Real Madrid vs Real Zaragoza Match Preview

  on November 02 2012 1:57 PM
Real Madrid vs Real Zaragoza Match Preview

Real Madrid host Real Zaragoza at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium as Jose Mourinho's men look to climb the La Liga standings.

The hosts currently sit in fourth place in La Liga, eight points off top spot, and have a great home record this season of three wins and one draw from their four games, with only two goals conceded.Real Madrid are expected to name a much-changed side from the one that beat Alcoyano midweek in the Copa del Rey for their Primera Division clash. Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo will start .Gonzalo Higuain will start with Ronaldo up front.Luka Modric impressed last week and will form the midfield with Ozil, Angel Di Maria. Kaka and Karim Benzema are expected to play some role after their impressive mid week performance. Injury hit Real will be without Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo. Xabi Alonso is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards. Zaragoza have won and lost two each of their four away matches, but are the third-lowest scorers in the entire division with only nine goals in their nine matches. A total of 12 points leaves them sitting in ninth place before this weekend's round of matches. The Aragonese outfit will also ring the changes after resting a number of players for the Copa win over Granada on Wednesday.Helder Postiga and Victor Rodriguez are likely to spearhead their attack.  Zaragoza have lost 5 of their last 6 matches against Real Madrid.Zaragoza defender Alvaro Gonzalez claims he and his team-mates will have no fear at the Bernabeu and will try to spring a surprise. He said at a press conference: "We have nothing to lose but we know it will be difficult. "To beat Madrid they have to have a bad day and you have to have a good day". At Santiago Bernabeu the hosts will start as favorites. They are on a 20 match unbeaten run at this stadium. It remains to be seen whether Zaragoza surprise them or Real have a routine goal fest at the Bernabeu