Partido; Numancia - Real Madrid
Estadio; Los Pajaritos
Real Madrid return to Soria on Saturday for the first time in three years and for only the eight time in History. Our all-time 5-1-1 record at Los Pajaritos Stadium is excellent... but we know History only counts for so much. This match will not be easy, Numancia are strong at home and are the only team to have defeated Barca this season. Still, boasting the best defense in the league so far in 2009 and having won every game in the new year we should be confident of cutting the lead at the top of the table to nine points (Barca do not take to the field until Sunday).
If we're lucky, we may even see a momentous moment in Real Madrid History. Raul Gonzalez is just one goal away from pulling even with Alfredo Di Stefano as Real Madrid's top scorer of all time in all competitions - and three goals away from becoming Real Madrid's all-time top scorer in La Liga.
Alfredo di Stefano told AS that he is delighted about Raúl having the chance to match or even break his goal-scoring record against Numancia this weekend.
"How can something like this bother me? I am very happy for Raul. He is a wonderful kid that has always defended the Club. It is an extraordinary success for him to have scored so many goals. He is a formidable player, a great professional that takes care of himself."
S.Ramos - Pepe - Cannavaro - Heinze
Robben - Lassana - Gago - Sneijder
Higuaín - Raúl