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  • March 10, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla
  • Referee: Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 55000
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Real Betis - Real Madrid Preview: Jose Mourinho's men looking for 11th consecutive Liga victory this season

Los Blancos have been in fine form of late and will be looking for yet another victory when they visit Andalusia this weekend as they close in on the Liga title


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL BETIS


Fabrizio
Nelson, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho
Sevilla, Iriney, Benat
Jonathan,
Castro, Montero

REAL MADRID


Casillas
Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo
Khedira, Xabi Alonso
Ozil, Kaka, Ronaldo
Higuain

With Antonio Amaya sidelined through injury, Paulao is expected to partner Chechu Dorado in the defence although Ustaritz may be considered after Betis' recent defeat to Levante.

The Andalusian side have competition for places in attack although Jefferson Montero and Jonathan Pereira are expected to be chosen to support Ruben Castro upfront with young playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo ruled out.

Real Madrid will be without the injured Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao while Ricardo Carvalho is unavailable through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

However, his compatriot Pepe returns after receiving the same punishment and is expected to partner Sergio Ramos in the centre of defence. Karim Benzema is unlikely to play, although he is near fitness and could feature against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

Lassana Diarra and Hamit Altintop have shrugged off knocks yet neither is likely to start the game with Sami Khedira set to hold onto his place in the centre of midfield.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Betis, have only been leading in two of their 12 home games at half-time this season, although eight matches have been level at the break.
  • Only Barcelona have hit the woodwork more than the Verdiblancos (17 times), with Ruben Castro striking the post on six occasions alone.
  • The Andalusian club are the only team in La Liga who Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored against.
  • Real Madrid have won their last three meetings against Betis, averaging four goals a game in the process.
  • Mourinho's men are currently on a 10-game winning streak, equalling a run they also set earlier on in the campaign.
  • Each away goal Los Blancos have scored this season has been worth one point (31 away goals, 31 away points).

Players to watch

Rubén Castro

Position: Attacker

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The forward has nine Liga goals this term and if the Andalusian side are going to cause Los Blancos any problems, this will depend on their ability to get their top scorer involved in the game. Despite their great form, Madrid's defenders have been known to switch off at times and Castro could be on hand to punish them.

Kaká

Position: Midfielder

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The Brazilian playmaker was at his brilliant best against Espanyol last weekend and with the former AC Milan man looking to have reached his most impressive form of the season, expect him to be a real menace to the Betis backline. In particular pay attention to his link-up play with Gonzalo Higuain which has been very impressive of late

Editor's Prediction

With Madrid in superb form, it is difficult to see anything other than an away win for the side looking likely to be crowned Liga champions at the end of the season. However, with one-eye on their midweek Champions League game against CSKA Moscow, do not expect goals galore with Jose Mourinho sure to make full use of his three substitutes during the match.

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