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March 10, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Balaídos — Vigo
Referee:‬ Javier Estrada‎
Attendance:‬ 25344‎
63′ Iago Aspas
C. Ronaldo 61′
C. Ronaldo 72′ (PG)

Celta Vigo-Real Madrid Preview: Los Merengues target sixth straight victory

Jose Mourinho's side return to Liga action with a trip to Balaidos on Sunday after their comeback win against Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16

By Karthick Arvinth

Luka Modric celebrating a goal, Manchester United v Real Madrid

Celta Vigo midfielder Natxo Insa will miss the Primera Division encounter against Real Madrid with a hamstring problem.

Defenders Hugo Mallo and Samuel (both knee) are also sidelined, but Roberto Lago could return after recovering from flu.

Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will be without Angel Di Maria, who suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday's 2-1 win at Manchester United.

Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso are unlikely to be risked after playing through niggling injuries at Old Trafford, while Cristiano Ronaldo (illness) is a minor doubt.

  • Celta Vigo have won just one of their last eight matches in La Liga (W1, D2, L5).
  • The Galician outfit have lost their last five Liga encounters against Real Madrid at Balaidos.
  • Celta's last home Liga win over Madrid was a 3-0 success in May 2001.
  • Real Madrid are on a five-match winning run in all competitions.
  • But Los Merengues have only won four of their last nine away games across all competitions, losing three in the process.
  • With his winner against Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) surpassed Eusebio's record of 46 goals to become the leading Portuguese goalscorer in the European Cup.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
13Javi VarasGoalkeeper
-Roberto LagoDefender
3Andres Tuñez ArceoDefender
11Vadim DemidovDefender
8Alex LópezMidfielder
23Michael Krohn-DehliStriker
24Augusto FernándezMidfielder
9Iago AspasStriker
-De LucasStriker
22Gustavo Daniel CabralDefender
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
14Fabián OrellanaStriker
10Chu-Young ParkStriker
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
33Raúl Albiol Defender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
Players to Watch
Iago Aspas
Iago Aspas
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
A string of solid performances for Celta Vigo saw the 25-year-old striker linked with a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window, before the English club eventually opted for Newcastle United's Demba Ba. Celta's top scorer with nine Liga goals this season, Aspas will look to make runs behind the Real Madrid defence at every opportunity.
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
27 28 4 1
The Portugal star was far from his best against Manchester United but still scored the winner to eliminate his former club from the Champions League. Ronaldo will be ready to pounce on any lapses from a Celta defence that has conceded eight goals in its last three outings.
Celta were comprehensively outclassed by Sevilla on Monday and face an uphill fight to save themselves from relegation. Cup wins over Barcelona and United have transformed Real's season, and they will now look to kick on and finish strongly in La Liga.
Editor's Prediction
Celta 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