Malaga 1
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