Iker Casillas is a major doubt for Real Madrid going into this weekend's trip to Valencia. Real Madrid's player of the season picked up a muscle injury in our 3-1 win over Real Betis Balompié and with the Uefa Champions League resuming next week, he will not be risked in this match if he fails to prove his fitness. Zinedine Zidane's scans have revealed that he didn’t suffer a strain in his left thigh, and will be allowed to resume training this week although it is most likely that Vanderlei Luxemburgo will rest him this weekend in order to have him raring to go against Juventus FC in Italy next week. Question marks still remain over the fitness of club captain Raul, but Guti should be ready by the weekend.
Valencia are having a poor season for their standards but there is always plenty of passion and committment on display when Real Madrid come to visit. The fans always get roudy and loud at the Mestalla and if we fall behind early we could be in trouble. Possession football and controlling the tempo is the key in this match. FC Barcelona face a tricky game at El Sadar against CA Osasuna, so I am hoping we will see yet another vital twist in the championship race.
Valencia CF Home Record:
P12 W7 D3 L2
% of points accumulated at Home: 67%
Real Madrid Away Record:
P12 W6 D2 L4
% of points accumulated on Road: 53%
Valencia CF: DLLWD
Real Madrid CF: WWLLW
23/10/04: Real Madrid CF 1-0 Valencia CF (Owen 7).
27/09/03: Valencia CF 2-0 Real Madrid CF (Mista 4, Oliveira 74).
La Liga| Saturday| 5 March 2005| 19:00 GMT| Estadio Mestalla.
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