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Primera División

  • March 16, 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  • • Attendance: 61000
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Real Madrid-Mallorca Preview: Mourinho's side look to close gap on Barcelona

Real Madrid-Mallorca Preview: Mourinho's side look to close gap on Barcelona

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Los Blancos climbed above city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Primera Division table with their win at Celta Vigo last Sunday and now have the Liga leaders in their sights


Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is expected to start Saturday's clash against Mallorca after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Angel Di Maria is out with a hamstring problem and, along with long-term injury victim Iker Casillas, is the only confirmed absentee for the Santiago Bernabeu clash.

Midfielders Jose Luis Marti and Javi Marquez miss out for Mallorca through suspension, but Michael Pereira returns following a one-match ban.

On-loan defender Pedro Geromel has recovered from a hamstring problem and is likely to partner Jose Nunes in central defence.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid are on a six-match winning run in all competitions.
  • Los Merengues are on a 36-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu across all competitions (W29, D7).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored 19 goals in 16 appearances for Madrid in 2013.
  • Mallorca have lost four of their last five matches away from home in La Liga.
  • The Islanders have lost six of their last seven encounters against Madrid.
  • Mallorca's last Liga win at the Bernabeu was a 3-1 success in May 2009.

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Available Squads
13Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
8KakáMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
29MorataStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
12MarceloDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
13Dudú AouateGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
16NunesDefender
17BigasMidfielder
23KevinDefender
5Tomás PinaMidfielder
23Fernando TissoneMidfielder
8NsueStriker
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
19Ví­ctorStriker
21AlfaroStriker
1Juan Calatayud SánchezGoalkeeper
4Anderson ConceiçãoDefender
27LunaDefender
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
27XimoDefender
7Michael PereiraMidfielder
16Tomer HemedStriker
Players to Watch
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 0 0
The Portugal star's 19 goals in 16 club appearances in 2013 marks his best ever start to a calendar year, bettering his previous best of 15 goals in 2012. Ronaldo will look to add to his 26 Liga goals this season as Real Madrid set about clawing back their 13-point deficit from Barcelona.
Alfaro
Alfaro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 26-year-old winger scored both goals in the 2-1 win against former club Sevilla last Saturday to take Mallorca within two points of 17th-placed Real Zaragoza in the Liga standings. Alfaro will look to get the better of a Madrid backline that has failed to keep a clean sheet in its last five outings.
Prediction
With no midweek fixture to distract them, Madrid will go all out to record a big win and put some pressure on Barcelona, who play on Sunday. Mallorca travel to the Bernabeu after back-to-back wins over Granada and Sevilla, but they will have to work very hard to subdue the home side's attacking threat.
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