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  • November 3, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
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Real Madrid - Zaragoza Preview: Los Blanquillos look to spring Bernabeu upset

Manolo Jimenez's side have won their last three matches in all competitions and will aim to end the hosts' 20-match unbeaten home run on Saturday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Nacho
Essien, Modric
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Higuain
ZARAGOZA

Roberto
Sapunaru, Loovens, Alvaro, Abraham
Movilla, Apono
Zuculini, Rodriguez, Montanes
Postiga

Real Madrid are expected to name a much-changed side from the one that beat Alcoyano midweek in the Copa del Rey for their Primera Division clash with Zaragoza at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo will start, but Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo are all injured and Xabi Alonso is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.

Zaragoza, meanwhile, are still without the injured trio of Maurizio Lanzaro, Ivan Obradovic and Adam Pinter.

The Aragonese outfit will also ring the changes after resting a number of players for the Copa win over Granada on Wednesday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have won four of their last five matches in La Liga.
  • The Castilian giants are on a 20-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions (W17, D3).
  • Gonzalo Higuain (pictured, right) needs three more goals to reach the milestone of 100 Liga goals for Madrid.
  • Zaragoza have won their last three matches across all competitions.
  • The Aragonese side have lost five of their last six meetings with Real Madrid.
  • Only Osasuna and Granada (both eight) have scored fewer goals in La Liga this term than Zaragoza (nine).

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
8KakáMidfielder
22Alex FernándezMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
12RobertoGoalkeeper
32ÁlvaroDefender
22Glenn LoovensDefender
19Cristian SapunaruDefender
21MineroDefender
7MovillaMidfielder
10ApoñoMidfielder
11MontañésMidfielder
6José MariMidfielder
23Hélder PostigaStriker
-Víctor RodríguezStriker
-Leo FrancoGoalkeeper
3ParedesDefender
-RomaricMidfielder
20Franco ZuculiniMidfielder
22A. PintérMidfielder
9Carlos ArandaStriker
-Javier Álamo CruzStriker
Players to Watch
Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
The versatile Croat performed the playmaker role to perfection in the 5-0 thumping of Mallorca as he sprayed passes around the pitch, probing for openings. With Xabi Alonso missing out through suspension, the Zaragoza game will be the first real chance for Modric to stake his claim for a permament place in the Real Madrid midfield.
Hélder Postiga
Hélder Postiga
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
Despite shining on the international stage for Portugal, Postiga remains an awkward and inconsistent performer at club level. Four goals scored in nine appearances this season tells a different story, however, meaning the makeshift Real defence cannot take the former Porto poacher lightly.
Prediction
This is a tricky game for Real Madrid against a Zaragoza side that has made a habit of notching plucky wins this season. But they should nevertheless be too strong for the visitors, who may not have enough firepower to take advantage of the home side's under-strength defence.
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