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  • October 15, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid v Real Betis

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid v Real Betis

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Jose Mourinho's men face a difficult challenge in the form of the newly-promoted side, who have started the season in impressive style


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REAL MADRID

Casillas
Ramos, Carvalho, Pepe, Marcelo
Xabi Alonso, Diarra
Ronaldo, Ozil, Kaka
Higuain

  REAL BETIS
 
Espinosa
Chica, Amaya, Dorado, Perez
Etxebarria, Iriney
Vadillo, Sevilla, Montero
Santa Cruz


After striking a stunning hat-trick against Espanyol in their last league outing, Gonzalo Higuain is expected to retain his spot in attack as Karim Benzema continues to recover from injury. Nuri Sahin remains out, while Raul Albiols fractured cheekbone is likely to keep him out for the remainder of the month.

Jose Mourinho has been given a boost, however, with the news that Pepe and Fabio Coentrao have returned from muscle injuries and will be in contention to feature. Lassana Diarra and Sami Khedira will battle for the midfield berth alongside Xabi Alonso.

Betis coach Pepe Mel has far less to worry him in terms of his team's fitness, and indeed Nelson is the only player ruled out of the clash at this stage.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid thrashed Betis 6-1 the last time the sides met at Santiago Bernabeu, in February 2009.
  • Madrid have netted 13 goals in their last three outings, victories over Rayo Vallecano, Ajax, and Espanyol.
  • Levante are the only team to defeat Real Madrid in the Primera Division so far this season, overcoming Jose Mourinho's side 1-0 last month.
  • Striker Gonzalo Higuain has netted consecutive hat-tricks for club and country, against Espanyol and Chile
  • Real Betis' last victory at Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga came in November 1998, when they achieved a 1-0 victory.
  • After four consecutive wins to kick off the campaign, the Sevilla-based side have recorded back-to-back losses against Getafe and Levante.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
12MarceloDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
3PepeDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
7C. RonaldoStriker
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
1AdànGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
13CastoGoalkeeper
23NachoMidfielder
5DoradoDefender
4AmayaDefender
2ChicaDefender
-Salva SevillaMidfielder
-IrineyMidfielder
7BeñatMidfielder
7VadilloStriker
19Jorge MolinaStriker
24Rubén CastroStriker
-GoitiaGoalkeeper
39Sergio Midfielder
-JuanmaMidfielder
11MomoMidfielder
23Jonathan PereiraStriker
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
21José CañasStriker
Players to Watch
Gonzalo Higuaín
Gonzalo Higuaín
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Hat-tricks against Espanyol and Chile for club and country mean that the Argentine is in red-hot form, and will look to take advantage of Karim Benzema's injury by maintaining his excellent goalscoring run.
Roque Santa Cruz
Roque Santa Cruz
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
31 6 1 0
The on-loan Paraguayan forward has yet to truly kick-off his career at the Andalusian club, but what better time to build on his two goals against Zaragoza last month, than against the might of Madrid?
Prediction
Betis have started the season strongly but two defeats in a row suggests that their dream return to the top flight could be ready to turn sour. Expect Jose Mourinho's hosts to record a fairly straightforward victory.
Editor's Prediction
Betis 1

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