Real Madrid-Real Valladolid Preview: Mourinho's side look to bounce back from European exit
Los Blancos will be out to extend a four-match winning run in La Liga against Miroslav Dukic's side on Saturday after midweek disappointment in the Champions League
By Karthick Arvinth
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is likely to miss the Primera Division encounter against Real Valladolid after picking up a hamstring injury in the win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Defenders Alvaro Arbeloa (back), Marcelo (muscle tear) and Raul Albiol (suspension) are all sidelined, while Cristiano Ronaldo (hamstring) is a doubt.
Real Valladolid have no fresh injury worries for the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Boss Miroslav Dukic could name the same team that played out a 1-1 draw with Sevilla last Sunday.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid are on a seven-match winning run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions.
- Los Merengues are on a 28-match unbeaten streak on home soil in La Liga stretching back to December 2011.
- Mesut Ozil (pictured, right) has scored four goals in his last two Liga appearances.
- Real Valladolid have won just one of their last eight matches in La Liga (W1, D4, L3).
- Valladolid's last away win over Madrid was a 1-0 success in May 2000.
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Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid CF 3-0 Valladolid
- 12.91 %
Real Madrid CF 8-0 Valladolid
- 10.71 %
Real Madrid CF 4-0 Valladolid
- 9.2 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Nov 30, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Valladolid 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||May 4, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Valladolid 3|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Dec 8, 2012||Valladolid 2 - Real Madrid CF 3|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 14, 2010||Valladolid 1 - Real Madrid CF 4|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 17, 2009||Real Madrid CF 4 - Valladolid 2|
|Real Madrid CF|
|Dec 14, 2013||Osasuna 2 - Real Madrid CF 2||LIGA|
|Dec 10, 2013||FC Copenhagen 0 - Real Madrid CF 2||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||CD Olímpic de Xàtiva 0 - Real Madrid CF 0||ESPC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|Nov 27, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Galatasaray 1||UCL|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|8||Javier Baraja Vegas||Defender|
The Brazilian playmaker has been on the fringes of the Real Madrid squad and has netted just four times in all competitions this season. With a home World Cup fast approaching, Kaka will be desperate to perform well and push forward his case for regular first-team football.
The former Valencia forward has netted two goals in his last three appearances for Real Valladolid and scored the winner in the recent win over Getafe. Guerra will hope to get on the scoresheet again and push Valladolid towards a top-half finish in the Primera Division.
Valladolid are on a three-match unbeaten run in La Liga but do not travel well, having picked up just one win in their last nine away outings. Madrid have little to play for after their Champions League exit but they should have enough in the tank to put the visitors to the sword.
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