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  • February 2, 2013
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  • • Attendance: 22000
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Granada-Real Madrid Preview: Mourinho's side look to close gap on Atletico Madrid

Granada-Real Madrid Preview: Mourinho's side look to close gap on Atletico Madrid

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Los Merengues can get within a point of their city rivals with victory over the struggling Andalusian outfit, who sacked coach Juan Antonio Anquela on Wednesday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

GRANADA

Roberto
Nyom, Lopez, Mainz, Siqueira
Iriney, M Rico

El-Arabi, Brahimi, Buonanotte
Ighalo
REAL MADRID

Lopez
Arbeloa, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo
Benzema

New Granada boss Lucas Alcaraz could hand a debut to Diego Buonanotte in Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Real Madrid at Los Carmenes.

Youssef El-Arabi is available after returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty, but fellow striker Fabian Orellana has been loaned out to Celta Vigo.

Winger Dani Benitez is still sidelined with a hamstring injury while defender Pape Diakhate is suspended.

Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria all return for Madrid after the trio missed the 1-1 Copa del Rey draw against Barcelona through suspension.

Iker Casillas (hand) and Pepe (ankle) remain out, while Mesut Ozil serves a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Granada have won just two of their last eight Liga matches (W2, D3, L3).
  • The Andalusian side have lost their last three encounters against Real Madrid by an aggregate score of 10-2.
  • Granada have scored just 18 goals in their 21 Liga matches this season.
  • Real Madrid have won just one of their last five away games in all competitions (W1, D2, L2).
  • With just 20 goals conceded this term, Los Blancos boast the second best defensive record in La Liga.
  • Alvaro Arbeloa (pictured, right) played his 150th game for Madrid in the 1-1 Copa del Rey draw against Barcelona.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
-ToñoGoalkeeper
2Allan NyomDefender
5MainzDefender
3Guilherme SiqueiraDefender
2Íñigo LópezDefender
17Mikel RicoMidfielder
-Gabriel TorjeMidfielder
28RecioMidfielder
9Carlos ArandaStriker
11IghaloStriker
10NolitoStriker
13RobertoGoalkeeper
-Brayam AnguloDefender
9Borja GómezDefender
20Yacine BrahimiMidfielder
-Diego BuonanotteMidfielder
-Juanma OrtizMidfielder
-IrineyMidfielder
13Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
12MarceloDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Players to Watch
Diego Buonanotte
Diego Buonanotte
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentine playmaker made the switch to Granada after making just 18 appearances for previous club Malaga in over an year and a half. Buonanotte will want to impress on his debut and hold down a regular starting berth at Los Carmenes.
Raphaël Varane
Raphaël Varane
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The Frenchman was outstanding against Barcelona as he controlled the backline throughout, belying his 19 years of age. Varane's performance in Wednesday's Clasico earned rave reviews from the world media and it also caught the eye of France boss Didier Deschamps, who called up the teenager to the senior squad for only the second time on Thursday.
Prediction
Real have been in desperate form away from home recently but they should comfortably beat Granada, who will be keen to improve their organisation and discipline in Alcaraz's first game in charge.
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