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January 20, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
C. Ronaldo 36′
C. Ronaldo 41′

Valencia-Real Madrid Preview: Los Che out to avenge cup defeat

Ernesto Valverde's side will have revenge on their minds after they were aggrieved by the manner of their loss to the Castilian giants in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg

By Karthick Arvinth

Ever Banega, Fabio Coentrao - Real Madrid v Valencia
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Barragan, Rami, R Costa, Guardado
Gago, T Costa
Piatti, Banega, Jonas

Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo

Valencia duo Daniel Parejo and Joao Pereira will sit out Sunday's Primera Division clash against Real Madrid through suspension.

Sergio Canales (knee) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) are also unavailable, while captain David Albelda and defender Victor Ruiz are doubts.

Los Che boss Ernesto Valverde will serve a touchline ban after he was sent off in the 2-0 Copa del Rey defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is back from suspension for Madrid, along with goalkeeper Antonio Adan, who could replace Iker Casillas between the sticks.

Kaka and Sergio Ramos serve bans, while defender Pepe is sidelined through injury.

  • Valencia have won seven of their last nine matches in all competitions.
  • Los Che have failed to beat Real Madrid in their last eight head-to-head meetings, losing six.
  • Fernando Gago (pictured, right) made 119 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2011, scoring one goal.
  • Real Madrid have won just one of their last six away matches across all competitions (W1, D2, L3).
  • The Castilian giants are on a three-match winning streak at the Mestalla.
  • Gonzalo Higuain has scored five times at Mestalla, making him the second-highest scoring Madrid player away at Valencia after Alfredo Di Stefano (six).

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Head to Head
Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Dec 22, 2013 Valencia CF 2 - Real Madrid CF 3
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Spain - Copa del Rey ‎(ESPC)‎ Jan 23, 2013 Valencia CF 1 - Real Madrid CF 1
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Jan 20, 2013 Valencia CF 0 - Real Madrid CF 5
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Spain - Copa del Rey ‎(ESPC)‎ Jan 15, 2013 Real Madrid CF 2 - Valencia CF 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Aug 19, 2012 Real Madrid CF 1 - Valencia CF 1
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
5Víctor RuizDefender
20Ricardo CostaDefender
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
17Pablo PiattiStriker
20Aly CissokhoDefender
14Juan BernatMidfielder
-Jonathan VieraMidfielder
18Haedo ValdézStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Players to Watch
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spain marksman was perhaps unlucky not to score on Tuesday after several questionable offside calls went against him at the Bernabeu. Soldado will be fired up to correct the perceived injustices of the midweek clash and lead his team to victory on Sunday.
Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
11 1 4 0
The former Stuttgart midfielder has been one of the few shining lights in what has otherwise been a dismal season for Madrid. Khedira got into good positions in Tuesday's 2-0 victory and provided his fourth assist of the season when he set up Karim Benzema for the opening goal.
Madrid are struggling to win away from home and will face a hostile reception at Mestalla following the acrimonious fallout from their last meeting on Tuesday. Valencia's home form has been good this season despite some recent mishaps, and they could nick a point out of this.
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
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
17 0