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  • September 15, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 35000
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Sevilla - Real Madrid Preview: Los Merengues look to keep pace with Barcelona

Sevilla - Real Madrid Preview: Los Merengues look to keep pace with Barcelona

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The Liga champions will be hoping star man Cristiano Ronaldo can put aside his apparent misery and fire his team to three points in the Andalusian capital

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SEVILLA

Palop
Cicinho, Botia, Spahic, Navarro
Rakitic, Medel, Trochowski
Navas, Negredo, Manu

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema

Sevilla welcome back midfielder Diego Perotti from injury for Saturday's clash with Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

But the Andalusian outfit are set to be without Jose Antonio Reyes, who missed the goalless draw at Rayo Vallecano with a shoulder problem.

Goalkeeper Diego Lopez returns from suspension, while French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia may be given his debut.

Real Madrid have no fresh injury concerns, with the suspended Fabio Coentrao being the only absentee.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start despite his apparent dissatisfaction with the Madrid hierarchy.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sevilla are yet to taste defeat in La Liga this season, with an opening home win over Granada followed by successive draws away to Granada and Rayo Vallecano.
  • Los Rojiblancos have lost their last seven meetings with Real Madrid in all competitions.
  • Sevilla's last home win over Real Madrid was a 2-1 success in La Liga in October 2009.
  • Real Madrid have scored 12 goals in their last two visits to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
  • The Castilian side's 2-1 defeat at Getafe ended a 17-match unbeaten run away from home in La Liga.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) has netted eight goals in his last three encounters with Sevilla.

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Available Squads
1Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
3Fernando NavarroDefender
5Emir SpahicDefender
2CicinhoDefender
-BotíaDefender
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
8Gary MedelMidfielder
10Ivan RakiticMidfielder
8Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
15Piotr TrochowskiMidfielder
9NegredoStriker
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
27CalaDefender
16CampañaDefender
14LunaDefender
-Geoffrey KondogbiaMidfielder
14Manu Del MoralStriker
9Baba DiawaraStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
33Raúl Albiol Defender
19Luka ModricMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Players to Watch
Jesús Navas González
Jesús Navas González
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
One of the best wingers around, the Spain international is staggeringly quick and is an excellent crosser of the ball. Navas can cause problems down Madrid's left flank, and he will love nothing more than to set up a goal or two for Alvaro Negredo and end Sevilla's dismal recent run of results against the Liga champions.
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
All eyes will be on the Portugal skipper after he cryptically declared last week that he was "sad" at the club. The 27-year-old has since moved to calm the waters, assuring fans that his gripe with Real is not motivated by money. Ronaldo must now put the whole matter behind him, and do his talking on the pitch or risk the Madridistas getting on his back.
Prediction
The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan has been a happy hunting ground for Real in recent seasons and they will be determined to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona. Sevilla's tepid draws against Granada and Rayo Vallecano have left fans underwhelmed, and their unbeaten start to the campaign could well come to an end here.
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