Real Madrid – Rayo Vallecano: Hosts in search of seventh straight victory over La Liga new boys

La Liga Week 6
Saturday September 24, 2011 (19.00 UK)

Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Real Madrid welcome Rayo Vallecano to the Bernabeu under pressure to record a victory following poor results in their last two matches.

A 1-0 loss at Levante preceded a disappointing 0-0 draw at Racing Santander and injuries are not making it any easier for Jose Mourinho.

Portuguese trio Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho and Fabio Coentrao all sat out training on Thursday with the expectation that none will be involved on Saturday. Meanwhile, Nuri Sahin has still not recovered from the injury that kept him out over the summer.

The visitors make the short trip to the Bernabeu with almost a full squad with the most notable absentee being Pedro Botelho after the Arsenal youngster saw red during Rayo’s midweek loss to Levante, whilst Jose Casado could return to the starting eleven following injury.

Despite losing at home to the side from Valencia, Rayo midfielder Jose Mar

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