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Primera División

  • April 8, 2012
  • • 20:30
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez
  • • Attendance: 72000

Real Madrid - Valencia Preview: Under-fire Los Che look to end three-game Liga winless run at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid - Valencia Preview: Under-fire Los Che look to end three-game Liga winless run at the Bernabeu

Adil Rami y Roberto Soldado - Valencia

Despite guiding his side to the Europa League semi-finals, Unai Emery is under pressure to improve the team's league form following a run of only three wins in 14 games



Arbeloa, Pepe, Albiol, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo

Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu
Albelda, T Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Alba

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has shaken off a virus and will be available to face Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho looks set to welcome back several of his stars who were rested for the midweek Champions League win over APOEL, with Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema all in line for starting berths.

Sergio Ramos is suspended, so Raul Albiol may get the nod in central defence alongside Pepe, who returns after completing his two-game domestic ban.

Valencia duo Sergio Canales and Miguel have recovered from their knee and hamstring injuries, respectively, and the latter has a chance of making the bench.

Captain David Albelda and defender Victor Ruiz are likely to be restored to the starting XI after being omitted from the squad for Thursday's Europa League victory over AZ.

  • Real Madrid have won their last five Liga encounters against Valencia.
  • The capital club have scored 100 goals in their 30 league matches so far and, with eight games still to play, are well on course to beat their own record for most goals during a single La Liga season (107 in 1989-90).
  • Karim Benzema (pictured right) has struck 15 goals in 19 games in 2012; Gonzalo Higuain has netted seven in his last nine outings.
  • Valencia ended a four-game winless run in all competitions with a 4-0 thumping of Dutch side AZ on Thursday.
  • Los Che face La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Europa League on April 19 and 26.
  • Valencia's last victory at the Bernabeu was a 3-2 success in March 2008.

Players to watch

Á. di María

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Having come unscathed through his second half substitute appearance against APOEL in midweek, the injury-plagued Argentine could be in line to make his first start for Real Madrid in 2012. Having the former Benfica winger back will feel like a new signing for Mourinho as the La Liga title race enters a critical phase.


Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Getafe forward struck both goals in Valencia's 3-2 defeat to Madrid at the Mestalla earlier in the season and he will need to deliver again if Los Che are to take points off their free-scoring hosts.

Editor's Prediction

Valencia's emphatic midweek victory over AZ gives them a much-needed boost after a string of disappointing results in recent weeks. Nevertheless, their domestic woes look set to continue on Sunday night against the league leaders, who look to have restored order after a brief wobble to continue their relentless march to the Liga title.

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