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  • May 7, 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  • • Attendance: 36000
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La Liga preview: Sevilla – Real Madrid

La Liga preview: Sevilla – Real Madrid

After elimination from the Champions League in midweek, the capital side can only try and prolong the Primera Division title race on Saturday night


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Sevilla (4-2-3-1):
Varas; Dabo, Fazio, Escude, Navarro; Medel, Romaric; Capel, Renato, Perotti; Negredo

Sevilla have suffered a double blow this week as influential playmaker Ivan Rakitic and solid right-back Martin Caceres have both suffered injuries that see them ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Diego Perotti will miss out, so teenager Luis Alberto will be involved in the squad, while Alexis Ruano continues to sit out too. Jesus Navas has not completely overcome a stress fracture.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1):
Casillas; Ramos, Garay, Albiol, Marcelo; Pepe, Alonso; Ronaldo, Ozil, Canales; Higuain

Sami Khedira and Fernando Gago remain injury problems for Jose Mourinho, who will welcome back Pepe and Sergio Ramos from midweek suspension. Both are expected to go straight back into the starting XI.

Questions have been raised over Karim Benzema’s midweek place on the bench, though with an excellent recent scoring record, the Frenchman does have a case to challenge for a starting berth against Emmanuel Adebayor and Gonzalo Higuain.

Ricardo Carvalho and Angel di Maria are banned.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • In their seven home matches since the halfway point of the season, Sevilla have picked up five wins and two draws.
  • When Sevilla last drew a league meeting with los Blancos, that result ensured that the capital side would finish the league in second place, and a similar result would likely have an identical effect.
  • At home against these opponents, Sevilla boast a goals for average of 2.6 per game over the course of the last seven years.
  • Look for the hosts to make a quick start – 16 of their previous 20 goals against los Blancos at home have been struck in the opening 45 minutes.
  • Real Madrid have won five of their last six away matches on league duty. Their other fixture was drawn.
  • This is not a venue Iker Casillas enjoys visiting. Conceding on average 2.38 goals per game he plays at the venue, this is least successful stadium in that regard.
  • At the other end of the field, Karim Benzema has scored in six of his last seven league matches.
  • Strangely, when either Angel di Maria or Ricardo Carvalho has been absent this term, Real Madrid have won all four of their games.
  • Jose Mourinho’s side have a torrid record at this venue in recent times, losing five of their last seven and winning just once.

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Available Squads
-Javi VarasGoalkeeper
3Fernando NavarroDefender
-Julien EscudéDefender
2Federico Julián FazioDefender
21Sergio SánchezDefender
11Diego CapelMidfielder
24Gary MedelMidfielder
5Didier ZokoraMidfielder
-RomaricMidfielder
9NegredoStriker
12Fred KanoutéStriker
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
19PerottiMidfielder
-RenatoMidfielder
-Ivica DragutinovicDefender
1Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
9Arouna KoneStriker
21AlfaroStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
12MarceloDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
7C. RonaldoStriker
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
33Raúl Albiol Defender
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
14Ezequiel GarayDefender
16CanalesMidfielder
25Jerzy DudekGoalkeeper
Players to Watch
Negredo
Negredo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Alvaro Negredo has never quite exploded into the striker that many thought he would become, but the man who was once on the books of Real Madrid is now established as the first choice striker for Gregorio Manzano’s outfit. Goals have proven a little difficult to come by in recent weeks for the 25-year-old, who has scored three times in his last eight outings, two of which were penalties.
Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Former Sevilla defender Sergio Ramos will return to his old club with a desire to prove a point. The World Cup winner should be one of the fresher players in the visiting side after missing out in midweek due to suspension, and he will expect to have an all-action presence down the right. From offensive set pieces, look for the 25-year-old to provide a goal scoring threat with his aerial presence.
Prediction
A midweek draw against Barcelona was not enough to see Real Madrid through to the final of the Champions League, but they remain one of Europe’s best sides. Away from home they have been a little unpredictable in the league, so Sevilla will prove a genuine test. Having picked up a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in March, the hosts will be hopeful of repeating that trick.

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