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  • October 20, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez
  • • Attendance: 70000
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Real Madrid - Celta Vigo Preview: Depleted Blancos plot return to winning ways

Real Madrid - Celta Vigo Preview: Depleted Blancos plot return to winning ways

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A crippling injury wave during the international break has decimated Jose Mourinho's squad ahead of Saturday's clash with the Galician outfit at the Santiago Bernabeu

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Ramos, Pepe, Albiol, Nacho
Essien, Alonso
Callejon, Modric, Ronaldo
Higuain
CELTA VIGO

Varas
Mallo, Cabral, Tunez, Lago
Oubina, Insa
Fernandez, Park, Krohn-Dehli
Aspas

Real Madrid are facing an ever-growing sick list that could rob them of a half a dozen players for their Primera Division encounter with Celta Vigo.

Full-backs Marcelo (foot), Alvaro Arbeloa (hamstring) and Fabio Coentrao (groin) are definitely out after sustaining injuries during international duty, while Sami Khedira, Raphael Varane, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain are all racing to be fit for the Bernabeu match.

Coach Jose Mourinho looks set to ease his defensive crisis by handing a start to Castilla's Nacho at left-back, with Sergio Ramos likely to step in at the opposite flank.

Celta Vigo goalkeeper Javi Varas has resumed training after suffering a dislocated finger and may return to the starting XI.

Nacho Insa (knee) and Andres Tunez (back) will be handed late fitness tests, while striker Toni (ankle) is fit.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid are on a 15-match unbeaten Liga run at the Santiago Bernabeu (W12, D3).
  • The Castilian side have already dropped 10 points in La Liga this term, just four fewer than in the whole of last season.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored eight goals in his last three matches for Real in all competitions.
  • Celta Vigo are yet to win on their travels in La Liga this term, having lost all three of their away fixtures to date.
  • However, Os Celestes triumphed against Madrid on their last two Liga visits to the Bernabeu.
  • Celta's last defeat away to Real was a 4-2 reverse in February 2004.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
8KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
1SergioGoalkeeper
2Hugo MalloDefender
-Roberto LagoDefender
27Andres Tuñez ArceoDefender
22Gustavo Daniel CabralDefender
4OubiñaMidfielder
8Alex LópezMidfielder
7Cristian BustosMidfielder
23Michael Krohn-DehliStriker
24Augusto FernándezMidfielder
-Iago AspasStriker
13Javi VarasGoalkeeper
16BellvísMidfielder
21SamuelDefender
20ToniMidfielder
9BermejoStriker
10Chu-Young ParkStriker
-De LucasStriker
Players to Watch
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
30 31 4 1
The 27-year-old striker racked up his 100th international appearance for Portugal against Northern Ireland on Tuesday, but the occasion was marred by a below-par performance that drew criticism from the Portuguese media. Ronaldo will look to put a disappointing international break behind him and extend his remarkable start to the domestic season in Spain, where he has scored 14 goals after just 11 games in all competitions.
Michael Krohn-Dehli
Michael Krohn-Dehli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
31 0 5 0
One of the standout performers for Denmark at Euro 2012, Krohn-Dehli showcased intelligent wing play and plenty of technical skill to score two goals in his country's short-lived campaign in Poland and Ukraine. The former Ajax winger will be a threat to whoever plays at right-back for the hosts, especially on the counterattack.
Prediction
If this was being played a fortnight ago, the hosts would probably have run out comfortable winners. A glut of injuries at the Bernabeu gives the visitors a glimmer of hope to produce an upset, but Madrid still possess enough firepower to outscore their opponents.
Editor's Prediction
Celta 1

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