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Primera División

  • May 4, 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 52000
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Real Madrid-Real Valladolid Preview: Mourinho's side look to bounce back from European exit

Real Madrid-Real Valladolid Preview: Mourinho's side look to bounce back from European exit

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Los Blancos will be out to extend a four-match winning run in La Liga against Miroslav Dukic's side on Saturday after midweek disappointment in the Champions League


Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is likely to miss the Primera Division encounter against Real Valladolid after picking up a hamstring injury in the win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Defenders Alvaro Arbeloa (back), Marcelo (muscle tear) and Raul Albiol (suspension) are all sidelined, while Cristiano Ronaldo (hamstring) is a doubt.

Real Valladolid have no fresh injury worries for the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Boss Miroslav Dukic could name the same team that played out a 1-1 draw with Sevilla last Sunday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid are on a seven-match winning run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions.
  • Los Merengues are on a 28-match unbeaten streak on home soil in La Liga stretching back to December 2011.
  • Mesut Ozil (pictured, right) has scored four goals in his last two Liga appearances.
  • Real Valladolid have won just one of their last eight matches in La Liga (W1, D4, L3).
  • The Pucela have lost their last four Liga encounters with Real Madrid.
  • Valladolid's last away win over Madrid was a 1-0 success in May 2000.

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Available Squads
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
29MorataStriker
-JaimeGoalkeeper
2Antonio RukavinaDefender
4Marc ValienteDefender
6Jesús RuedaMidfielder
24BalenziagaDefender
-ÓscarMidfielder
-OmarMidfielder
18Álvaro RubioMidfielder
20Patrick EbertMidfielder
-Víctor PérezMidfielder
-Javi GuerraStriker
22D. HernándezGoalkeeper
-SerenoDefender
17Carlos PeñaMidfielder
8Javier Baraja VegasDefender
-SastreMidfielder
-BuenoStriker
26ManuchoStriker
Players to Watch
Kaká
Kaká
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Brazilian playmaker has been on the fringes of the Real Madrid squad and has netted just four times in all competitions this season. With a home World Cup fast approaching, Kaka will be desperate to perform well and push forward his case for regular first-team football.
Javi Guerra
Javi Guerra
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Valencia forward has netted two goals in his last three appearances for Real Valladolid and scored the winner in the recent win over Getafe. Guerra will hope to get on the scoresheet again and push Valladolid towards a top-half finish in the Primera Division.
Prediction
Valladolid are on a three-match unbeaten run in La Liga but do not travel well, having picked up just one win in their last nine away outings. Madrid have little to play for after their Champions League exit but they should have enough in the tank to put the visitors to the sword.
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