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February 17, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ José Paradas‎
Attendance:‬ 63000‎
 
3′ Morata
 
12′ Sergio Ramos
 

Real Madrid-Rayo Vallecano Preview: Los Merengues face tricky test against city rivals

The defending Liga champions have little time to mull over their midweek 1-1 draw with Manchester United as they prepare for the visit of Paco Jemez's free-flowing side on Sunday

By Karthick Arvinth

Cristiano e Higuaín, durante el Real Madrid-Sevilla
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Lopez
Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Coentrao
Khedira, Essien
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo
Benzema
RAYO VALLECANO

Ruben
Tito, Galvez, Amat, Casado
Fuego, Trashorras
Bangoura, Dominguez, Piti
Baptistao

Real Madrid trio Alvaro Arbeloa, Luka Modric and Gonzalo Higuain will miss the Primera Division clash against Rayo Vallecano through suspension.

Xabi Alonso (groin) and Iker Casillas (hand) also miss out, while Pepe, Kaka and Jose Callejon could all be handed starts with the Blancos facing their third game in a week.

Rayo forward Leo Baptistao should play despite spraining his ankle during training on Thursday.

Defender Tito returns from suspension, while coach Paco Jemez begins a two-game touchline ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have only won two of their last six matches in all competitions (W2, D3, L1).
  • The Castilian giants are unbeaten at home in La Liga this season (W9, D2).
  • Jose Mourinho (pictured, right) will take charge of his 100th Liga match for Madrid on Sunday.
  • Rayo Vallecano have won six of their last eight matches in La Liga.
  • Los Franjirrojos have lost their last nine encounters against the Blancos.
  • Rayo's last victory at the Santiago Bernabeu was a 2-1 success in January 1996.


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Head to Head
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
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
22KakáMidfielder
21MorataStriker
13Jesús FernándezGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
6José RodríguezMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
25RubénGoalkeeper
2TitoDefender
-CasadoDefender
4Alejandro GálvezDefender
25Jordi FiguerasDefender
10PitiStriker
17TrashorrasMidfielder
15Javi FuegoMidfielder
25Alejandro DomínguezStriker
27LassStriker
6Léo BaptistãoStriker
1CobeñoGoalkeeper
-ArbillaDefender
2Jordi AmatDefender
23Adrián GonzálezMidfielder
-José CarlosMidfielder
20Franco VázquezMidfielder
16PereaStriker
23Andrija DelibasicStriker
Players to Watch
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
27 28 4 1
The 28-year-old scored a brilliant header against former club Manchester United in midweek and looked a threat everytime he received the ball. Ronaldo will be out to add to his record of five goals in three appearances against Rayo Vallecano.
Léo Baptistão
Léo Baptistão
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
14 1 2 0
The young Brazilian has been a key performer in cash-strapped Rayo's astonishing rise to sixth position in the Primera Division standings. With seven Liga goals under his belt, Baptistao has proved to be an excellent replacement for Michu, who departed to Swansea City in the summer.
Prediction
Real are likely to make several changes on Sunday, so fatigue should not be a factor in this local derby. Rayo will be on a high after last weekend's win over Atletico Madrid, but they have struggled to replicate their form away from home.
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
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0