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  • February 12, 2012
  • • 20:30
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 71000
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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Levante

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Levante

Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid

Los Merengues will be out to avenge an embarrassing defeat to Juan Ignacio Martinez's side earlier this season when they walk out at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Granero, Alonso
Ozil, Kaka,
Ronaldo
Benzema
LEVANTE

Munua
Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Del Horno
Iborra, Farinos
El Zhar, Barkero, Suarez
Kone

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been handed a boost ahead of Sunday's Primera Division clash with Levante, with key duo Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria returning to full fitness.

Germany international Khedira has been missing from action since early January with an ankle injury, while Di Maria has been nursing a thigh problem and is yet to feature in 2012. Both players are expected to be named on the bench.

The game is likely to come too soon for left-back Marcelo, who has been struggling with a thigh problem, while Hamit Altintop (calf) is also out.

Levante duo Jose Javier Barkero and Asier del Horno could recover from injury in time to make the trip to the capital.

Defender Juanfran is struggling with a foot complaint and is unlikely to feature, while Xavi Torres is suspended.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have not dropped a point in the league since December 10, when they lost 3-1 to Barcelona at the Bernabeu.
  • Los Blancos are the only Primera Division club to have scored in every home game this campaign in all competitions.
  • Real were named the richest club in the world for the seventh year running by accountancy firm Deloitte this week.
  • Fourth-placed Levante, who notched a surprise 1-0 victory over Real in September, have not won in the league since December 10.
  • The east coast club have lost all of their last eight away games in all competitions.
  • Ivorian striker Arouna Kone (pictured) is Levante's leading scorer this season with nine goals.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
-Gustavo MunúaGoalkeeper
-Asier Del HornoDefender
-Javi VentaDefender
18BallesterosDefender
22Gustavo Daniel CabralDefender
8FarinósMidfielder
-Óscar SerranoMidfielder
10IborraMidfielder
23ValdoMidfielder
25Nabil El ZharMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
-K. NavasGoalkeeper
12Juan García GarcíaDefender
19Pedro LópezDefender
6PallardóMidfielder
22Pedro BotelhoDefender
-Rubén SuárezMidfielder
-Abdel Kader GhezzalStriker
Players to Watch
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
30 31 4 1
The Portuguese star has been in the spotlight in the past week amid rumours that he has grown disillusioned with life in the Spanish capital and is plotting a move back to England in the summer. While some sections of the Bernabeu faithful have questioned his attitude, there can be no doubt that the former Manchester United man remains the driving force behind Real's quest for a first league title in four years.
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Ivorian striker has excelled in the lone striker role this campaign and netted the winner against Real in the reverse fixture in September. The 28-year-old will have to keep up his goalscoring form if the Valencian club are to keep their push for European qualification on track.
Prediction
Levante are without a win in the league in over two months and they desperately need a spark of inspiration from somewhere to reignite their season. The odds of them getting anything at the Bernabeu are very slim, especially with the league leaders in such imperious form.
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