Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(100) 62 Goals 35 (49)
(69) 32 Assists 27 (33)
(6.9) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.6)
28.5 Average Age 27.7
185.9 Average Height (cm) 180
(1.3) 1.6 Shots pg 1.3 (1)
(58%) 60% Aerial Duel Success 50% (48%)
(0.6) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.8)
(1.4) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.8)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Iker Casillas Out 6.58
Álvaro Arbeloa Out 7.03
Luka Modric Out 7.19
Gonzalo Higuaín Out 7.25
Player Reason Status Rating
Rodri Out 6.35
Mikel Labaka Out 6.24

Team News

  • José Mourinho surprised everyone with his selection as Luka Modrić, Michael Essien and Kaká completely transformed the midfield against Sevilla, while strikers Gonzalo Higuaín and Karim Benzema started together for first time this season.
  • 'The Special One' is likely to shuffle the pack once again, with Xabi Alonso and Mesut Özil likely to get a rest following the match against Manchester United in midweek.
  • With the league now bottom of their list of priorities, Mourinho won't be too concerned that he can't call upon Álvaro Arbeloa, Modrić or Higuaín due to ill-discipline.
  • Leo Baptiste scored his 8th goal of the season and the winner as they shocked the club he is expected to sign for in the summer, beating Atlético Madrid 2-1.
  • Rayo have no fresh injury concerns, so expect an unchanged line-up.
  • 31 year old Piti still leads the attacking threat and he's the clubs' top goalscorer this campaign, with four of his strikes coming away from Vallecas.

Prediction

  • Rayo have only won four games away from home in the league this season, and though they may be up-to sixth it's predominately down to their form at home.
  • Ronaldo took the plaudits last weekend after netting hat-trick in an hour, but Kaká was equally impressive given the amount of playing time he has missed this season and the Brazilian should continue to be selected in the league.
  • Such is the power of Madrid's squad that bringing in the fringe players is actually assisting their La Liga achievements and they should win comfortably despite facing a flying Rayo side.
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